Race and Ethnic Studies

2020-21 Core and Elective Courses

Please note that Intro to Race and Ethnic Studies (RACE 121), required for the concentration and major, will be offered during fall 2020 and spring 2021. RACE majors and concentrators are eligible for pre-registration for all core RACE courses (RACE 121, 252, 396) by contacting AAA Roseanne Galegher at The fall pre-registration period is Friday-Tuesday, April 10-14, 2020 by 5 p.m.

Summer 2019

Sociology/Anthropology 121 A/B: Introduction to Sociology (Ibtesam Al Atiyat)
Spanish 232: Latinx Experiences in the United States (Amy Hill-Cosimini)
Religion 267: African-American Religious Thought (Timothy M. Rainey)

Fall 2020

RACE 121: Introduction to Race and Ethnic Studies (sections A/B: Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, and section C: SooJin Pate): This course provides an introduction to critical concepts and key readings about race and racism that are important to the field of Ethnic Studies. Focusing on identities and communities, students learn about racial formation and difference in U.S. and comparative cultural and historical contexts. How does race intersect with class, gender, nation, and sexuality to produce privileges and oppressions? Students survey the emergence of Ethnic Studies through literary texts including art, creative writing, film, music, popular culture, and/or the sciences to become acquainted with interdisciplinary approaches and how concerns for racial equity and social justice formed this academic field. Required for the Race and Ethnic Studies major and concentration. GE credits: ALS-L and MCD.

RACE 252: Race, Ethnicity, and Indigenous Studies (Ibtesam Al Atiyat, Fall 2020): 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.

American Conversations (completion of Am Con counts for one RACE elective): (Kristina Medina-Vilarino, Christopher Elias)
Art 276: Latin American Modernism (Hannah Ryan)
Dance 108: Native and Immigrant Traditions (Anne von Bibra)
Dance 112: African Diaspora in Contemporary Dance (Arneshia Williams)
Dance 113: Hip Hop I (Arneshia Williams)
Dance 141: Hip Hop Dance and History (Arneshia Williams)
Education 250: Second Language Acquisition (Jill Watson)
Education 293: Refugee and Immigrant Experiences in Faribault, MN (Heather Campbell)
Education 346: Ethics of Refugee and Immigrant Education (Jill Watson)
English 205: American Racial/Multicultural Literature (Joan Hepburn)
English 251: Major Chicano/a Authors (Carlos Gallego)
English 280: Muslim Women Writers (Joseph Mbele)
English 280: Queer Literature and Theory (Juliet Patterson)
French 260: The Cultures of Franco-America (Olivia Maxwell-Yoshioka)
History 126: Conquest and Colonization (Jeane DeLaney)
History 151: Slavery in African History (Abdulai Iddrisu)
History 165: Slavery and the Americas (Michael Fitzgerald)
History 189: Race in Latin America (Sergio Pinto-Handler)
History 195: Global Histories from 1500-present (Abdulai Iddrisu)
History 288: America in the Civil War and Reconstruction Era (Michael Fitzgerald)
History 370: Emancipation and Violence in America (Michael Fitzgerald)
Latin American Studies 333: Contemporary Latin American Issues (Kristina Medina-Vilarino)
Music 141: Intro to Musicology (staff)
Music 231: History of Jazz (staff)
Music 237: World Music (Rehanna Kheshgi)
Music 345: Music of South Asia (Rehanna Kheshgi)
Philosophy 255: Race and Social Justice (Michael Fuerstein)
Political Science 258: World Politics (staff)
RACE 121: Introduction to Race and Ethnic Studies A/B (Jennifer Kwon Dobbs)
RACE 121: Introduction to Race and Ethnic Studies C (SooJin Pate)
RACE 252: Race, Ethnicity, and Indigenous Studies (Ibtesam Al Atiyat)
Race Matters (completion of course sequence counts for two RACE electives) (Jon Naito, David Schalliol)
Religion 121 B/D: Belong as Blessing and Challenge (Anthony Bateza)
Religion 232 A/B: The Insurgent Multiculturalism of Beloved Community (Kelly Figueroa-Ray)
Religion 267: African-American Religious Thought (Timothy M. Rainey)
Sociology/Anthropology 121 A/B: Introduction to Sociology (David Schalliol)
Sociology/Anthropology 128 A/B: Intro to Cultural Anthropology (Thomas Williamson)

Sociology/Anthropology 128 C: Intro to Cultural Anthropology (Andrea Conger)
Sociology/Anthropology 128 D: Intro to Cultural Anthropology (Vivian Choi)
Sociology/Anthropology 261 A/B: Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (Andrea Conger)
Sociology/Anthropology 299 A: Life on Campus (Thomas Williamson)

Sociology/Anthropology 299 B: Power, State, and Everyday Life (Marc David)
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 (Maggie Broner)
Spanish 311: Language, Power, and Ideology (Maggie Broner)
Social Work 221: Social Work and Social Welfare (Melissa Mendez)
Social Work 373: Just Practice (Susan Smalling)

Courses that May Count by Petition

Economics 380: American Economic History (Bruce Wambheim)
Environmental Studies 283: Arctic Journeys: Literature of the North (Jenna Coughlin)
Sociology/Anthropology 371: Foundations of Social Science Research: Qualitative Methods (Ryan Sheppard)
Spanish 313: Social Inequality in Spanish Literature (Jonathan O’Connor)
Writing 111: First-Year Writing: Hip Hop Generation (Sean Ward)

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.