Race and Ethnic Studies

Summer/Fall 2019 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 2019 and spring 2020. RACE majors and concentrators are eligible for pre-registration for RACE 121 and RACE 252 by contacting program director Jennifer Kwon Dobbs at

RACE 252: Race, Ethnicity, and Indigenous Studies (Ibtesam Al Atiyat, Fall 2019): This course is an advanced analysis of critical race, indigeneity, and ethnicity theories. Premised on the idea that a deeper and critical understanding of the world rests on placing race and coloniality at the center of analysis, the course will examine theoretical perspectives that problematizerace, racism, imperialism, colonialism and postcolonialism, slavery, genocide, and im/migration and borders. Theories we will cover include critical race theory, (post)colonialism, postmodernism, class-based analysis, theories of sovereignty and nationalism, multiculturalism and identity politics, third wave, global or transnational feminism and critical queer theories. Readings will include both original theoretical texts as well as field studies that demonstrate the application of theory. Recommended for the Race and Ethnic Studies major and concentration. GE credits: HBS and MCD.

Summer 2019

History 199: America After 1865 (Christopher Elias)
Music 231: History of Jazz (Arthur Haecker)
Religion 293: Religious Pluralism and the Nature of Community (Greg Walter)

Fall 2019

Art 278: Art, Identity, Experience in the Early Mediterranean World (Nancy Thompson)
Asian Studies/Religion 254: Jesus on the Indian Road (DeAne Lagerquist)
Dance 112: African Fusion (Arneshia Williams)
Dance 260: Hip Hop II (Arneshia Williams)
Dance 261: Hip Hop II (Arneshia Williams)
Education 250: Second Language Acquisition (Jill Watson)
Education 346: Ethics of Refugee and Immigrant Education (Jill Watson)
English 205: American Racial/Multicultural Literature (Joan Hepburn)
History 126: Conquest and Colonization (Jeane DeLaney)
History 151: Slavery in the African History (Abdulai Iddrisu)
History 195: Colonial, Postcolonial, Global (Abdulai Iddrisu)
History 291: Intro to African History (Abdulai Iddrisu)
History 290: Reel America: U.S. History in Film (Judy Kutulas)
History 297: Race, Gender, Sports in America (Christopher Elias)
Music 141: Intro to Musicology (Rehanna Kheshgi)
Music 231: History of Jazz (David Hagedorn)
Music 237: World Music (Rehanna Kheshgi)
Music 345A: Music of South Asia (Rehanna Kheshgi)
Political Science 264: Latin American Politics (Kris Thalhammer)
Political Science 350: Immigration and Citizenship (Kathy Tegtmayer Pak)
RACE 121: Intro to Race and Ethnic Studies (Jennifer Kwon Dobbs)
RACE 252: Race, Ethnicity, Indigeneity (Ibtesam Al Atiyat)
Sociology/Anthropology 128: Intro to Cultural Anthropology (Thomas Williamson)
Sociology/Anthropology 237: Latin American Culture (Chris Chiappari)
Sociology/Anthropology 247: Disasters (Vivian Choi)
Sociology/Anthropology 264: Race and Class in American Culture (Marc David)
Sociology/Anthropology 269: Urban Sociology (David Schalliol)
Spanish 231: The U.S. and Spanish-Speaking World (Staff)
Spanish 232: Latinx Experiences in the United States (Staff)
Spanish 276: Spanish as a First and Second Language (Staff)
Spanish 312: Voices: Historical Nationalities (Gwen Barnes-Karol)
Social Work 221: Social Work and Social Welfare (Mary Carlsen)
Social Work 373: Just Practice (Susan Smalling)
Theater 180: Text and Performance (Bryan Schmidt)
Theater 379: Golden Age of American Musical Theatre: History and Context (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 2019)
Religion 260: Religion in America (DeAne Lagerquist, fall 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, ethnicity, and/or indigeneity.