Undergraduate Race & Ethnic Cultures General
2022 Fall Term
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INTRODUCTION TO RACE AND ETHNIC STUDIES
As the gateway and methods course for all the minors in the Race and Ethnic Studies Program, this interdisciplinary course provides an introduction to race theory frameworks from multiple disciplines (critical race theory, racial identity development, third space and cultural hybridity) and applies them to the dynamic and overlapping histories, cultures and literatures of historically underrepresented groups in the U.S.
AMERICAN MINORITY POLITICS
The central concern of this course is to provide the student an awareness of the political development of racial and ethnic minorities in today's political arena. It will compare and contrast the development of the white ethnic communities of the 19th and 20th centuries with our modern day racial and ethnic minorities.
IMMIGRATION TODAY: INDIVIDUAL, COMMUNITY, AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
This course focuses on the changes in immigration to the United States in recent decades, challenges that recent immigrants face, and the controversies around this immigration. The immigrant experience of Latinos and the Hmong in Midwest will be emphasized, from an individual, family, and community perspective.
RACE, ETHNICITY AND FILM
This course will sociologically analyze racial and ethnic patterns in American films. We will discuss how decision-makers shape the public imagination. We will examine how race intersects with other identities in ways that lead to specific trends in Hollywood. We will highlight the relationship between media, culture and the economy.
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable three times for maximum of 9 credits.