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Minor in Ethnic Studies in the United States (Spring 2008)

Department of History, College of Liberal Arts

Effective Spring 2008

General Information

Contact: Professor Nancy Gentile Ford, Director, 112 Old Science Hall, 389-4164,

The minor provides students with an opportunity to take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of ethnicity. This allows students to analyze and compare the experiences of various ethnic groups within the United States.

The minor's comparative perspective gives students a unique opportunity to select and link courses from a variety of departments within the College of Liberal Arts.

The program also encourages students to connect the experiences of people of various ethnicities within the United States to those in other countries both from a current and historical context.

The minor includes 18 credits, two courses from each of three categories.

Core courses provide students with a broad background in the study of ethnicity. These courses help students develop a critical framework for analysis. Courses address the complex national and international forces that have shaped ethnicity in the U.S., as they relate to gender, class, generation, race, religion, regional, urban, rural, sexual and political identity.

Focus courses allow students to pursue a concentrated examination of particular ethnic groups. Classes examine the oppressive forces of discrimination and racism. However, they also explore ethnic group empowerment by studying creative strategies used to negotiate and construct ethnic identity. This includes the creation of kinship networks, ethnic enclaves and ethnic community associations.

Global/Elective courses allow students to develop an individualized program of study based upon their own interests.

The minor is overseen by an advisory committee with representatives from the Multicultural Center and Departments of English, Political Science, Languages and Cultures, Educational Studies and Secondary Education, Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice, History, Communication Studies and Theatre Arts and Anthropology.


Core Courses - designed to provide students with a broad background of ethnicity in the United States.

Choose two from the following nine courses:

20.152 Growing up Other
20.388 Gender/Race/Class
26.490 Playwrights of Color
41.200 Geography of the United States and Canada
42.224 The Immigrant Experience
42.404 History of the American West
44.375 Multiculturalist Theory
45.215 Race and Ethnic Minorities
46.333 Ethnic Identity in the United States
08.302 Ethnic and Racial Studies (Honors course)
08.302 Diversity Seminar (Honors course)

Focus Courses - designed to provide students with a concentrated study of the various ethnic groups within the United States.

Choose two from the following courses:

12.213 U.S. Hispanics: Culture and Literature
12.214 The Hispanic World Today (in Spanish)
20.152 Literature and Society: African-Americans in Rural Pennsylvania
20.281 U.S. Latino Literature
20.287 Black Women Writers
20.334 Studies in American Literature (Topic: Whiteness in American Literature)
20.436 African-American Literature
42.228 African-American History
42.395 African-American Radicalism and the 20th Century
42.404 Topics in American History: Native American History
46.240 Native North Americans
46.311 Archaeology of North East North America

Global and Elective Courses - students may:

Global courses allow students to link their knowledge in the United States with those in other countries.

Courses approved to date:

10.212 French Today
11.211 German Culture & Civilizations
12.212 Spanish-American Culture and Civilizations
41.100 World Regional Geography
41.102 World Cultural Geography
41.203 Geography of Australia
41.204 Geography of South Asia
42.131 Asian Civilization to 1500
42.132 Asian Civilization since 1500
42.141 Modern China and Japan
42.151 History of Africa to 1884-1885
42.143 Black Africa
42.354 Modern Japan
42.355 East Asia Since 1800
42.405 The Jews of Europe
44.371 Political Systems of Africa
46.102 Anthropology and World Problems
46.200 Principles of Cultural Anthropology
46.310 Aztecs and Mayas
46.320 Contemporary World Cultures
46.450 People and Cultures of South America

To petition additional global courses not approved above, provide the director of the Ethnic Studies Minor with a course syllabus. The Ethnic Studies Committee must approve all global courses and internships.