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Comparative U.S. Race and Ethnicity Minor

Afr American/African Studies
American Indian Studies
American Studies
Chicano Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits in this minor: 15
This minor exposes students to key content, methodologies, and theories in the comparative study of African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, Chicanos, and Latinos in the United States. Students explore various methodologies and core concepts within the social sciences and humanities. Students develop a general knowledge of how diverse racial and ethnic individuals and groups have historically interacted with one another and might redefine themselves today. This minor draws from courses in a number of disciplines and academic approaches, and encourages social awareness, critical thinking, the development of new perspectives, and artistic appreciation.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Prospective minors are urged to enroll in 1xxx introductory courses offered in AFRO, AMIN, AAS, or CHIC (such as AMIN 1001 Indigenous Peoples: An American Perspective, AMIN 1003 Indigenous Peoples: A Minnesota Perspective, AAS 1101 Imagining Asian America) before officially declaring the minor.
Core Course
Take 1 or more course(s) totaling 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AFRO 4231 - Color of Public Policy: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans & Chicanos in the U.S. (3.0 cr)
· AMST 3113W - America's Diverse Cultures [DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 4047 - Anthropology of American Culture [SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3211W - American Race Relations [DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3875W - Comparative Race and Ethnicity in US History [HIS, DSJ, WI] (4.0 cr)
· GWSS 3002W - Gender, Race, and Class in the U.S. [DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· GWSS 3303W - Writing Differences: Literature by U.S. Women of Color [LITR, DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· GWSS 3203W - Blood, Bodies and Science [TS, SOCS, WI] (3.0 cr)
Electives
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AMST 3117 - Latinos in America's Global Cities [SOCS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMST 3001 - Contemporary Perspectives on Asian America [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3877 - Asian American History, 1850-Present [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AAS 4311 - Asian American Literature and Drama [LITR, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AAS 3301 - Asian America Through Arts and Culture [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3112 - In the Heart of the Beat: the Poetry of Rap (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3251W - Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender [WI] (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 3597W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture I [LITR, WI] (4.0 cr)
· AFRO 3598W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture II [LITR, WI] (4.0 cr)
· AFRO 3864 - African American History: 1619 to 1865 (3.0-4.0 cr)
· AFRO 3865 - African American History: 1865 to the Present (3.0-4.0 cr)
· AFRO 3866 - The Civil Rights and Black Power Movement, 1954-1984 (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3201W - American Indian Literature [LITR, DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3301 - American Indian Philosophies [AH, DSJ] (4.0 cr)
· AMIN 3409 - American Indian Women: Ethnographic and Ethnohistorical Perspectives [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3501 - American Indian Tribal Governments and Politics [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3601 - American Indian Oral Traditions (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3871 - American Indian History: Pre-Contact to 1830 [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3872 - American Indian History: 1830 to the Present [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3876 - American Indian Education (3.0 cr)
· CHIC 3223 - Chicana/o and Latina/o Representation in Film [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· CHIC 3507W - Introduction to Chicana/o Literature [LITR, DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· CHIC 3212 - Chicana Studies: La Chicana in Contemporary Society [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· CHIC 3444 - Chicana and Chicano History: 1821-1945 [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· CHIC 3446 - Chicana/o History II: WWII, El Movimiento, and the New Millennium [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· CHIC 3452 - Xicana/Indigena Studies: History, Culture, and Politics [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· CHIC 3752 - Chicanas and Chicanos in Contemporary Society [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· GWSS 3409W - Asian American Women's Cultural Production [AH, DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· GWSS 3411 {Inactive} [CD] (3.0 cr)
· GWSS 4401 - Chicana/Latina Cultural Studies [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
 
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AFRO 4231 - Color of Public Policy: African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans & Chicanos in the U.S.
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01013 - Afro 4231/AmIn 4231/Chic 4231
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Examination of structural or institutional conditions through which people of color have been marginalized in public policy. Critical evaluation of social theory in addressing the problem of contemporary communities of color in the United States.
AMST 3113W - America's Diverse Cultures (DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Diverse cultural (racial, ethnic, class) groups in America. Institutions/processes that shape their relations and create domination, resistance, hybridity, nationalism, racism, alliance. Specific content may vary.
