Race & Ethnic Studies Requirements

Race and Ethnic Studies Minor Requirements

To obtain a minor in Race and Ethnic Studies one must complete six courses, two of which are core to all students in the minor. No more than two courses in the student’s major field may count toward the minor. The core courses are the Introductory Course and the Capstone Seminar.

Introductory Course

In the Introductory Course (Theory/History) all students are required to take an introductory course on race and ethnicity. This course will prepare students to look at the material in their area of concentrations with reference to current theory in the study of ethnicity. Students are encouraged to take this course as early as possible and before completing the other requirements of the minor.

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. The Capstone course should be a 400-level seminar outside of the student’s major, though on occasion a 300-level course may fulfill the requirement (by permission of the professor and the program coordinator).

Area Courses

The remaining four courses can be taken from among those deemed by the program to have a suitable focus on race and/or ethnicity. Students will work with their advisors and the program coordinator to group together a set of courses that offers a coherent intellectual focus. Students thus have the opportunity to design a concentration that reflects their interests.