Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Minor

The interdisciplinary minor in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies requires 18 s.h.:

Core Requirements 9 s.h.

  • COMM3100 Intercultural Communications 3 s.h.
  • ENGL3110 Critical Theory 3 s.h.
  • SOCI2300 Race and Ethnicity in the United States 3 s.h.

3 s.h. of electives from each of the following lists (9 s.h. total)

Culture:

  • COMM3900D Monsters in Popular Culture 3 s.h.
  • ENGL2350 American Ethnic Literature 3 s.h.
  • ENGL2360 African American Literature 3 s.h.
  • ENGL2610 Whiteness and the Working Class 3 s.h.
  • ENGL3240 Poetry and Social Justice 3 s.h.
  • ENGL3480 Cultural Studies 3 s.h.
  • ENGL3560 Race, Space, and Place in American Cinema 3 s.h.
  • SPAN3240 Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean 3 s.h.

Theory:

  • COMM2500 Introduction to Mass Media 3 s.h.
  • EDUC2120 Human Relations for Educators 3 s.h.
  • PEAC/POLS2200 Introduction to Peace Studies 3 s.h.
  • PHIL2340 Finding Peace in Identity 3 s.h.
  • PHIL2440 Social Dimensions of Equality (Prerequisite: SOCI1300 (with grade of C or better) and senior standing.) 3 s.h.
  • PSYC/SOCI3310 Social Psychology (Prerequisite: SOCI1300 or PSYC1300) 3 s.h.
  • PSYC3370 Cross Cultural Psychology 3 s.h.
  • RELG3540 Peace and Justice in the Christian Tradition 3 s.h.
  • SOCI4330 Social Inequality 3 s.h.

History:

  • HIST1200 History of the African Diaspora 3 s.h.
  • HIST2200 Survey of Latin American History I 3 s.h.
  • HIST2210 Survey of Latin American History II 3 s.h.
  • HIST/POLS3240 Rights and Responsibilities in the United States 3 s.h.
  • CRMJ/SOCI3340 Penology 3 s.h.
  • PEAC/POLS3220 Global Peace Issues 3 s.h.
  • POLS2360 The Politics of Immigration 3 s.h.
  • SOCI3130 Social Movements (Prerequisite: SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology or PEAC2200 Introduction to Peace Studies and sophomore standing.) 3 s.h.

Core Courses in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

+COMM3100 Intercultural Communication 3 s.h.
An examination of concepts that have application to communication across cultural boundaries, with emphasis on relating them to effective intercultural communication skills. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

+ ENGL3110 Critical Theory 3 s.h.
Advanced study of literary, cultural, and moving image theory, and the application to written and filmic texts.

SOCI2300 Race and Ethnicity in the United States 3 s.h.
Examines the basic sociological concepts and theories of race and ethnicity. Particular focus will be given to the social construction of race, as well as the causes and consequences of racism, immigration, education and residential segregation, environmental inequality, and social justice movements.

Elective Courses

+COMM2500 Introduction to Mass Media 3 s.h.
An examination of the various landmark theories, such as rhetorical, Marxist, and feminist to analyze popular culture, with an emphasis on the importance of communication in the production and consumption of culture. Students will study the development of culture by applying different theories or 'lenses' to cultural artifacts including music, movies, advertisements, clothing, etc.

COMM3900D Topics in Communication: Monsters in Popular Culture 3 s.h.
Monsters retain prominence across decades in popular culture. In this class, we will explore what the figure of the monster, be them zombies, werewolves, or vampires, can tell us about the cultural context and the cultural norms in which it emerges, particularly in regards to race, class, gender, ability, and sexuality. We will explore monsters literally as well as symbolically, as we work toward critical readings and strategies to engage popular culture.