ANTH 4047 - Anthropology of American Culture (SOCS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Anthropological approaches to contemporary American society/culture. Tensions between market and family. Unity, diversity. Individualism, community.
SOC 3211W - American Race Relations (DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Conceptual/theoretical tools sociologists use to study race relations in the United States. Historical experiences among racial/ethnic groups. American Indians, African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans, and white ethnics. prereq: Soc majors/minors must register A-F
HIST 3875W - Comparative Race and Ethnicity in US History (HIS, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02074
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This writing-intensive course examines the racial history of modern America to learn from and engage with what historians enmeshed in ethnic studies do. These historians examine the systematic and coordinated exercises of power called race in the American past and make legible how racially aggrieved groups responded to this shaping power. Thus, throughout, we ask, "What did racial subjects do with what was done to them by the American system forged out of settler colonialism, slavery, racism, and other forms of injustice, exclusion, and violence?" This question issues an intellectual challenge to do all that needs to be done to capture community life, the politics of difference, and the dynamism of social identities in all their richness, fullness, and complexity. In other words, we study and write about the racial history of modern America, including its ugly past and arc of justice, to consider what it would take to transcend this racial past.
GWSS 3002W - Gender, Race, and Class in the U.S. (DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02027
Typically offered: Every Fall
Comparative study of gender, race, class, sexuality in two or more ethnic cultures throughout U.S.
GWSS 3303W - Writing Differences: Literature by U.S. Women of Color (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02060 - AAS 3303W/GWSS 3303W
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Interpret/analyze poetry, fiction, and drama of U.S. women minority writers. Relationship of writer's history, ethnicity, race, class, and gender to her writings.
GWSS 3203W - Blood, Bodies and Science (TS, SOCS, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Ways in which modern biology has been site of conflict about race/gender. Race/gender demographics of scientific professions.
AMST 3117 - Latinos in America's Global Cities (SOCS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Relationship between Latina/o immigration and development of America�s global cities. Theoretical foundation for understanding global cities. Similarities/differences among socio-political trajectories and cultural practices of Latina/o communities.
AMST 3001 - Contemporary Perspectives on Asian America (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01126 - AAS 3001/AmSt 3001
Typically offered: Every Spring
Interdisciplinary overview of Asian American identities. Post-1965 migration/community. History, cultural productions, and concerns of Americans of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, Filipino, and Southeast Asian ancestry.
HIST 3877 - Asian American History, 1850-Present (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01066
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Asian American history and contemporary issues, from 1850 to the present. Immigration, labor, anti-Asian movements, women/families, impact of World War Two, new immigrant/refugee communities, civil rights, Asian American identity/culture.
AAS 4311 - Asian American Literature and Drama (LITR, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01865
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Literary/dramatic works by Asian American writers. Historical past of Asian America through perspective of writers such as Sui Sin Far and Carlos Bulosan. Contemporary artists such as Frank Chin, Maxine Hong Kingston, David Henry Hwang, and Han Ong. Political/historical background of Asian American artists, their aesthetic choices.
AAS 3301 - Asian America Through Arts and Culture (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01863
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Interdisciplinary questions of Asian American experience, identity, and community. Literature, dance, music, photography, film, theater, other cultural forms. Students work with local Asian American arts groups/organizations. Students express their own cultural contradictions through writing and other forms of artistic expression and attend local arts events.
AFRO 3112 - In the Heart of the Beat: the Poetry of Rap
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Contemporary African American poetry as expressed by popular culture contributors. Students analyze/evaluate poems used in rap, in context of African American literature, American culture, and aesthetics.
AFRO 3251W - Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Afro/Soc 3251
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Analytical overview of three major forms of inequalities in the United Sates today: race, class, gender. Focus on these inequalities as relatively autonomous from one another and as deeply connected/intertwined with one another. Intersectionality key to critical understanding of these social forces. Social change possibilities.
AFRO 3597W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture I (LITR, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01909
Typically offered: Every Fall
African American oral tradition, slave narrative, autobiography, poetry, essay, fiction, oratory, and drama, from colonial era through Harlem Renaissance.
AFRO 3598W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture II (LITR, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01910
Typically offered: Every Spring
African American oral tradition, autobiography, poetry, essay, fiction, oratory, drama. From after Harlem Renaissance to end of 20th century.
