Ethnicity and Race


  • Overview

    This page outlines the requirements for the minor in Ethnicity and Race. This interdisciplinary area of study 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 around the world. The minor draws upon courses that examine the categories of ethnicity and race, the ways in which these categories are constructed, and the means by which they operate, are maintained, and are challenged. Courses in Ethnicity and Race explore the multiple intersections of social categories, such as socioeconomic class, gender, sexuality, and national origin.


    Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School. Those majoring in Liberal Arts (BA or BS, Liberal Arts) can explore Ethnicity and Race as a guided area of study.


    Ethnicity and Race is an interdisciplinary area of study that draws on courses offered across the university. Visit the Lang course finder to see which courses can be applied to the minor.

    Requirements for the Ethnicity and Race Minor

    To fulfill the minor requirements, students take five (5) courses, guided by an advisor:

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

    Note: Students must receive grades of C or better in all courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements.

    Total credits: 15-20
    * Ethnicity and Race electives are designated by the director of this minor.

    Requirements Worksheet
    Courses should be chosen carefully, in consultation with the director of the program. Track your progress using the program requirement worksheet for the year in which you declared the minor in Ethnicity and Race:

    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 Introduction 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 United States
    • LHIS 3059 U.S. 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 Race, Gender, Cultural Politics: Reading bell hooks
    • 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