Program of Race and Ethnic Studies
Race and Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary area that explores knowledge about Americans of African, American Indian, Asian/Asian American, and Latinx/Latin American descent. It examines their experiences, roles, and achievements through courses in disciplines as varied as history, literature, sociology, political science, music, women’s and gender studies, geography, and philosophy and religious studies. Assessing past and current theories and research about race and ethnicity, Race and Ethnic Studies also contributes theoretical and practical knowledge for students of all backgrounds. It provides a valuable interdisciplinary perspective on the major academic disciplines as well.
The Race and Ethnic Studies Program offers five minors:
- African American Studies
- American Indian Studies
- Asian/Asian American Studies
- Latinx/Latin American Studies
- Race and Ethnic Studies
The five minors in the program are a valuable asset in many areas of employment (e.g., business, industry, teaching, law, health, social work, communications, counseling, and research).
Race and Ethnic Studies courses are open to students in all curricula, some as general education courses, some as general electives. New courses with a focus on race and ethnicity are being developed, and existing courses are being offered on a rotating basis. Students should obtain the most recent lists from the Race and Ethnic Studies Program Coordinator.
Minors in Race and Ethnic Cultures
RACEETH 150 ATLANTIC HISTORY (DV) (GH) 3 Units
This course explores the Atlantic community created as a result of Christopher Columbus' voyage of 1492. It examines the process which drew together the history of four continents, Europe, Africa, North and South America as a result of the commerce, migrations, and imperial rivalries inititated by the Columbian encounter. The course, thus, focuses not only on the Atlantic Ocean itself as a frontier and zone of interaction but on the destruction and reconfiguration of Indigenous societies, the patterns of labor developed as a result of African slavery, the creation of new world societies, independence movements and different strategies of accommodation, resistance and rebellion.
CROSS-LISTED: HISTRY 150 AND RACEETH 150
RACEETH 201 INTRODUCTION TO RACE AND ETHNIC STUDIES (DV) 3 Units
As the gateway and methods course for all the minors in the Race and Ethnic Studies Program, this interdisciplinary course provides an introduction to race theory frameworks from multiple disciplines (critical race theory, racial identity development, third space and cultural hybridity) and applies them to the dynamic and overlapping histories, cultures and literatures of historically underrepresented groups in the U.S.
RACEETH 202 INTRODUCTION TO U.S. LATINO/A LITERATURE (DV) (GH) 3 Units
The course will present students with the diverse U.S. Latino experiences, by introducing them to texts that examine literary works by authors of Latino/Latina backgrounds, in their historical context and cultural context.
CROSS-LISTED: ENGLISH 202 AND RACEETH 202
RACEETH 217 ETHNIC POLITICS (DV) (GE) 3 Units
The central concern of this course is to provide the student an awareness of the political development of racial and ethnic minorities in today's political arena. It will compare and contrast the development of the white ethnic communities of the 19th and 20th centuries with our modern day racial and ethnic minorities. (Offered jointly with political science).
CROSS-LISTED: RACEETH 217 AND POLISCI 217
RACEETH 280 POLITICS OF URBAN INEQUALITY IN THE U.S. (DV) (GS) 3 Units
The course offers a sophisticated depiction of systemic urban inequality that constrains the lives of the urban poor. The readings will feature academic books and research articles that describe and analyze the politics and life experiences in inner-city neighborhoods.
CROSS-LISTED: POLISCI 280 AND RACEETH 280
RACEETH 285 ASIAN AMERICANS (DV) (GS) 3 Units
The course examines the intersection of Asia and United States through peoples who migrated from Asia. It reviews issues of race and ethnicity and provides an overview in Asian cultures so that students can understand Asian American diversity and Asian cultures of origin. It examines the diverse experiences of the various Asian peoples who have migrated to the U.S.
PREREQ: GENED 130 AND GENED 120 OR GENED 140, OR SOPHOMORE STANDING
RACEETH 321 IMMIGRATION TODAY: INDIVIDUAL, COMMUNITY, AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES 3 Units
This course focuses on the changes in immigration to the United States in recent decades, challenges that recent immigrants face, and the controversies around this immigration. The immigrant experience of Latinos and the Hmong in Midwest will be emphasized, from an individual, family, and community perspective.
CROSS-LISTED: SOCWORK 321/RACEETH 321
RACEETH 344 RACE, ETHNICITY AND FILM (DV) 3 Units
This course will sociologically analyze racial and ethnic patterns in American films. We will discuss how decision-makers shape the public imagination. We will examine how race intersects with other identities in ways that lead to specific trends in Hollywood. We will highlight the relationship between media, culture and the economy.
PREREQ: JUNIOR/SENIOR STATUS OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
CROSS-LISTED: SOCIOLGY/RACEETH 344
RACEETH 368 AMERICAN MINORITY WOMEN WRITERS (DV) 3 Units
A survey of poetry, fiction, drama, and essays written by African-American, Hispanic-American, Native American, and Asian-American women.
PREREQ: ENGLISH 101 AND ENGLISH 102 OR ENGLISH 161 AND ENGLISH 162 OR ENGLISH 105.
CROSS-LISTED: RACEETH 368 AND ENGLISH 368
RACEETH 380 RACE, ETHNICITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE: ISSUES FOR HELPING PROFESSIONALS (DV) 3 Units
The course is designed to help students develop a greater understanding of the influence of one's race and ethnicity on the ways individuals perceive the world and the ways they are treated by others and by society. Within the framework of the helping professions, students will have the opportunity to examine their attitudes toward members of racial and ethnic minorities, develop ways to learn about the participation in and treatment of racial and ethnic minority groups in work, education, and social services, and examine ways to affect one's own attitudes and society to achieve social justice.
CROSS-LISTED: RACEETH 380 AND SOCWORK 380
RACEETH 394 MINORITY AND MULTIRACIAL FAMILIES (DV) 3 Units
This course will examine the "traditional" definition of family throughout American history as well as how more and more families challenge this definition. We will discuss how political, economic and social factors have shaped the experiences, structure and dynamics of families; and we will analyze trends in family formation patterns. (Offered jointly with Race and Ethnic Studies).
PREREQ: COMPLETION OF THE UNIVERSITY U.S. RACIAL/ETHNIC DIVERSITY REQUIREMENT OR 3 CREDITS OF SOCIOLGY
CROSS-LISTED: RACEETH 394 AND SOCIOLGY 394
RACEETH 481 CAPSTONE SEMINAR IN RACE AND ETHNIC STUDIES 3 Units
This capstone course, to be taken as one of the last courses in the minor, is required of all minors in the Race and Ethnic Studies Program. Students will hone their research methods in race/ethnic studies and apply them to a project. The project, which may be research, creative, or professional application in nature, will be presented orally.
PREREQ: JUNIOR STANDING, A MINOR IN RACE AND ETHNIC STUDIES, RACEETH 201, AND AT LEAST 9 ADDITIONAL UNITS OF COURSES WITHIN THE RACE AND ETHNIC STUDIES AREA, INCLUDING AFRIAMR, ASIANAM, AMERIND, CHICANO, LATINX, AND RACEETH
RACEETH 490 WORKSHOP Repeatable 1-3 Units
Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing `hands on` and participatory instructional techniques.
RACEETH 491 TRAVEL STUDY 1-3 Units
Variable topics. Faculty-led courses abroad.
RACEETH 493 INTERNSHIP RACEETH Repeatable 1-12 Units
RACEETH 496 SPECIAL STUDIES Repeatable 1-3 Units
Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings.
RACEETH 498 INDEPENDENT STUDY Repeatable 1-3 Units
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable three times for maximum of 9 credits.