For complete information about minoring, see the online catalog.

 A minimum of 24 credits are required, distributed as follows:

One class from the core

  • HIST 240: Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. 
  • SOAN 225: Race and Ethnicity in a Global Perspective
  • HIST 243: African American History

ETHS 400: Topics in Race and Ethnic Studies (4 credits)

16 additional  elective credits

  • No more than 8 credits in the same department 
  • Click below for current and upcoming elective options
  • 12 credits must be distinct to the minor and at least one of the elective courses must be taught at the 300 or 400 level

The Senior Capstone Colloquium will be inter-disciplinary


  • ART-207

    Pre-Columbian Art

    M/W/F 11:30 am-12:30pm Matthew Johnston

    Overview of the art of the Aztec, Maya, and Inca civilizations and other major early Central and South American cultures. Examination of architecture, sculpture, ceramics, painting; how the arts played a key role in developing a sense of continuity within these societies across time and distance.


    African American Literature

    M/W/F 11:30 am-12:30pm Kristin Fujie

    In this class, we will study the African American literary tradition from slavery through the present. Topics will include the particularity and plurality of the African American experience; Black authors’ participation in and departures from the broader tradition of American literature; and discussion of what it means to define oneself and one’s community, other people and their communities, or a literary tradition with reference to race. Authors may include Wheatley, Douglass, Jacobs, Sejour, Washington, Du Bois, Chesnutt, Hughes, Bennett, Toomer, Larsen, Ellison, Baldwin, Wright, Brooks, Giovanni, Baraka, Lorde, Morrison, Butler, Cole, Dove, Trethewey, Smith.


    US Revolution to Empire

    M/W/F 10:20-11:20 Nancy Gallman

    This survey course focuses on the shifting political, cultural, economic, and social developments of the United States from the Revolutionary period through the Spanish-American War. The themes underpinning the course will be the contested nature of freedom and the relationship between freedom and slavery; settler colonialism; ideologies about manhood and womanhood; the growth of capitalism; and the expansion of the nation-state and the origins of American empire. Along with attending to these themes, the course will provide you with an introduction to the discipline of history itself. History is not a series of names and dates, but an interpretive act in which we develop conclusions based on various types of historical evidence.


    Modern Latin American History

    T/TH 9:40-11:10 Elliott Young

    Confrontation with the complexity of modern Latin America through historical analysis of the roots of contemporary society, politics, and culture. Through traditional texts, novels, films, and lectures, exploration of the historical construction of modern Latin America. Themes of unity and diversity, continuity and change as framework for analyzing case studies of selected countries.


    Emergence of Modern South Asia

    M/W/F 9:10-11:10 David Campion

    The social, economic, and political history of the Indian subcontinent from the 18th century to the present. The cultural foundations of Indian Society; the East India Company and the expansion of British power; the experience of Indians under the British Raj; Gandhi and the rise of Indian nationalism; independence and partition; postcolonial South Asian developments in politics, economy, and culture. Thematic emphasis on the causes and consequences of Western imperialism, religious and cultural identities, and competing historical interpretations.


    Crime and Punishment in the US

    F 1-4 Reiko Hillyer

    The rise of the carceral state in the United States, including crime in different historical eras and the ways Americans have sought to deter, punish, and rehabilitate. Sub-topics include the changing role of the police; changing definitions of what constitutes a crime; the evolution of the prison system; the rise of convict labor; the political economy of the recent prison boom; the emergence of the victims’ rights and prisoners’ rights movements; the privatization of prisons; differences in treatment based on race, gender, and age. Course will take place in a nearby correctional facility. Restrictions: Interested students must submit a formal application to be considered for the course. For details, please contact the instructor. Junior standing required.


    Immigration and Asylum Law

    T/TH 1:50-3:20 Elliott Young

    Introduces students to immigration and asylum law in the United States. Students will work with instructor on several asylum cases for which instructor serves as expert witness for country conditions. Countries we cover include Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Venezuela. Asylum claims cover a variety of topics, including political persecution, drug cartel and gang violence, sexual violence, and gender and sexual orientation-based discrimination. Guest speakers will include immigration lawyers, immigration advocates, and immigration law professors. Students will apply liberal-arts research and writing skills to draft declarations for asylum petitioners, and they will work in teams on several cases during the semester, participating in intake interviews with clients to hearings before an immigration judge.


    Comparative Rhetoric

    M 3-4:30, TH 3:30-5 Kundai Chirindo

    Comparative approaches to rhetorical theory and criticism. History, theory, and contributions of non-Euro-American rhetorics. Exploration of rhetoric’s role in culture, knowledge, philology, and colonialism. Study of current scholarship on non-Euro-American rhetorics, including methodology.


    Social Change in Latin America

    T/TH 1:50-3:20 Sarah Warren

    Dynamics of social change in Latin America, with a particular focus on revolutionary transformations. Comparative analysis of social change in Cuba, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, and other countries. An introduction to key concepts from development theory, social movements research, cultural studies, and political economy analysis.


    Religion, Society, and Modernity

    T/TH 11:30-1:00 Kabir Heimsath

    Anthropological approaches to religion in the context of modern global transformations, including secularism, capitalism, and colonialism. Advanced introduction to classic theories (Marx, Durkheim, Weber) in the sociology and anthropology of religion, along with their contemporary ethnographic applications. Critical ethnographies of the ideological, practical and embodied expressions of religion in contemporary context.


    Latin America and Spain: Enlightenment to the Present

    M/W/F 10:20-11:20 Matthieu Raillard

    Introduction to major trends in Latin American and Spanish literature from the Enlightenment period to the present day. Selected works from Latin America and Spain read in the context of cultural and historical events.

For currently declared Ethnic Studies Minors as of Spring 2015 please reference the minor requirements below:

A minimum of 24 credits are required, distributed as follows:

  • One class from the Core
  • HIST 240: Race and Ethnicity in the U.S or SOAN 225: Race and Ethnicity in a Global Perspective.
  • ETHS 400: Ethnic Studies Colloquium (4 credits)
  • No more than 16 credits in any one division. 

Twelve credits must be discrete to the minor and at least one of the elective courses must be taught at the 300 or 400 level.

Students will choose either an Arts and Humanities or Social Sciences track depending on the Core class they choose and must take two additional classes in that track and two in the other track.

The Senior Capstone Colloquium will be inter-disciplinary.