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Minor

The Ethnic Studies minor is open to all undergraduate students. It requires a minimum of 15 credit hours. Students are required to take 6 credits from among Ethnic Studies core courses and 9 credits in their chosen areas of concentration. Community projects are strongly recommended, and students are encouraged to carry out field research in their areas of concentration.

The core courses are designed to introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of ethnic studies. Courses may be individually or team taught and will sometimes 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 Latino/a 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 make maximum use of the archives and collections of University Circle institutions.

 

Required courses 6
ETHS 251
Perspectives in Ethnicity, Race, Religion and Gender
ETHS 252A
Introduction to African-American Studies
ETHS 252B
Introduction to Latina/o Studies
ETHS 253A/HSTY 135
Introduction to Modern African History
ETHS 253B
Introduction to Latin American History
Nine hours chosen from one of the concentrations listed below: 9
Total Units 15

 

Concentrations

African Studies Concentration

Any three of the following courses: 9
COSI 260
Multicultural Aspects of Human Communication
ECON 375
Economics of Developing Countries
ETHS 235
Theater and Identity
ETHS 251A
Oral Performances and Ethnic Identities
ETHS 252A
Introduction to African-American Studies
ETHS 394
The Subaltern and The Poetics of War in Africa
FRCH/ETHS 338
The Cameroon Experience
FRCH/WLIT 295
The Francophone World
FRCH/WLIT 308
The Paris Experience
POSC 366
Government and Politics of Africa
Total Units 9

 

African-American Studies Concentration

Any three of the following courses: 9
COSI 260
Multicultural Aspects of Human Communication
ECON 375
Economics of Developing Countries
ENGL 365N
Topics in African-American Literature
ETHS 222
African-American Religions
HSTY 260
U.S. Slavery and Emancipation
HSTY 261
African-American History 1865-1945
HSTY 262
African-American History Since 1945
HSTY 318
History of Black Women in the U.S.
Total Units 9

 

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Concentration

Any three of the following courses: 9
COSI 260
Multicultural Aspects of Human Communication
ECON 375
Economics of Developing Countries
ETHS 287
State, War, Drugs, and Coffee in Colombia: History of Modern Colombia
ETHS 336
The Struggle for Justice in Latin America
POSC 364
Dictatorship and Democracy in Modern Latin America
SPAN 322
Latin American Short Story
SPAN 326
The Fantastic in Latin American Prose
SPAN 339
Latin American Poetic Revolt
SPAN 342
Latin American Feminist Voices
SPAN 343
The New Drama in Latin American
SPAN 370
Special Topics in Spanish
SPAN 385
Hispanic Literature in Translation
Total Units 9

 

Global Ethnic Studies Concentration

Any three of the following courses: 9
ANTH 314
Cultures of the United States
ANTH 357
Native American Cultures
ANTH 388
Globalization, Development and Underdevelopment: Anthropological Persp
ANTH 530
Seminar in Medical Anthropology: Topics
COSI 260
Multicultural Aspects of Human Communication
ECON 375
Economics of Developing Countries
ENGL 270
Introduction to Gender Studies
ENGL/WLIT 365Q
Post-Colonial Literature
FRCH/WLIT 295
The Francophone World
FRCH/ETHS/WLIT/WGST 335
Women in Developing Countries
POSC 362
Politics of Central Asia
POSC 370K
Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Religion in World Politics
POSC 374
Politics of Development in the Global South
SOCI 302
Race and Ethnic Minorities in American Society
SPAN/WLIT 285
The Hispanophone World
WGST/ETHS 301
Women, Creativity and the Arts
Total Units 9