Ethnic Studies (EST)
Advisor: Mary Olson
The Ethnic Studies Program and the courses that make up its offerings address questions of ethnic identity and relations among ethnic groups and is supervised by a faculty committee composed of the course instructors.
In order to receive Ethnic Studies credit a course must devote a significant portion of its content to the study of subordinate racial or ethnic groups, where a subordinate group is understood as one whose members are, or have historically been, disadvantaged and subjected to unequal treatment by the dominant group in a society, the latter understood as a group whose members have superior access to or control over a society's economic, political, or social power. Specific courses may emphasize the cultural practices of one or more racial or ethnic groups or the interrelationships between subordinate and dominant racial or ethnic groups.
Ethnic Studies faculty members:
Craig Allin, Carol Enns, Christina Penn-Goetsch, Alfrieta Parks Monagan, Marcela Ochoa-Shivapour, Mary Olson, Catherine Stewart
Major: A minimum of 10 course credits which include:
- ANT 101 (Cultural Anthropology); EDU 240 (Human Relations); EST 123, 485; PSY 276 (Multicultural Psychology); and SOC 348 (Race and Ethnic Relations).
- Four courses selected from the following, at least two of which must be at the 300 level and no more than three of which may be chosen from one department: ANT 206 (West Indian People and Culture), 208 (Cross-Cultural Love and Family); ART 202 (Ceramics, when taught in Mexico), 261 (Topics in Non-Western Art), 263 (African Art), 266 (American Indian Art: Gender and the Marketplace); ENG 351 (African-American Literature), 367 (Multicultural Literature); HIS 116 (Introductory Seminar in History, when the topic is "The Holocaust"), 251 (Federal Indian Policy), 255 (American Lives, when the topic is "African-Americans"), 350 (Colonial America), 354 (United States Social History Since 1940), 356 (African-Americans in U.S. History), 357 (Seminar in American History, when the topic is "Japanese-Americans"); MUS 220 (Jazz History); PHI 301 (Asian Philosophy); POL 335 (Seminar in International Relations and Comparative Government, when the topic is "Ethnicity and Ethnic Conflicts in Today's World"), 361 (Race, Sex, and the Constitution), 367 (Urban Politics); REL 342 (Judaism), 362 (Holocaust and Response); RUS 281 (Introduction to Russian Culture through Literature and Film); SOC 248 (Contemporary Native Americans), 343 (Women: Oppressions and Resistances), 376 (Civil Rights and Western Racism); SPA 383 (Latinos in the U.S.), and 385 (Latin American Culture and Civilization).
Similar courses, if approved in advance by the Ethnic Studies advisor, may also be chosen as electives. Students are encouraged to participate in relevant study-abroad programs. To count such programs toward an interdisciplinary major in Ethnic Studies, students must obtain the approval of the Ethnic Studies advisor in advance.
123. Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Examination of the meaning of ethnicity, race, and minority status. The relationship between race, class, and ethnicity. The psychology of prejudice. Structural discrimination. The evolution of ethnic interactions. The course is interdisciplinary in method and cross-cultural in perspective. Not open to seniors without permission of instructor.
280/380. Internship: see Courses 280/380.
290/390. Individual Project: see Courses 290/390.
485. Readings/Research in Ethnic Studies
Student designed individual research in selected areas. Focus to be a research paper or project whose subject matter has been approved by both the professor directing the paper/project and by the Ethnic Studies Program Committee. May be taken under the direction of any professor currently offering courses listed as part of the Ethnic Studies major. Prerequisites: a declared major in Ethnic Studies, EST 123, at least six additional courses that may be counted towards the Ethnic Studies major, permission of the instructor, and approval by the Ethnic Studies Program Committee.
988. There are programs run by the School for International Training which have an emphasis on ethnicity. They are located in Australia, Central Europe, China, Fiji, Ghana, Kenya, Korea, Russia, and South Africa. See School for International Training Programs.