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Minor Requirements

The Race and Ethnic Studies program offers a minor. Students are encouraged to consult with Race and Ethnic Studies faculty and with their faculty advisor in their pursuit of a Race and Ethnic Studies Thematic Minor.
5 units minimum.

Race and Ethnic Studies Thematic Minor

Students who choose the Race and Ethnic Studies Thematic Minor are engaged in the

  1. Examination of the meaning, nature, and enduring significance of race and ethnicity in the U.S. and the globe through a comparative, transnational, and interdisciplinary lens.
  2. Study of race and ethnicity and their systematic relationship with class, gender and sexuality as they appear in all facets of American culture and society.
  3. Examination of the historical and contemporary relationships among historically marginalized racial/ethnic groups.
  4. Study of the nature of power, social inequality, and social change.

Students are encouraged to consult with Race and Ethnic Studies faculty and with their faculty adviser in their pursuit of a Race and Ethnic Studies Thematic Minor.

All students are required to complete:

  1. ES185 – Introduction to Race and Ethnic Studies.
  2. One approved course on the theorizing of race, such as ES 212 Theories of Race and Ethnicity or ES 200/PH 285 Philosophy and Race. Other courses offered in a given block may be considered in consultation with members of the RES steering committee;
  3. One approved methods course (e.g., ES215/AN 215 Research Design: Method and Theory or ES321/AN 321 Rio Grande: Culture, History, and Region), suitable to the student’s focus, chosen in consultation with the RES advisor;
  4. Two units of approved electives (all to be cross-listed with Race and Ethnic Studies, such as ES200/HY217 American Frontiers, ES200/SW 200 Topics in Southwest Studies: The Student’s Role in the Sixties Southern Civil Rights Movement, ES253/EN 280 Literature of the American Southwest: Mexican-American Literature, ES223/SO113 Racial Inequality, and ES220/FS 220 Blacks and the Cinema;
  5. An Integrative Experience, capstone project demonstrating the student’s ability to conduct a critical examination of racial and ethnic groups. Students can choose to focus on social issues (e.g., racial disparities in housing, health care, employment, education, income, or criminal justice) that affect racial and ethnic groups, cultural and artistic expressions associated with a particular racial and ethnic group, or the ways racial and ethnic groups have challenged social inequality. It could consist of a paper, presentation, internship with reflective component, or other independent work, to be completed after other requirements have been fulfilled. Proposals for the Integrative Experience are approved by members of the RES steering committee and evaluated by the director and a faculty advisor assigned to the student.