Ethnicity and Race

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    All Lang students can take designated courses in Ethnicity and Race to supplement their major course of study. Those majoring in Liberal Arts (BA or BS, Liberal Arts) can explore Ethnicity and Race as a guided area of study; all others can elect to minor in Ethnicity and Race.

    Rigorously examine the role of race and ethnicity in academic, artistic, and political discourse in the United States and around the world. The interdisciplinary minor in Ethnicity and Race draws on humanities and social sciences courses offered across the university that explore how the categories of ethnicity and race are constructed, maintained, and challenged.

    You’ll be immersed in not only the theoretical foundations of critical race and ethnicity studies, but also its applied dimensions, examining how the issues of ethnicity and race play out in daily life. You’ll develop the skills and knowledge to engage in conscientious and effective social change, learning to

    • Think critically and communicate about the categories of ethnicity and race and how they operate at individual, institutional, national, and global levels
    • Assess the intersections of ethnicity and race, class, gender, sexuality, and other social categories
    • Identify relationships between the constructions of ethnicity and race, privilege, and power
    • Analyze a variety of materials and media, including texts, art, and music

    Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts cannot minor in Ethnicity and Race; however, they can pursue deeper study in this subject area as part of their self-designed major.

    The University and New York City

    While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College is part of The New School, a major progressive university in New York City. The Ethnicity and Race program promotes dialogue with other disciplines throughout the university.

    Lang’s New York City location enables you to explore ethnicity and race within the context of a global city that becomes your learning laboratory. Students in the Youth Mentoring in the City course, for example, mentored young men of color in city community centers.

    You can complement your Visual Studies courses with select classes in other Lang programs such as Culture and Media, and in other parts of The New School, including practice-based classes at Parsons School of Design. You can also apply for the dual-degree BA/BFA program in partnership with Parsons.

    Career Paths

    Education at Eugene Lang College is designed to develop well-rounded and engaged citizens who are thoughtful, articulate, and creative. The study of ethnicity and race can prepare you for work in advocacy, social and public service, international and nongovernmental organizations, marketing and market research, community development, and government, as well as graduate study.