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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences


Interdisciplinary Programs


Ethnic Studies

Joyce Irene Middleton, Director, 2128 Bate Building
Su-Ching Huang, Assistant Director, 2150 Bate Building

Ethnic studies is an interdisciplinary program that uses cross-cultural comparative methods to explore the diverse histories and cultures of ethnic groups in the US to examine the formation of identities and societies in local, national, and global contexts, and to analyze the social, cultural, and political sources of bias and discrimination.

The ethnic studies minor requires 24 s.h. of credit. A maximum of 6 s.h. may be used to satisfy requirements for both the foundations curriculum and the ethnic studies minor. A course may not count both toward the student’s major requirements and the ethnic studies minor requirements. Study programs abroad having the prior approval of the director may be accepted for up to 6 s.h. of credit toward the minor. Additional courses may be approved by the director if they significantly further the student’s understanding of ethnic studies. Departmental prerequisites may be waived in special cases by the department offering the course.
  1. Core - 6 s.h.
    ETHN 2001. Introduction to Ethnic Studies: Humanities (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:HU) or ETHN 2002. Introduction to Ethnic Studies: Social Science (3) (FC:SO) or ETHN 2003. Introduction to Ethnic Studies: Fine Arts (3) (FC:FA)
    ETHN 4000. Seminar in Ethnic Studies (3) (S) (FC:HU)
  2. Electives - 18 s.h.
    Choose 12 - 18 s.h. in at least three different disciplines from the following courses:
    ANTH 3005. North American Indians (3) (EY) (FC:SO) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ART 3961. Native North American Art and Ritual (3) (S) (P:ART 1906, 1907)
    ART 3975. African American Art (3) (F,S) (FC:FA) (P: ART 1906, 1907; or consent of instructor)
    CDFR 4303. Families and Cultural Diversity (3) (F,S) (P:CDFR 1103)
    COMM 3180. Intercultural Communication (3) (SL*) (Formerly COMM 3080)(P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; COMM 1001, 1002)
    COMM 4040. Media, Culture, and Society (3) (SL*) (F,S) (P: COMM major or minor or consent of instructor; 15 s.h. COMM)
    EDUC 3002. Introduction to Diversity (3)
    ENGL 3240. U.S. Latino/a Literature (3) (WI) (F) (FC:HU)
    ENGL 3250. Native American Literatures (3) (WI) (FC:HU)
    ENGL 3260. African American Literature (3) (WI) (F,S,SS) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3290. Asian American Literatures (3) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3570. American Folklore (3) (WI) (F,S) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 4040. Literature of the New World to 1820 (3) (WI) (FC:HU)
    ENGL 4340. Ethnic American Literature (3) (WI) (S-OY) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 4380. Studies in African American and African Diasporic Literatures (3) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ETHN 3501. Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies, Humanities (3) (S) (FC:HU)
    ETHN 3502. Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies, Social Sciences (3) (F) (FC:SO)
    FORL 2600. Literature in Translation: The Holocaust (3) (S) (FC:HU)
    FORL 2666. Latino Texts (3) (F) (FC:HU)
    HIST 3110. History of African Americans (3) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3170. History of Native Americans (3) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3780. Mexico and Central America (3) (WI*) (F) (FC:SO)
    HIST 5230. Themes in African-American History (3) (S)
    JUST 3700. Race, Gender and Special Populations in the Criminal Justice System (3)
    MUSC 2258. History of Jazz Music (2) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
    POLS 3050. Theory and Politics of Social Protest Movements in the United States (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3039. Black Politics in America (3) (F) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3224. Civil Liberties (3)
    PSYC 2777. Ethno-cultural Psychology (3) (FC:SO) Formerly PSYC 3777) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    SOCI 3219. Sociology of Immigration (3) (FC:SO) P: SOCI 2110
    SOCI 4345. Racial and Cultural Minorities (3) (F) (FC:SO) (P: ANTH 1000 or SOCI 2110)
    SOCI 4347. Social Inequality (3) (F) (FC:SO)
    Choose up to 6 s.h. from the following courses:
    ANTH 2010. Societies Around the World (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    ANTH 3002. Cultures of East Asia (3) (FC:SO)
    ANTH 3003. Cultures of Africa (3) (OY) (FC:SO)
    ANTH 3004. Cultures of the South Pacific (3) (EY) (FC:SO)
    ANTH 3009/WOST/RELI 3000. Motherhood of God in Asian Traditions (3) (EY) (FC:SO)
    ANTH 3016. Cultures of the Caribbean (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    ANTH 3017. Cultures of Mexico and Guatemala (3) (OY) (FC:SO)
    ANTH 3018. Cultures of Central and South America (3) (EY) (FC:SO)
    ANTH 3200. Women’s Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3) (EY) (FC:SO) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ANTH 5005. Contemporary Latin American Cultures (3)
