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, designated by the director of the minor

Note: At least one of the five courses must have the designation of Civic Engagement and Social Justice

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

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