Ethnic Studies Course Requirement

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The Ethnic Studies minor requires completion of twenty-one (21) units of credit, eighteen (18) of which must be at the upper-division level.

Students must take at least three (3) units in each of the five areas indicated below. Each course counted towards the minor must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher. At least nine (9) units of study must be unique to the minor (i.e. may not be counted towards other major, minor, or general education requirements).

Recommended Course of Study

In the minor, coursework is arranged in five (5) areas: Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies, Historical Approaches, Identity and Culture, Power and Social Justice, and Voices. The first two areas represent foundations, and these courses should be taken first. The next three areas are explorations, and these courses may be taken in any order.

Advising information and advising will be provided by the Coordinator for the Ethnic Studies Minor. Interested students should meet with the Coordinator as soon as possible to declare the minor and to develop an appropriate, personalized theme of study that complements the student's interests and career goals (e.g. African-American, Borderlands, Comparative Multicultural Studies).

Petitions for lower-division course credit, and petitions to apply to the minor courses not included among the requirements, must be submitted to the Coordinator.

A. Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies is an introduction to the struggles of racial and ethnic groups, their relationships to each other, and to the organization of society. This course includes issues such as immigration, slavery, confinement, institutional inequality, and resistance. Interdisciplinary approaches and examination of critical race/ethnic theory provide a foundation for the minor. Select one course:

ID 340   SOC 313  


B. Historical Approaches is an intensive study of the history of groups and issues over time. It provides students with in-depth understanding of the dynamics of racial/ethnic struggles. Select one course:

HIST 334 HIST 345  HIST 355  HIST 375 
HIST 335 HIST 346 HIST 356 HIST 381
HIST 337 HIST 347 HIST 362 HIST 382
HIST 337A HIST 350 HIST 371 HIST 383
HIST 338B   HIST 352 HIST 374


C. Identity and Culture is a comparative examination of the process of formation of racial/ethnic groups and their practices. Analysis is approached through various mediums of culture, such as human geography, language and communication patterns, gender and belief systems. Select one course:

ANTH 200 COMM 454 ID 301 LING 371
ANTH 301 COMM 455 ID 371 LING 451
COMM 330  EDUC 364   LBST 375   PSYC 341  
COMM430 GEOG 450 LING 305 SOC 375
COMM 450 HIST 356 LING 341 WMST 301


D. Power and Social Justice emphasizes conflicts involving race and ethnicity in the contemporary time period, such as inequality, social movements, voting rights, and gender roles. Select one course:

PSCI 305   PSCI 348  SOC 373   SOC 449  
PSCI 337 PSYC 361 SOC 442 TA 323
PSCI 338 SOC 311 SOC 449 BRS 300
PSCI 341 SOC 322 SOC 463
PSCI 342 SOC 339 SOC 465


E. Voices examines texts produced by and about people from various racial/ethnic groups. It fosters analysis of the cultural and aesthetic values represented in these works. Select one course:

ANTH 325   MUSC 422   SOC 467    VPA 311    
DNCE 323 MUSC 423 SPAN 350B VPA 320
LTWR 210 MUSC 424 TA 325 VSAR 323
LTWR 410 MUSC 425 TA 326 VSAR 325
LTWR  420 MUSC 425 TA327 WMST 323
LTWR 450 MUSC 426 TA 410 COMM 485
MUSC 421 MUSC 427 TA 421


Two (2) elective courses must be selected from any of the five categories listed above. A course may also be petitioned through the Coordinator for acceptance, providing at least half the course is devoted to studies of race/ ethnicity.

Total Units: 21