Race and Ethnic Studies Minor


The race and ethnic studies (RES) minor examines how racial and ethnic categories are created and maintained—politically, socially, and culturally. RES uses critical, interdisciplinary, and comparative approaches to study race relations as they intersect with factors including gender and sexuality, class, religion, and immigration status. The minor prepares students for life and work in a world increasingly characterized by difference derived from racial and ethnic identities.

Learning Outcomes

Facilitate understanding of how the social constructions of race affect the social fabric of our historical and contemporary world; Enhance students' abilities to appreciate differences and to actively and critically engage in civic responsibilities, especially with respect to social justice; Prepare students to negotiate an increasingly interconnected world and apply their education in a wide range of occupations; Gain exposure to the theories and methods of ethnic studies; Compare representations of borderlands, hybridity, migration, and diaspora from different cultures to comprehend how national boundaries, as well as local, national, and transnational cultures and politics, affect the constitution of racial and ethnic categories.

Classes for the RES minor are housed in a variety of departments in the College of Liberal Arts, offering students a truly interdisciplinary experience.

The race and ethnic studies minor consists of five courses or 20 credits. To complete a minor, students are required to:

  1. Enroll in an introductory-level course. (These are listed on the minor website each semester.)
  2. Enroll in at least one course at the 600/700-level.
  3. Understand that no more than 8 credits used to satisfy the requirements for a major may be used for a minor.
  4. Earn a C- or better in each course and maintain a 2.0 grade-point average in courses taken for the minor.

List of Courses Approved for the Minor

AMST 444BNew Orleans: Place, Meaning, and Context4
ANTH 500Peoples and Cultures of the World (when focus is Latin America, SubSaharan Africa or Middle East/North Africa)4
ANTH 610Medical Anthropology: Illness and Healing4
ANTH 616Religion, Culture, and Society4
ANTH 625Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspectives4
ANTH 680Globalization, Development, and Poverty4
ANTH 697/ENGL 693Special Topics (American Roots Music)4
ANTH 740Teaching Race4
ANTH 750Islam and Gender: Gendered Lives of Muslims4
CMN 515Analysis of News4
CMN 567Gender, Race, and Class in the Media4
CMN 696Seminar in Media Studies (Topics in Film/Race, Class, Gender)4
EDUC 717Growing up Male in America4
ENGL 444GEthnic America: Readings in African American, Asian American, NativeAmerican and Latino/a Literature4
ENGL 517Introduction to African American Literature and Culture4
ENGL 550Introduction to the Literature and Culture of Race4
ENGL 581Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures in English4
ENGL 585Introduction to Women in Literature4
ENGL 595Literary Topics (Intro/Caribbean Lit in English ONLINE)1-4
ENGL 606Languages of the World4
ENGL 609Ethnicity in America: The African American Experience in the 20th Century4
ENGL 619Critical Approaches to Literature (Special Topic: "On Race")4
ENGL 650Studies in American Literature and Culture (Latino/A Literature, Comics & Graphic Narratives, Consumer Culture)4
ENGL 739American Indian Literature4
ENGL 750Special Studies in American Literature (Latin Literature)4
ENGL 778/WS 798Race and Gender in Film and Popular Culture4
HDFS 444We Don't All Play the Violin: Stories and Stereotypes of Asians in America4
HIST 505African American History4
HIST 506African American History4
HIST 532Modern Latin America4
HIST 588History of Modern Africa: 1870 to the Present4
HIST #589Islam in Africa4
HIST #625Southern History and Literature since the Civil War4
HIST 632Latin American History: Topics4
HUMA 730Special Studies (Race Theory)4
POLT 546Wealth and Politics in Asia4
POLT 565United States Policy in Latin America4
POLT 725Politics and Literature4
PSYC 571Pioneers of Psychology4
PSYC 791Advanced Topics (Psychology and Race)4
SPAN 526Latin American Civilization and Culture4
SPAN 798Topics in Hispanic Linguistics and Cultural Studies (Language & Id in Spanish)4
SW 697Special Topics in Social Welfare (Exploring Social Justice)4
WS 401Introduction to Women's Studies4
WS 405Gender, Power and Privilege4
WS 444ARace Matters4
WS 444COn the Roads to Equality4
WS 444DCyborgs, Avatars, and Feminists: Gender in the Virtual World4
WS 505Survey in Women's Studies (Only topics: Leadership for Social Change, Queer Cinema, Queer Sustainability, Gobal Sex Industry, Race, Gender and Enviromental Jutsice, Feminist Perspectives on Media)4
WS 632Feminist Thought4
WS 798Colloquium (Women in Prison)4

Additional Information

Courses taken pass/fail may not be used toward a minor. A relevant internship may be substituted for one of the electives.

After completing the 20-credit sequence, the student submits the Certification of Completion of Minor form, available online or from the RES coordinator. Once this certification is approved by the RES coordinator and major adviser, the form goes to the college dean and the registrar to be recorded on the transcript. The certification form must be completed by the beginning of the student's final semester at the University.