EDUC2120 Human Relations for Educators 3 s.h.
Development of awareness of various societal subgroups, recognizing and dealing with dehumanizing biases, and learning to relate effectively to various groups in order to foster respect for diversity. Emphasis on self-awareness in human relations issues and how this awareness can be translated into positive relationships. Introduction to pedagogical, curricular, and social considerations involved in educating various societal subgroups. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace

++ENGL2350 American Ethnic Literature 3 s.h.
A survey of multi-ethnic U.S. literature, including Latino/a literature, Asian American literature, Native American literature, and American Jewish literature. As a complement to literary texts, students will also examine a range of introductory theoretical texts in the interdisciplinary field of ethnic studies. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace

++ENGL2360 African American Literature 3 s.h.
A survey of African American literature from the eighteenth century to the present. An array of discursive modes, including songs, folklore, speeches, poetry, fiction and drama, will be analyzed across various African-American artistic and social movements, from sorrow songs, abolitionist tracts, and the Harlem Renaissance to civil rights speeches, the Black Arts avant-garde, and spoken word performance. As a complement to literary texts, students will also examine a range of introductory theoretical texts in the interdisciplinary field of African-American studies. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace

++ENGL2610 Whiteness and the Working Class 3 s.h.
An exploration of the racial category of whiteness and its historical relationship to social class and power in the United States. Representations of the white working class in literature, music, film, and television will be analyzed alongside cultural histories of multiracial, antiracist labor movements in the United States. As a complement to cultural texts, students will also examine a range of introductory theoretical texts in the multidisciplinary fields of Critical Whiteness Studies and working class studies. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace

+ENGL3240 Poetry and Social Justice 3 s.h.
An investigation of the role of poetry as a vehicle for social change. With a focus on the poetry of emancipatory social movements, this global survey course includes a range of modern poets who merged the personal with the political, including William Blake, Walt Whitman, Muriel Rukeyser, Pablo Neruda, Amiri Baraka, Adrienne Rich, June Jordan, Dennis Brutus, and Mahmoud Darwish. Students examine how poetry and poetic form function as a means of engaging ethical and social concerns, and eliciting emotions in readers-from rage and defiance to observation and understanding-that might serve to promote social justice. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Peace, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace

+ ENGL3480 Cultural Studies 3 s.h.
Explores cultural systems of meaning and attendant issues of power, particularly in terms of class, gender, nation, race, nature, and sexuality. Emphasis on commercial and media culture. ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace

ENGL3560 Race, Space, and Place in American Cinema 3 s.h.
An investigation of intersecting representations of race, space, and place in postwar American Cinema and the different ways that films reproduce dominant cultural notions of “racialized space” that contribute to ongoing problems such as segregation, economic inequality, and police brutality. Emphasis on how films can challenge systems of spatialized racism and other forms of oppression and help in the struggles for racial and environmental justice. Additional emphasis on formal qualities of films, such as editing and cinematography, as ways to develop and enrich interpretations of what we see on screen. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Equality, ELO5 Humanities - Equality and Peace

HIST1200 History of the African Diaspora 3 s.h.
A history of the people of African descent in the Americas, including the United States, as well as the Caribbean, Central and South America. Issues of survival and resistance, the persistence of racism and white supremacy, and struggles for freedom, across countries and time periods, will be stressed. Goal 4, ELO5 Histories - Equality, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace

HIST2200 Survey of Latin American History I 3 s.h.
A history of the peoples of the Americas, from their arrival in the western hemisphere through the 19th century. Topics to be addressed include Native American societies and states, the encounter with Europe, the long colonial period, and struggles for political and economic independence. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace

HIST2210 Survey of Latin American History II 3 s.h.
A history of the peoples of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, from the 19th century to the present. Topics to be addressed include struggles for political and economic independence, social movements, and the influence of North American and other outside powers. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - World Citizenship, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace

+ HIST3240 Rights and Responsibilities in the United States (Also POLS3240) 3 s.h.
A study of the history of the creation and evolving interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, with emphasis on important issues decided by the Supreme Court. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - Equality, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace

