Ethnicity and Race

Ethnic studies programs began appearing on college campuses in the late 1960s, with the aim of exploring the history and culture of African, Asian, Latino, and Native Americans in the United States. By the mid-1980s, it had become obvious that the study of race and ethnicity, while indelibly linked to ethnic studies, has its own intellectual tradition, distinct from that of ethnic studies, and thus required its own place in academia. The minor in Ethnicity and Race promotes rigorous academic inquiry into the critical role race and ethnicity have played in academic, artistic, and political discourses in the United States and abroad.

Ethnicity and Race enables students to take a course of study that supplements their academic major. It is an interdisciplinary area of study that draws on courses offered across the university. Lang students investigate the nuances of race and ethnicity within the humanities and social sciences. The program is a guided study of the way the humanities and social sciences have affected, reflected upon, and set the course for debates on race and ethnicity through the arts, philosophy, and public policy.


Requirements for the Minor in Ethnicity and Race

Ethnicity and Race is an interdisciplinary area of study that draws on courses offered across the university. Undergraduate students from any school can elect this academic minor. To fulfill the requirements, students take five courses, guided by an advisor:

  • Two introductory courses
  • Three electives* centering on a theme, discipline, region, or ethnicity. Of these, at least one must be at the advanced level. 

Total credits: 20-24
Note: At least one of the five courses must have the designation of Civic Engagement and Social Justice
* Ethnicity and Race electives are designated by the director of this minor.

Self-Designed Major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts)

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts cannot elect Ethnicity and Race as an academic minor; however, they can pursue deeper study in this subject area through the self-designed major. To explore this option, contact an academic advisor or read more about the self-designed option at Lang.

Ethnicity and Race Courses

Here is a representative sampling of Ethnicity and Race courses offered by Lang. Courses may change; for updated course listings, consult an academic advisor.

  • LANT 3024 Politics of Health, Medicine, and the Body
  • LCST 2120 Intro to Cultural Studies
  • LCST 2212 African American Film 
  • LCST 2783 Race/Ethnicity 1: Mobilizing Shame: Poetics of Humanitarian Medicine 
  • LCST 3082 Race/Ethnicity 2: States of Race and Ethnic Frames 
  • LCST 3789 Critical Methodologies 
  • LEDU 2807 History of U.S. Education 
  • LEDU 3038 Critical Race Theory of Education 
  • LFYW 1000 Writing the Essay 1, Section L: U.S. Politics, Culture, and Ideology
  • LFYW 1500 Writing the Essay 2, Section A: Power and Politics in the U.S. 
  • LHIS 3059 US City: FDR to Obama
  • LHIS 4000 Gender, Politics and History  
  • LLSL 2052 American Literature to 1845
  • LLSL 3035 Race and Literature  
  • LLSL 2376 American Immigrant Literature 
  • LLSL 2214 South Asian Diaspora Literature 
  • LLSL 2410 Latino/Latina Literature and Identity 
  • LMUS 3104 How Race Defines American Music 
  • LNGC 1407 A Race, Gender, Cultural Politics: Reading bell hooks
  • LNGC 1810 Gural Scholars I
  • LPHI 3108 Social and Political Philosophy  
  • LPSY 4572 Culture and Social Cognition 
  • LSCI 2060 Stem Cells and Social Justice 
  • LSOC 2001 Sociological Imagination
  • LURB 3028 Screening the City  
  • LURB 3038 Understanding Inequality 
  • LURB 3041 Immigrant Communities in the City 
  • LURB 4534 Urban Life: Social Justice and the Lived City 
  • NCST 2103 Debates in Race and Ethnicity