    ART 2906. West and Central African Art (3) (S) (FC:FA) (P: Non-ART major)
    ART 3920. Asian Art (3) (WI*) (F,S)
    ART 3960. Art and Power in Mesoamerica (3) (WI) (F,S) (P:ART 1906,1907)
    ART 3970. African Art (3) (WI*) (F,S) (P:ART 1906,1907, or consent of instructor)
    ART 4916. Art of India (3) (WI) (P: ART 1906, 1907; or consent of instructor)
    ENGL 2760. Afro-Caribbean Language and Culture (3) (WI) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3280. African Literatures (3) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 4360. World Literature in English (3) (WI) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    FORL 2622. Francophone Literature of the Americas in Translation (3)
    FORL 2624. Francophone Literature of Africa in Translation (3)
    FORL 2661. Latin-American Literature in Translation (3) (WI) (FC:HU)
    FORL 3660. Hispanic Women Writers (3) (FC:HU)
    FREN 2442. Readings in the Francophone Cultures of the Americas (3) (P: FREN 1004)
    FREN 2443. Readings in the Francophone Cultures of Africa (3) (P: FREN 1004)
    FREN 3558. The Francophone World: Colonization to Independence (3) (P: FREN 3500 or consent of dept chair)
    FREN 3560. The Contemporary French and Francophone World (3) (P: FREN 3500 or consent of dept chair)
    GEOG 2110. World Geography: Less Developed Regions (3) (F, S, SS) (FC:SO)
    GEOG 3049. Latin America (3) (WI) (FC:SO)
    GEOG 3050. Africa (3) (WI) (S) (FC:SO)
    GEOG 3051. Asia (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    GEOG 3056. Middle American (3) (FC:SO)
    GEOG 4320. Gender, Economy & Development (3) (S) (P: Consent of Instructor)
    GEOG 4345. Human Migration and Global Restructuring (3) (F) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3610. History of East Asia to 1600 (3) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3611. History of East Asia since 1600 (3) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3615. History of Traditional Japan (3) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3620. History of Modern Japan (3) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3629. History of Traditional China (3) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3630. History of Modern China (3) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3670. History of the Middle East Since 1500 (3) (WI*) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3710. Introduction to Latin American History: Colonial Period (3) (WI*) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3711. Introduction to Latin American History: Since 1808 (3) (WI*) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3780. Mexico and Central America (3) (WI*) (F) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3810. History of Africa (3) (WI*) (F) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3820. History of South Africa (3) (WI) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3830. Africa and Islam (3) (WI) (FC:SO)
    HIST 4610. History of Southeast Asia (3) (FC:SO)
    HIST 5130. Comparative History of New World Slavery and Race Relations (3) (WI*)
    HIST 5300. Comparative History of Non-Western Civilizations (3) (WI*)
    HIST 5765. Latin America: 1492 to the present (3) (WI*)
    INTL 2003. Introduction to Chinese Culture (3) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    INTL 2004. Introduction to Japanese Culture (3)
    INTL 3010. Field Study in Latin America (6) (P: Consent of instructor)
    MUSC 2248. Music of the World’s People (2) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
    MUSC 2268. Music of Latin America (2) (FC:FA)
    MUSC 5466. Folk and Indigenous Music of Europe and the Americas (2)
    MUSC 5476. African Music (2)
    MUSC 5516. Ibero-American Musics of the Twentieth Century (3) (WI) (P: MUSC 2166 or consent of instructor)
    PHIL 2455. Introduction to Africana Philosophy (3) (WI*) (FC:HU)
    POLS 3260. Middle Eastern Political Systems (3) (S) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3265. African Political Systems (3) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3270. Latin-American Political Systems (3) (FC:SO) (S)
    POLS 3280. South Asian Political Systems (3) (SS)
    RELI 1690. World Religions (3) (F,S) (FC:HU) (Formerly PHIL 1690)
    RELI 2691. Classical Islam (3) (FC:HU) (Formerly PHIL 2691)
    RELI 2692. Buddhism (3) (FC:HU) (Formerly PHIL 2692)
    RELI 3691. Islam in the Modern World (3) (WI*) (FC:HU) (Formerly PHIL 3691)
    SPAN 2441. Latin-American Culture and Civilization (3) (P: SPAN 2222 or 2330 or consent of dept chair)
    SPAN 4560. Major Latin-American Authors (3) (P: SPAN 2441, 2550; or consent of dept chair)
    SPAN 4561. Latin-American Texts of the Pre-Columbian and Colonial Periods (3) (P: SPAN 2441, 2550; or consent of dept chair; RP: SPAN 4560)
    SPAN 4562. Latin-American Texts of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries (3) (P: SPAN 2441, 2550; or consent of dept chair; RP: SPAN 4560)
    SPAN 4563. Latin-American Texts: The Boom and Beyond (3) (P: SPAN 2441, 2550; or consent of dept chair)
    SPAN 5445. Hispanic Cinema (3)
    SPAN 5550. Hispanic Women Writers (3) (P: Consent of dept chair)