Race and Ethnicity


  • Overview

    This page outlines the requirements for the minor in Race and Ethnicity. This interdisciplinary area of study promotes rigorous academic inquiry into the critical role 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 race and ethnicity, the ways in which these categories are constructed, and the means by which they operate, are maintained, and are challenged. Courses in Race and Ethnicity 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 race and ethnicity as a guided area of study.


    Race and Ethnicity 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 Race and Ethnicity Minor

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

    • Two introductory courses
    • Three electives relating to 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
    *Race and Ethnicity 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 (see below) for the year in which you declared the minor in Race and Ethnicity.

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

    • CENT 5500 A  Governance, Ethics, and Civic Responsibility
    • JMUH 1806 A  Music of Miles Davis and Gil Evans
    • JPER 4524 A  Afro-Cuban Orchestra
    • JPER 4570 A  Coltrane Ensemble
    • LANT 3150 AX  Migration and the Environment
    • LHIS 2082 A  Word and Image in African-American History
    • LHIS 2227 A  War and Protest in the Black Atlantic
    • LHIS 3090 A  The Politics of Xenophobia: From Fascism to Populism
    • LINA 2039 AX  Hip-Hop Pedagogy and Practice
    • LLSL 2217 A  19th- and Early-20th-Century American and African-American Literature
    • LLSL 3122 A  African-American Contemporary Literature After 1965
    • LLSL 3416 A  Postcolonial Fiction, Migration, Diaspora, and the Transnational
    • LPOL 3038  AX China in Revolution and Reform
    • LREL 2808  A Islam in America
    • LTHR 2912 A  Re-interrogating the "School-to-Prison Pipeline" Through Engaged Arts Practices
    • LVIS 2018 A  Picturing People: Race, Empire, and Archive
    • NCST 2103 A  Contemporary Debates in Race and Ethnicity
    • NFLN 1103 A  Exile and Ethnicity in French Film
    • NHUM 2010 A  Race, Class, and Education
    • NINT 5078 A  Urban Poverty and Inequality
    • NINT 6370 A  Havana Studio: Historic Preservation and Urban Strategy
    • NMGM 5031 A  Speaking Race to Power
    • NPSY 3824 A  Black Psychology and Mental Health
    • NSOC 3502 A  Identity and Social Theory
    • PLAH 2005 A  Art and Myth of Mexico
    • PLAH 3026 A  Downtown to Bushwick: Artists' Spaces
    • PLAH 4006 A  Latin American Artists in New York
    • PLVS 4018 A  20th-Century Popular Culture and American History
    • PSAM 3850 A  Advanced Photo Concepts: Race and Representation
    • UENV 2100 A  Environmental History, Race, and Natural Resource Management
    • UGLB 3423 A  Empire, Capitalism and the (Re)production of the “Middle East”
    • UGLB 3430 A  Rethinking "Africa": From Development to Afrocentrism
    • UGLB 3515 A  Politics of Violence: Indigenous Lands and Bodies
    • UURB 3110 A  Black Geographies
    • UURB 3545 A  Beyond Policing: Abolition and the U.S. Carceral State
    • UURB 4522 A  400 Years of Inequality