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ETHNIC STUDIES PROGRAM

 

Requirements for the Minor

The Ethnic Studies minor is open to all undergraduate students. It requires a minimum of 15 credit hours. Students are required to take six (6) credits from among Ethnic Studies Core Courses and nine (9) credits in their chosen areas of concentration. Community projects are strongly advised and students are encouraged to carry out field research in their areas of concentration.

I. Core Courses (6 credits)

The Core Courses are designed to introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of Ethnic Studies. Courses may be individually or team taught and at times will incorporate the Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship (SAGES) and be conducted in seminar format. Students are encouraged to use the tools and perspectives of several disciplines (history, literature, art history, anthropology, film, sociology, and political science, for example) to address the experiences of African-Americans and Latina/o Americans. Courses center on the examination of social, cultural, political, and economic structures that shape the life of these ethnic minorities in the United States . They examine how race, class, and gender have impacted their identities as well as their economic, social, political, and cultural productions. Assignments and courses are designed with the objective of maximizing use of University Circle institutions.

ETHS 251: INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF RACE AND ETHNICITY (3)
This course is designed to introduce students to the study of ethnicity. Basic concepts such as race, gender, class, and identity construction will be examined. Students are encouraged to use the tools, and perspectives of several disciplines to address the experiences of ethnic groups in the United States .

ETHS 252 A : INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES (3)   
This course is designed to introduce students to the study of African American history, cultures, economics, and politics. Students will learn about the development of the discipline by exploring theoretical questions, methodological approaches, and major themes that have shaped the study of black people in the United States .

ETHS 252 B : INTRODUCTION TO LATINO/A STUDIES (3)
Interdisciplinary introduction to the basis for a Latino/a ethnicity through an exploration of commonalities and differences among the peoples of Latin American and Caribbean origin in the continental United States. Topics include immigration and acculturation experiences and their commonalities and differences, comparison of Latina/o experiences to those of other racial, ethnic and immigrant groups, and the potential for a pan-ethnic identity. 

ETHS 253 A / HSTY 135: INTRODUCTION TO MODERN AFRICAN HISTORY (3)
A general introduction to major themes in modern African history, with an emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics include oral tradition and narrative, economic structure and dynamics, religious movements, colonialism, nationalism, and the dilemmas of independent African states.

ETHS 253 B: INTRODUCTION TO MODERN LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY (3)
This course provides an introduction to the historical and cultural development of Latin America and identifies the forces which shape social, economic and political realities in present-day Latin America . The course centers on the colonial period, the wars of independence, and the emergence of nation-states. It raises issues such as migration and urbanization, popular protest, great power intervention, and the integration of the region into the global economy.

II. Areas of Concentration (9 credits)

Available approved courses

Concentration on African Studies

  • ANTH 322: Living Africa (3)
  • ARTH 290: Introduction to the Art of Sub-Saharan Africa (3)
  • ETHS 252: African Feminisms (3)
  • HSTY 258: History of Southern Africa (3)
  • HSTY 268: Colonialism in African (3)
  • FRCH/WLIT 295: The Francophone World (3)
  • FRCH 308/WLIT 308: The Paris Experience (3)
  • POSC 366: Government and Politics of Africa (3)
  • COSI 260: Multicultural Aspects of Human Communication (3)
  • COSI 328: Media effects and Literacy (3)
  • ECON 375: Economics of Developing Countries (3)

Concentration on African-American Studies

  • HSTY 261: African-American History 1865-1945 (3)
  • ENGL 365N: Topics in African-American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 368H: African-American Literature (3)
  • HSTY 260: Slavery and Emancipation (3)
  • HSTY 262: African-American History since 1945 (3)
  • HSTY 318: History of Black Women in U.S. (3)
  • COSI 260: Multicultural Aspects of Human Communication (3)
  • COSI 328: Media effects and Literacy (3)
  • ECON 375: Economics of Developing Countries (3)

Concentration on Latin America and Caribbean Studies

  • SPAN/WLIT 205: The Hispanophone World (3)
  • HSTY287/ETHS287: State, Wars, Drugs and Coffee in Columbia
  • SPAN 385: Hispanic Literature in English (3)
  • SPAN 336: Chicano/a Literature (3)
  • SPAN 370: SPC TPC: Latin American Cinema (3)
  • ECON 375: Economics of Developing Countries (3)
  • SPAN 303: Latin American Cultural Conflicts (3)
  • SPAN 322: Latin American Short Story (3)
  • SPAN 326: The Fantastic in Latin American Prose (3)
  • HSTY336/ETHS336: The Struggle for Justice in Latin America (3)
  • SPAN 339: Latin American Poetic Revolt (3)
  • SPAN 342: Latin American Feminist Voices (3)
  • SPAN 343: The New Drama in Latin America (3)
  • POSC 364: Dictatorship and Democracy in 20th Century Latin America (3)
  • COSI 260: Multicultural Aspects of Human Communication (3)
  • COSI 328: Media effects and Literacy (3)
  • ECON 375: Economics of Developing Countries (3)

Concentration on Global Ethnic Studies

  • ANTH 388: Globalization, Development, and Underdevelopment (3)
  • ANTH 314: Cultures of the United States (3)
  • ANTH 345: Ethnicity, Gender, and Mental Heath (3)
  • ANTH 357: Native American Cultures (3)
  • ANTH 530: Race, Class and Gender in Place (3)
  • COSI 260: Multicultural Aspects of Human Communication (3)
  • COSI 328: Media effects and Literacy (3)
  • ECON 375: Economics of Developing Countries (3)
  • ENGL 270: Introduction to Gender Studies (3)
  • ENGL Q 365/WLIT 365 Q: Postcolonial Literature (3)
  • FRCH/ WLIT 285: The Francophone World (3)
  • SOCI 302: Race and Ethnic Minorities in American Society (3)
  • HSTY 321: Colonialism, Sex, Race, and Gender (3)
  • POSC 362: Politics of Central Asia (3)
  • POSC 370K: Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Religion in World Politics (3)
  • POSC 374: Politics of Development in the Global South (3)
  • SPAN/WLIT285: Hispanophone world (3)