Courses

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 galegher@stolaf.edu. 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)

Interim 2021

RACE 121: Introduction to Race and Ethnic Studies (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.

Asian 201: Colonial Hong Kong and Taiwan (Hsiang-Lin Shih)
Education 170: Urban Schools and Communities (Courtney Humm)
Education 379: Urban Education Practicum and Seminar (Rosemary Pfarr-Baker)
English 108: Trickster/Postcolonial Literature (Joseph Mbele)
History 189 A: Holy War in Pre-Modern World (Katherine Tuley)
History 189 B: Race in Latin America (Sergio Pinto-Handler)
History 299: Nationalism and Empire in Europe (Andrei Tcacenco)
Music 245: Music and Social Justice (David Carter and Emery Stephens)
Political Science 244: Race and Politics (Joshua Anderson)
Psychology 390: Psychology of Diversity (Jessica Benson)
Sociology/Anthropology 269: Urban Sociology (David Schalliol)
Sociology/Anthropology 297: Environmental Anthropology (Vivian Choi)
Spanish 231: The U.S. and Spanish-Speaking World (Maggie Broner)
Spanish 232: Latinx Experiences in the United States (Gwendolyn Barnes-Karol)
Theater 110 A/B/C: Introduction to Theater (staff)

Spring 2021

RACE 121: Introduction to Race and Ethnic Studies (Marc David): 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: Introduction to Chicanx Studies (Carlos Gallego): This course focuses on the historical, political, and social movements and events that have resulted in the construction of Chicanx identity. Beginning with the concept of “mesitzaje” and the conquest of the “New World,” we examine the consequences of this paradigmatic event throughout history, from the formation of a new people and nation during the colonial and postcolonial periods (1517-1821) to more modern examples of the colonial legacy, such as the U.S.-Mexico War (1846-1848) and the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920). More importantly, students study the various ways in which this complex history has resulted in the marginalization and disenfranchisement of Mexican-Americans in the United States, and how the Mexican-American generation’s politics of assimilation (1940s-1950s) gave way to the Chicano/a activism of the 1960s, which broke with the traditional ideas and practices of non-confrontation. The course concludes by underscoring the evolution of Chicano/a identity into our contemporary understanding of Chicanx identity, with an emphasis on the concepts of queerness, universality, and non-identity existent within this latest instantiation of an ever-evolving subject position. Although the readings will focus specifically on Chicanx texts, a comparative analysis with other racial identities is encouraged for discussion and research. Recommended for the Race and Ethnic Studies major and concentration. GE credits: HBS and MCD.

RACE 396: Advanced Methods in Race and Ethnic Studies: Research and Creativity (Jonathan Naito): How is academic work in race and ethnic studies enabled or transformed by an openness to creativity? And how is creative work (in fields such as film, music, literature, and visual art) enabled or transformed by research? In this seminar, students encounter foundational and contemporary work that addresses one or both of these questions. In the second half of the semester, students pursue individual projects (academic, creative, or both) that serve as their response. Strongly recommended for the Race and Ethnic Studies senior majors who prefer a course setting in which to complete their senior projects. Open to RACE senior concentrators, and RACE junior majors and concentrators by permission of the instructor.

Africa and the Americas 231: The Diaspora Experience (Abdulai Iddrisu)
American Conversations (completion of Am Con counts for one RACE elective)
Art 276: Mesoamerican Art (Marsha Olson)
Asian 123: Asia in America (Ka Wong)
Dance 107: Jazz (Heather Klopchin)
Dance 112: African Diaspora in Contemporary Dance I (Arneshia Williams)
Dance 240: African Diaspora in Contemporary Dance II (Arneshia Williams)
Dance 241: African Diaspora in Contemporary Dance II (Arneshia Williams)
Dance 246: Dance in the United States (Arneshia Williams)
Education 260: Foundations in Education (Courtney Humm)
English 203: Asian American Literature (Jennifer Kwon Dobbs)
English 345: The Black Radical Tradition (Sean Ward)
History 126: Peoples of Colonial Latin America (Sergio Pinto-Handler)
History 181: Civil Rights Revolution (Michael Fitzgerald)
History 270: Immigration in America (Christopher Elias)
History 277: African American History (Michael Fitzgerald)
History 289: Travel/Mapping the Pre-Modern World (Katherine Tuley)
History 291: African History (Abdulai Iddrisu)
History 297: Segregation in the United States (Michael Fitzgerald)
History 299: Revolutions in Latin-American History (Sergio Pinto-Handler)
Music 141: Introduction to Musicology (Caitlin Schmidt)
Norwegian 244: The Sámi: Traditions in Transition (Kari Lie Dorer)
Philosophy 247: Latin American Political Philosophy (Brendon Westler)
Political Science 350: Immigration and Citizenship (Kathy Tegtmeyer Pak)
Race and Ethnic Studies 121: Introduction to Race and Ethnic Studies (Marc David)
Race and Ethnic Studies 252: Introduction to Chicanx Studies (Carlos Gallego)
Race and Ethnic Studies 396: Research and Creativity (Jonathan Naito)
Race Matters (completion of course sequence counts for two RACE electives) (Jon Naito, David Schalliol)
Religion 121 C: Belonging as Blessing and Challenge (Anthony Bateza)
Religion 121 O: Politics in the Bible and the Bible in Politics (Kelly Figueroa-Ray)
Religion 232: Multiculturalism and Beloved Community (Kelly Figueroa-Ray)
Religion 249: Anti-Racist Christian Theologies (Deanna Thompson)
Religion 267: African-American Religious Thought (Timothy M. Rainey II)
Sociology/Anthropology 121 A/B: Introduction to Sociology (Ryan Shepard)
Sociology/Anthropology 128 A/B: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Andrea Conger)
Sociology/Anthropology 247 A/B: Disasters (Vivian Choi)
Spanish 231 A/B/C: The U.S. and Spanish-Speaking World (Staff)
Spanish 232 A/B/C/D/E/F/G/H/I: Latinx Experiences in the United States (Staff)
Spanish 276: Spanish as a First and Second Language (Maggie Broner)
Social Work 221: Social Work/Social Welfare (Melissa Mendez)
Theater 180: Text and Performance (Karen Wilson, Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha)
Women’s and Gender Studies 399: Decolonizing Feminism(s) (Ibtesam Al Atiyat)
Writing 111 C: First-Year Writing: Power, Justice, and the Environment (Juliet Patterson)

Courses that May Count by Petition

Art 282: Museum Controversies (Hannah Ryan)
Economics 113: Capitalism (Bruce Wambheim)
Economics 380: American Economic History (Bruce Wambheim)
Environmental Studies 283: Arctic Journeys: Literature of the North (Jenna Coughlin)
Family Studies 253: Human Sexuality (Erica Kanewischer)
Film and Media Studies 160: The Media Landscape (William Sonnega)
History 320: Europe’s Bodies Gender/Race/Class (Anna Kuxhausen)
Philosophy 245: Philosophy and Feminism (Corliss Swain)
Political Science 297: Washington D.C. Politics and Practicum (Menevis Cilizoglu)
Psychology 232: Gender Equality in Norway (Carlo Veltri)
Psychology 390: Psychology of Leadership (Mark Sundby)
Religion 296: Love, Justice, and Social Relations (Anthony Bateza)
Social Work 261: Inclusive Practice: Groups, Organizations, and Communities (Staff)
Sociology/Anthropology 267: Medical Anthropology (Thomas Williamson)
Sociology/Anthropology 299: Women, Sport, and Culture (Andrea Conger)
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.