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U.S. Ethnic Studies Minor

This academic minor focuses on the comparative study of race and ethnicity in the United States as it uniquely intersects with the international context (with special emphasis on those groups that have historically borne the brunt of discrimination, enslavement and even extermination in the process of European expansion in the Americas). The comparative focus assumes that there are general processes that underlie the formation of ethnic identity and "race" relations in a wide range of social contexts.

The program aims to expose students to the contributions of diverse groups of Americans to U.S. society and culture. To that end, the minor provides access to a range of analytical tools with which to examine the histories, experiences and cultures of America's racial and ethnic groups and their relationships to each other and to the dominant culture.

Objectives of the U. S. ethnic studies minor are:

  • to provide students with an understanding of the socially constructed "nature" of race and ethnicity;
  • to help students understand the debates about the biological basis of human diversity;
  • to teach the histories, cultures and contributions of U.S. racial and ethnic groups in ways that highlight the differences and similarities of ethnic experience and expression as well as the responses to racial/ethnic discrimination and its relationship to other historical inequalities such as class and gender;
  • to help prepare students to participate in an increasingly diverse world and promote a more just society;
  • to introduce the disciplinary scholarship of ethnic studies;
  • to provide opportunities for students to experience racial and ethnic contexts that take them beyond their own cultural backgrounds.

In keeping with Hartwick's Liberal Arts in Practice, the goal of this program is to prepare students for the shifting arrangements of life and work in this century. Course work in the minor also introduces students to the history of the conceptual debates about race and ethnicity, as well as to the range of analytical approaches currently influential within interdisciplinary scholarship on ethnicity and race relations.

Interested students should contact Dr. Jeffrey Pegram, Department of Education, Clark Hall 318, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York 13820.