The Race and Ethnicity Studies minor consists of seventeen hours of coursework. The minor is interdisciplinary; it is required that you take courses across multiple divisions and departments. No more than nine hours can be in the same department, and courses must come from at least three different departments and two divisions. The two lists of courses in the minor consist of a set of “core” courses that substantially and intentionally engage the study of race and ethnicity as a central theme of the course (Schedule A) and a second set of courses that include a significant exposure to topics related to various perspectives on race and ethnicity (Schedule B).

The capstone for the minor is a one-credit research course that students may link to another upper-level course of their choosing or may be an independent project.

The requirements of the minor are:

(a) INDS 210 (Introduction to Race and Ethnicity Studies), which is a prerequisite for the 400-level capstone;

(b) two 3-hour core courses from the following list (Schedule A): BIOL 363 (Human Evolution/Anthropology), ENGL 224 (Introduction to African American Literature), ENGL (Postcolonial Literature), ENGL 230 (Multi-Ethnic American Literature), ENGL 340 (Morrison), HIST 180 (The Moton Story), HIST 219 (African American History To 1865), HIST 220 (African American History Since 1865), HIST 323 (Invasion of America), MUSI 212 (History of Popular Music in the US), MUSI 312 (Popular Music and Race in the U.S.), PSYC 306 (Social Psychology), PSYC 350 (Advanced Lab; will count towards the minor only when the section focuses on race and ethnicity), RELI 334 (Religion and Ethnicity in America);

(c) two 3-hour courses from the following list (Schedule B): BIOL 130 (Bioethics), HIST 205 (East Asia to 1800), HIST 206 (East Asia since 1800), HIST 207 (Middle East from Muhammad to the Mongols), HIST 208 (Emergence of the Modern Middle East), HIST 209 (Latin American History To 1820), HIST 210 (Latin American History Since 1820), HIST 221 (European Imperialism), HIST 322 (History of the Caribbean), HIST 323 (Invasion of America), HIST 340 (Mexico and the Border), PHYS 107 (Energy and the Environment), RELI 201 (Judaism), RELI 202 (Religions of South Asia), RELI 203 (Religions of East Asia), RELI 204 (Islam), SPAN 332 (Survey of Latin American Literature), SPAN 315 (Culture and Civilization of Latin America), THEA 201 (Asian Theatre);

(d) one additional course from either Schedule A or Schedule B; (e) INDS 410 (Race and Ethnicity Minor Capstone), ending in a spring symposium.

One course must illustrate geographic diversity, focusing on a different global region than other minor courses (ex: a course on Asia to complement studies on race and ethnicity in America).

Special topics (x85) or Experiential Learning (Compass) courses centered on issues of race and ethnicity not on these lists may count toward the minor, upon submission of the syllabus and subject to the approval of the Race and Ethnicity Studies advisor. Courses with catalogue listings may be added with the approval of the minor advisory committee and the approval of AAC.

Students completing the minor are also encouraged to consider adding a relevant off-campus opportunity (for example, an internship, service- learning course, or study abroad), including related off-campus Experiential Learning (Compass) classes. If this experience falls during the summer between junior and senior year or during first half of the senior year, the student has the option of using it as a basis for capstone work in the minor in the spring of the senior year.

One course credited toward the Race and Ethnicity Studies minor can overlap with courses for other minors.

updated 8/8/23