PEAC2200 Introduction to Peace Studies (Also POLS2200) 3 s.h.
Introduces the field of peace studies with a survey of the historical and philosophical bases for peacemaking, patterns of conflict resolution, nonviolence, history of peace movements, world order models, alternative futures, positive peace, and career options. Goal 3E, ELO5 Histories - Peace, ELO5 Histories - Equality and Peace

+PEAC3220 Global Peace Issues (Also POLS3220) 3 s.h.
Focuses on the causes and resolution of conflict at the macro level (global violence and international peacemaking). ELO4 Global Learning - Peace, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

PHIL2340 Finding Peace in Identity 3 s.h.
A survey of personal identity, appealing to metaphysical and value theoretical issues as they relate to the self. Addresses the influence of memory, collective experience, and narrative on accounts of the nature of persons and assesses ethical implications of the accounts. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Peace, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace

PHIL2440 Social Dimensions of Equality 3 s.h.
An examination of different conceptions of ethical social relationships and ethical behavior. Considers varying accounts of theories of value and right action with critical analysis of systemic and social influences on individual and collective interactions. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace

POLS2360 The Politics of Immigration 3 s.h.
Examines immigration in an interdisciplinary way, focusing on how politics affects, obscures or exacerbates inequalities of power, wealth and safety among immigrant populations worldwide. Explores motives for migration across or within states, the means by which people migrate, and the reception immigrants receive in their destination countries. Goal 1B, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

PSYC3310 Social Psychology (Also SOCI3310) 3 s.h.
The study of how people think, feel, and behave in social situations. Attention given to research and application to social perception, interaction, and influence. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 or PSYC1300 (grade of C or better). Goal 1C

PSYC3370 Cross Cultural Psychology 3 s.h.
Study of psychological theories and empirical findings relating to variations in cultures. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace

RELG3540 Peace and Justice in the Christian Tradition 3 s.h.
Christian theology is a centuries-long conversation about the meaning of Jesus’ life and message. As theologians have interpreted their faith, they have often pondered questions of justice and peace. How can the nonviolent message of Jesus challenge cultures of oppression? Can war ever be ‘just’? What insights might theological traditions offer to help critique forces that perennialize poverty? What ethical resources can Christian traditions apply to environmental degradation or the search for gender justice? This course explores such questions by focusing them through the thought of key theologians from across the centuries: e.g., Augustine of Hippo, Julian of Norwich, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oscar Romero, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Letty Russell. We explore how these thinkers’ questions and proposals remain ethically meaningful in the contemporary World. Goal 2B, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Peace, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Equality and Peace

SOCI3130 Social Movements 3 s.h.
Examines the origins, nature, and processes of social change movements. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology or PEAC2200 Introduction to Peace Studies and sophomore standing.

+ SOCI3340 Penology (Also CRMJ3340) 3 s.h.
Examines various theories of social control, as well as correctional practices, reforms, and their consequences. Research on various punishment and correctional strategies will be discussed.

SOCI4330 Social Inequality 3 s.h.
Examines the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and other minority statuses and the relationships to personal identity and social structure. Helps to develop an awareness and understanding of diverse values, life-styles, beliefs, and attitudes of various racial, cultural, and ethnic minorities. Focuses on the social, legal, economic, and political aspects of prejudice and discrimination on socially disadvantaged groups. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 (with grade of C or better) and senior standing.

SPAN3240 Literature, Visual Culture, and Digital Media in the Hispanic Caribbean 3 s.h.
Explores contemporary literature, visual culture, and digital media in translation produced in the Hispanic Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic). Through the examination of literary, digital, and visual materials, including narrative prose, paintings, murals, films, and performances, students will be exposed to multiple interpretations (new and traditional) of concepts such as citizenship and gender, sexual, and racial identities in the Hispanic Caribbean and its diasporas, particularly in the United States. Taught in English. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning – Equality, ELO4 Global Learning - Equality and Peace