Race and Ethnic Studies

2018-19 Core and Approved Courses

Please note that Intro to Race and Ethnic Studies (RACE 121), which is required for the concentration and major, will be offered during fall 2018, interim and spring 2019. RACE majors and concentrators are eligible for pre-registration by contacting program director Jennifer Kwon Dobbs at

RACE 250: Framing Narratives of Freedom, Countering Structures of Race (Joan Hepburn, Spring 2019)

Immigrants, poor women, minors, and especially disenfranchised people of color have always had to deal with the attitudes, conventions, and conduct of the communities within which they have lived. These named, practiced, and established long enough become the cornerstones on which a national identity is built. They become the massive structures that the U.S. exports transnationally and imaginatively. In this interdisciplinary study, students will examine systems of inequality and injustice, despite American claims of enlightened democracy, attempts to resist impositions of social confinement, and discover why, even today, it proves so difficult to dismantle historically entrenched racial binaries not always visible to the naked eye, especially of the privileged and powerful who are expected to be white. GE credits: ALS-L, MCD

Summer 2018

History 199: American History Since 1865 (Christopher Elias)
Sociology/Anthropology 128 A/B: Intro to Anthropology (Andrea Conger)

Fall 2018 (Semester I)

Dance 112 A/B: African Fusion I (Arneshia Williams)
Dance 113: Hip Hop I (Arneshia Williams)
Education 260: Foundations in Education (Courtney Humm)
English 205: American Racial/Multicultural Lit (Samantha Majhor)
English 209: Arab American Literature (Linda Mokdad)
History 151: Slavery in African History (Abdulai Iddrisu)
History 291: Intro to African History (Abdulai Iddrisu) pending approval
History 195: Global History 1500-Present (Abdulai Iddrisu)
Music 231: History of Jazz (David Hagedorn)
Music 237: World Music (Rehanna Kheshgi)
Philosophy 255: Race and Social Justice (Laura Engel)
RACE 121: Intro to Race and Ethnic Studies (Jennifer Kwon Dobbs)
Religion 121: Politics in the Bible and the Bible in Politics (Kelly Figueroa-Ray)
Sociology/Anthropology 128: Intro to Cultural Anthropology (Andrea Conger)
Sociology/Anthropology 233 A/B: Sociology of Colonialism/Postcolonialism (Ibtesam Al-Atiyat)
Sociology/Anthropology 261 A/B: Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspectives (Andrea Conger)
Sociology/Anthropology 269: Urban Sociology (David Schalliol)
Spanish 273: Heritage/Hispanic U.S. (Ariel Strichartz)
Spanish 276: Spanish as a First and Second Language (Maggie Broner)
Spanish 312: Voices of the Spanish-Speaking World (Jonathan O’Connor) pending approval
Social Work 221: Social Work/Social Welfare (Mary Carlsen)
Social Work 373: Just Practice (Susan Smalling)
Theater 180: Text and Performance (Michelle Gibbs)
Writing 111: First-Year Writing: Seeing Race in the 21st Century (Jonathan Naito)
Writing 111: First Year-Writing: Race and Power (Jennifer Kwon Dobbs)

Interim 2019

Art 261: O’Keefe’s Art and New Mexico (Matt Rohn)
Education 170: Urban Schools and Communities (Courtney Humm)
Education 379: Urban Education Practicum and Seminar (Rosemary Pffar-Baker)
History 256: Slavery in Ghana (Abdulai Iddrisu)
History 297: Top: Race/Gender/Sports in America (Christopher Elias)
Political Science 244: Race and Politics (Joshua Anderson)
RACE 121: Intro to Race and Ethnic Studies (Samantha Majhor)
Religion 2xx : Lived Theologies of the U.S.-Mexico Border (Kelly Figueroa-Ray)
Sociology/Anthropology 128: Introduction to Anthropology (Christopher Chiappari)

Spring 2019 (Semester II)

Africa and the Americas 231: Seminar Africa and the Americas (Abdulai Iddrisu)
Art 265: African American Art (Christopher Tradowsky)
Art 275 (Topics): Race/Difference in European Art (Nancy Thompson) pending approval
Dance 112: African Fusion I (Arneshia Williams)
Dance 246: Dance in the United States (Heather Klopchin)
English 207: Women of the African Diaspora (Joan Hepburn)
English 208: Black and Asian British Literature (Jonathan Naito)
English 251: Major Chicano/a Authors (Carlos Gallego)
Environmental Studies 381 (Topics): Race, Environment, and Art (Matt Rohn)
History 199 A/B: American After 1865 (Eric Fure-Slocum)
History 395: Oral History Seminar (Abdulai Iddrisu)
Middle Eastern Studies 202: Topics in Modern Mid East Studies (Linda Mokdad) pending approval
Norwegian 244: The Sámi: Traditions in Transition (Kari Lie Dorer)
Political Science 350: Immigration/Citizenship (Kathy Tegtmayer Pak)
Psychology 390: Diversity/Social (Jessica Benson) pending approval
RACE 121: Intro to Race and Ethnic Studies (Arneshia Williams)
RACE 250: Narratives of Freedom (Joan Hepburn)
Religion 121: Politics in the Bible and the Bible in Politics (Kelly Figueroa-Ray)
Sociology/Anthropology 128 A/B: Intro to Cultural Anthropology (Thomas Williamson)
Sociology/Anthropology 264 A/B: Race and Class in America (David Schalliol)
Spanish 311: Language in Society (Maggie Broner)
Social Work 221: Social Work/Social Welfare (staff)
Theater 180: Text and Performance (Michelle Gibbs)
Writing 111: First-Year Writing: Seeing Race in the 21st Century (Jonathan Naito)

Courses that May Count by Petition

Music 134: Rock Music: Style/Context (David Castro, summer 2018)
Religion 390: American Identities: Religion, Race, and Gender (DeAne Lagerquist, fall 2018)
Sociology/Anthropology 244: Migration: The U.S. and the Netherlands (Ryan Sheppard, interim 2019)

If there are courses not listed here that you would like to petition for RACE credit, please review these guidelines and contact the program director.

Other Courses

Sections of Religion 121 and Writing 111 may also count for RACE credit depending on their foci. Check with the program director to see.

By arrangement with the professor and program director, you may include an IS/IR or internship as part of your major or concentration if 50% of your coursework covers race and ethnicity.