Race & Ethnicity Studies Minor

The minor in Race & Ethnicity Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of race and ethnicity. What do these categories of difference mean? How have they been defined, constructed, and applied in different historical and socio-cultural contexts? How do they intersect or overlap with other aspects of difference (e.g., gender, class, nation, sexuality, religion)? Exploring these questions with analytical tools and approaches developed in a range of academic disciplines, the minor leads to a critical examination of the construction of race and ethnicity in a variety of social, cultural, historical, political, and economic contexts.

The minor consists of five courses to be taken from three categories:

Course from any of the three categories1
Race & Ethnicity Core Requirement
Select at least one of the following:1
Introductory Topics in Race and Literature (Race, Law and American Literature)
Topics in the History of Science and Medicine (Sex, Race, Science)
Race and Ethnicity in American Legal Thought
Race in Historical and Comparative Perspectives
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Race and Sexuality
Select at least one course from the list of approved comparative/theoretical courses. 11
Area or Ethnic Group
Select at least two courses from the list of approved area or ethnic group courses. 22
  • The fifth course may be selected from any of the three categories.
  • Any given course may not count for more than one category.
  • At least one course in the social sciences and one course in the humanities are required.
  • No more than one 100-level course may count toward the minor.
  • Students are encouraged to take the core course as early as possible.
  • Courses other than those on the approved list may be approved by the Coordinating Committee on a case by case basis, upon request of the student. These include interdisciplinary courses that span the humanities and social sciences and courses in the natural sciences.
  • Students are encouraged to discuss their selection of courses for the minor with a member of the Coordinating Committee.
  • Students may request that study abroad courses be considered for the minor. The Coordinating Committee will consider study abroad courses upon completion of the course and a review of the syllabus.


Coordinating Committee: Cymone Fourshey, Mai-Linh Hong, Susan A. Reed