For complete information about minoring, see the online catalog.

 A minimum of 24  semester credits distributed as follows:

One course chosen from the following:

  • HIST 240 Race and Ethnicity in the United States
  • HIST 243 African American History Since 1863
  • SOAN 225 Race and Ethnicity in Global Perspective

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

16 elective semester credits from the departmental listings below

  • No more than 2 courses can be applied to the minor from any one department
  • At least one of the elective courses must be at the 300 or 400 level
  • 12 semester credits must be exclusive to the minor

The Senior Capstone Colloquium will be inter-disciplinary


  • ETHS-400

    Topics in Race and Ethnic Studies

    W 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. R. Hillyer

    Reading and critical analysis of major interpretive works. Organized around themes or analytical problems; comparative study of works in ethnic studies exemplifying different points of view, methodologies, subject matter. Focus varies
    depending on instructor’s teaching and research area.


    Postcolonial Literature: Anglophone Africa, India, Caribbean

    M/W/F 12:40 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. R. Zimring

    Literary works and essays exploring the literary and cultural issues that arise from the questioning and collapse of the colonial world order. Topics include decolonization and national allegories; authenticity and the invention of tradition; constructions of race; the role of women in empire and the nation; adolescence and the novel of education; Western travel and primitivism; violence and trauma. Authors include Chinua Achebe, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Aime Cesaire, J.M. Coetzee, Tsitsi Dangarembga, E.M. Forster, Una Marson, Arundhati Roy, Jean Rhys, Salman Rushdie, Edward Said.


    Topic: Environmental Populisms

    M/W/F 9:10-10:10 J. Proctor

    Application of concepts and skills from ENVS 160 and ENVS 220 to the understanding of specific environmental issues. Potential topics include biodiversity, climate change, energy, environmental justice, international agreements, land use, natural-resource depletion, pollution, sustainability, transportation, and urban sprawl. May be taken twice for credit with change of topic.


    Francophone Literature

    M/W 3:00-4:30 P. Brand

    Major works by Francophone writers outside of France (Africa, Canada, Caribbean). Focus on sociocultural issues as expressed in literature. Class discussion, short papers, oral presentations, midterm, final.


    Colonial Latin American History

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

    History of Latin America from Native American contact cultures through the onset of independence movements in the early 19th century. Cultural confrontations, change, and Native American accommodation and strategies of evasion in dealing
    with the Hispanic colonial empire.


    Britain in the Age of Revolution, 1688 to 1815

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

    A history of Britain and its people from the Glorious Revolution to the end of the Napoleonic War. The end of absolutism and the rise of the constitutional monarchy; the Augustan Age: arts, letters, and religion; the Atlantic world and
    British overseas expansion; the Enlightenment and scientific revolution; the American Revolution and its aftermath; union with Scotland and Ireland and
    the creation of the British national identity; the revolution in France and the wars against Napoleon; the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution.


    20th-Century Germany

    T/TH 9:40-11:10 M. Healy

    Origins and consequences of World War I; attempts to develop a republican government; Nazism; evolution of the two Germanies after 1945 and their reunification. Readings on relationship between individual and state, pressures for
    conformity, possibility of dissent.


    Borderlands: U.S.-Mexico Border, 16th Century to Present

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

    The concept and region known as the Borderlands from when it was part of northern New Spain to its present incarnation as the U.S.-Mexico border.
    Thematic focus on the roles of imperialism and capitalism in the formation of borderlands race, class, gender, and national identities. The transformation of this region from a frontier between European empires to a borderline between nations.


    African Politics

    T/TH 9:40-11:10 L. Vinson

    Introduces students to political, social, and economic issues facing African states (primarily sub-Saharan), covering both domestic and international dimensions. The course explores the historical origins and contemporary dynamics of challenges associated with democratization, civil conflict, and underdevelopment, as well as
    emerging opportunities and prospects. Students gain specific country expertise and are also equipped to make sense of the variation in the experiences of a range of African countries.


    Perception and International Relations

    T/TH 11:30-1:00 B. Mandel

    Processes and patterns of intergroup and international perception, views of enemies, perception in foreign policy-making and deterrence, ways of reducing perceptual distortions. Students analyze and theorize about the role of misperception - distortions in one state’s perception of other states - in international relations.


    Global Justice

    T/TH 11:30-1:00 J. Holzwarth

    Normative issues in international politics, including such topics as national sovereignty, just war theory, international intervention, human rights, cultural rights, secession and self-determination, the competing ethics of patriotism, nationalism, and cosmopolitanism. Historical approaches through such thinkers as Thucydides, Hobbes, Kant, Mill, followed by contemporary readings, including such authors as
    Rawls, Walzer, Kymlicka, Rorty, Nussbaum.


    Cross-Cultural Psychology

    M/W 7:00p.m.-8:30p.m. Y. Zhang

    Relations between culture and human behavior. Examination of topics in psychology from a multicultural, multiethnic perspective, with special emphasis on cultural influence on research methods, self-concept, communication, emotion,
    social behavior, development, mental health. Cultural variation, how culture shapes human behavior, and psychological theories and practices in different cultures.


    Argument and Social Justice

    T/TH 9:40-11:10 M. Reyes

    Investigation of argumentation and social justice. Exploration and application of
    scholarship through the community-based Thank You for Arguing, a mentoring program run with local inner-city public schools. Theoretical and methodological frameworks for understanding the role of argumentation in fostering social justice
    explored through readings, class discussion, and writing assignments.


    Culture and Power in the Middle East

    T/TH 1:50-3:20 O. Kosansky

    Introduction to the anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa, with an emphasis on the relationship between global and local forms of social hierarchy and cultural power. Topics include tribalism, ethnicity, colonialism, nationalism, gender, religious practices, migration, the politics of identity.


    Borderlands: Tibet and the Himalaya

    T/TH 9:40-11:10 K. Heimsath

    Investigation of the “borderland” nature of anthropology dealing with Tibet and the broader Himalayan region. Without clear state definition, scholastic inquiry is dispersed among distinct themes rather than a cohesive historical or cultural approach. Focus on ethnographies of non-state peoples, cross-border travel,
    marginalized lives, and international development and representation. Reading-intensive course with a series of literature review assignments leading toward a final project.


    Latin America and Spain: Pre-Columbian to Baroque

    M/W/F 12:40-1:40 M. Raillard

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


    Contemporary Historical Narrative in Mexico

    M/W/F 12:40-1:40 M. Rabasa

    Study of a genre, a literary movement, or a topic in Hispanic literatures (peninsular and/or Latin American, or U.S. Latino). Extensive oral and written work culminating in a research paper written in Spanish. May be taken twice for credit with a change of topic.

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.