Race & Ethnic Studies Courses

Introductory Course

All students are required to take an Introductory Course on race or ethnicity which prepares them to look at the materials in their area of focus with reference to current scholarly discourse.  Students are encouraged to take this course as early as possible and before completing the other requirements of the minor.  Students may select as their Introductory Course one of the following or an alternative course approved by the program coordinator:

  •     ANTH 250 Hispanic and African-American Cultures
  •     ENGL 245 African American Literature
  •     HIST 104 Race & Ethnicity in American History
  •     HIST 164 FYS Race & Identity
  •     POSC 150 FYS Politics of Race and Gender
  •     SOCI 225 Human Rights
  •     SOCI 251 Race & Ethnicity

Capstone Seminar

The Capstone Seminar is designed to explore a set of significant social and ethical issues from several cultural and ethnic perspectives. In the process, students will be encouraged to apply the knowledge and analytical skills they have acquired while pursuing the minor in Race and Ethnic Studies. This will be carried out through a dialogue with their peers and the faculty seminar leader(s).

More specifically, the seminar seeks to:

  • recognize and examine the complexity of the social, personal and moral questions involved in addressing U.S. cultural diversity;
  • develop in a student a capacity for listening, understanding and applying concepts, techniques and value assessments applied by their peers or the faculty seminar leader(s) to the issues at hand.

Other Courses in Race & Ethnic Studies

The Race and Ethnic Studies minor at Hartwick offers students an opportunity to enhance their studies and career opportunities within a flexible course framework that is interdisciplinary in nature.

Among the recent offerings:


  • 104 Race & Ethnicity in American History (HIST)
  • 251 Race & Ethnicity (SOCI)

United States

  • 103 Religious Diversity in America (RELS)
  • 150 Intro to Native American History (HIST)
  • 245 African American Literature (ENGL)
  • 220 Philosophy & Sociology of Education (EDUC)
  • 250 Immigration Politics & Policy (POSC)
  • 320 Interdisciplinary Curriculum & Instruction (EDUC)
  • 378 American Indian Literature (ENGL)


  • 102 World Art History I: Ancient (ART)
  • 103 World Art History II: 10-17th Century (ART)
  • 104 World Art History III: Modern (ART)
  • 105 International Relations (POSC)
  • 106 World Religions (RELS)
  • 153 Africa (HIST)
  • 222 Buddhism (RELS)
  • 223 Cultural Anthropology (ANTH)
  • 225 History of Brazil (HIST)
  • 239 Islam (RELS)
  • 245 Studying Religion: Vodou/Voodoo (RELS)
  • 250 Resistance & Rebellion (ANTH)
  • 250 Cultures of Ancient Near East (RELS)
  • 251 Native American-US Relations (HIST)
  • 251 Revisiting Roots (HIST)
  • 253 Africa (HIST)
  • 310 Travels to Third World (INTR)
  • 326 Gender & Power in Latin America (HIST)
  • 335 Third World Studies/South Africa (ANTH)
  • 450 Seminar in Hispanic Study (S) (SPAN)