An Ole Tradition of Ethnic Studies

1969

The National Endowment for the Humanities accepts a proposal by professor and chair of History Henry Fritz to establish American Minority Studies, an interdisciplinary program that awards a concentration. Professor Fritz, a scholar of Native American Studies, writes that the program will be “a counterpart for the domestic scene of our program in Asian Studies.” American Minority Studies courses are also open to students from American Colleges of the Midwest-affiliated institutions.

1974

Along with Latin American Studies, the program receives approval to offer a major.

1988-89

A Pew grant enables the program to convene a college faculty workshop titled “Teaching Race and Racism.” The program renames itself American Racial and Multicultural Studies (ARMS).

2011-12

Funded by a provost’s Academic Innovation Fund grant, ARMS convenes “Mapping Ethnic Studies,” a faculty learning community. ARMS renames itself Race and Ethnic Studies (abbreviated RACE).

2016

In partnership with Social Work and Family Studies and funded by a provost’s Academic Innovation Fund grant, RACE convenes “Teaching Race and Family,” a faculty learning community.

2019

Race and Ethnic Studies celebrates 50 years on the Hill.