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