2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Academic Catalog

Race and Ethnic Studies Concentration

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Degree Type Offered: Concentration

An interdisciplinary program that consists of 12 credit hours.  It explores the historical origins and nature of race and ethnicity in contemporary America and the global world.  It is designed for a student in any major.  Upon completion of the concentration the student will be cognizant of the diversity and complexity of current major issues of race and ethnicity.  Courses in the concentration enable students to explore the historical, political, economic, religious and social aspects of race and ethnicity including some of the possible problems, solutions, and challenges of multiculturalism and identity.  The concentration is an excellent preparation for the student’s personal life as well as professional careers in the 21st century, including law, education, business human services, medicine, cross-cultural or international relations, policy, and ethics.

Consists of 12 credit hours including the following courses:

SOC-333 Racial and Ethnic Studies

And three courses from the following:

BIOL-215 Biology of Human Diversity & Pseudoscience of Racism

COMM-340 Representations of Gender, Race & Class

ENG-243 Native American Literature and Culture

ENG-336 Literature of the Black Experience

FREN-300 Special Cultural Topics in English

FREN-345 Modern French Cultures

GER-300 Special Topics in English

HIST-340 American Indian History

HIST-350 Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Great Powers

HIST-370 Genocide

HIST-430 European Imperialism

PHIL-322EW Ethics and Identity

PSCI-310 Latin American Politics

PSCI-360 Population, Immigration, and Politics

REL-340 Religions of the Near East

REL-350 Religions of the Far East

SOC-335 Immigrants in the Shenandoah Valley

SOC-363 Cultures of Japan

SOC-365 Cultures of Africa

SPAN-300 Special Cultural Topics in English

SPAN-352W Hispanic Masculinities

Note: Students may count no more than 2 courses with a given course prefix towards the concentration.