Ethnic Studies programs began appearing on college campuses in the late 1960s as a way of amplifying the history and culture of African, Asian, Latino, and Native Americans in the United States. By the mid 1980s, it became obvious that the study of race and ethnicity, while indelibly linked to Ethnic Studies, also bears an intellectual tradition distinct from Ethnic Studies, and therefore required its own place in academia. The minor in Ethnicity and Race at Lang promotes rigorous academic inquiry into the critical role issues pertaining to race and ethnicity have played in academic, artistic, and political discourses in the United States and abroad.
Ethnicity and Race provides an opportunity for students to take a course of study that supplements their academic major. It is an interdisciplinary area of study, which draws from courses offered across the university. Lang students investigate the nuances of race and ethnicity within the humanities and social sciences. This is a guided study in how the humanities and social sciences have impacted, 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, which draws from courses offered across the university. To fulfill the requirements for the minor, students take six courses, guided by an advisor:
- Two introductory courses
- Four additional courses around a theme, discipline, region, or ethnicity, at least one of which must be at the advanced level.
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 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
LEDU 2807 History of US Education
LEDU 3038 Critical Race Theory of Education
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
LPSY 2772 Culture, Ethnicity, and Mental Health
LSCI 2060 Stem Cells and Social Justice
LURB 3038 Understanding Inequality
LURB 3041 Immigrant Communities in Cith+
LURB 4534 Urban Life: Social Justice and the Lived City
Please note: Students are advised to refer to the current applicable program catalog for degree completion requirements and to confirm their progress in satisfying those requirements with their advisors.