AFRO 3864 - African American History: 1619 to 1865
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Afro/Hist 3864
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Importance of dynamics of class, gender, region, and political ideology. Changing nature of race/racism.
AFRO 3865 - African American History: 1865 to the Present
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Afro/Hist 3865
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Internal migrations, industrialization/unionization, the Great Depression, world wars, large scale movements for social/political change.
AFRO 3866 - The Civil Rights and Black Power Movement, 1954-1984
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Afro 3866/5866
Typically offered: Every Fall
Modern black civil rights struggle in the U.S., i.e., the second reconstruction. Failure of reconstruction, abdication of black civil rights in 19th century. Assault on white supremacy via courts, state, and grass roots southern movement in 1950s and 1960s. Black struggle in north and west. New emphasis on Black Power, by new organizations. Ascendancy of Ronald Reagan, conservative assault on the movement.
AMIN 3201W - American Indian Literature (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Comparative studies of oral traditions, modern literature from various tribal cultures.
AMIN 3301 - American Indian Philosophies (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
World views of indigenous people of Americas. Topics include native medicines/healing practices, ceremonies/ritual, governance, ecology, humor, tribal histories, status of contemporary native people.
AMIN 3409 - American Indian Women: Ethnographic and Ethnohistorical Perspectives (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00746 - AmIn 3409/5409/WoSt 3412
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Comparative survey of ethnographic/ethnohistorical writings by/about American Indian women.
AMIN 3501 - American Indian Tribal Governments and Politics (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn 3501/Pol 3701
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
History, development, structure, politics of American Indian Governments. North American indigenous societies from pre-colonial times to present. Evolution of aboriginal governments confronted/affected by colonizing forces of European/Euro-American states. Bearing of dual citizenship on nature/powers of tribal governments in relation to states, federal government.
AMIN 3601 - American Indian Oral Traditions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Survey of oral traditions of indigenous peoples of North America.
AMIN 3871 - American Indian History: Pre-Contact to 1830 (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn/Hist 3871
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
American Indian history from the era of ancient Native America to the removal era. Social, cultural, political, and economic diversity of Native American peoples and Native American experiences with European colonialism.
AMIN 3872 - American Indian History: 1830 to the Present (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn/Hist 3872
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Focus on the impact of federal Indian policy on American Indian cultures and societies, and on American Indian culture change.
AMIN 3876 - American Indian Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Educational processes in American Indian cultures. History of school programs established for tribes by missionaries/U.S./Canadian governments. Importance of boarding schools in shaping the lives, families, communities, educational expectations of Indian people in late-19th/early-20th centuries.
CHIC 3223 - Chicana/o and Latina/o Representation in Film (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to Chicana/o and Latina/o visual representation. Depiction of Latina/o experience, history, and culture in film. Analyzing independent/commercial films as texts that illuminate deeply held beliefs around race, class, ethnicity, gender, and national origin.
CHIC 3507W - Introduction to Chicana/o Literature (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01817 - Chic 3507W/EngL 3507W
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Cultural, intellectual, and sociopolitical traditions of Mexican Americans as they are represented in creative literature. Genres/forms of creative cultural expression and their significance as representations of social, cultural, and political life in the United States. Novels, short stories, creative non-fiction, drama, essay, poetry, and hybrid forms of literature.
CHIC 3212 - Chicana Studies: La Chicana in Contemporary Society (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01049 - Chic 3212/WoSt 3410
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Scholarly/creative work of Chicanas or politically defined women of Mexican American community. Interdisciplinary. Historical context, cultural process, and autoethnography.
CHIC 3444 - Chicana and Chicano History: 1821-1945 (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Chic/Hist/LAS 3441
Typically offered: Every Fall
Experiences of people of Mexican descent in the United States. Important eras in histories of Mexico, the United States, and Mexican Americans. Central role of Chicana/os in U.S. history, culture, and politics.
CHIC 3446 - Chicana/o History II: WWII, El Movimiento, and the New Millennium (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02109
Typically offered: Every Spring
Experiences of people of Mexican descent in the U.S. Notions of citizenship from WWII. Chicano civil rights movement. Impact of immigration patterns/legislation. Cultural wars, changing demographics. Social, economic, and political changes that influenced day-to-day life of Mexican Americans. Meaning of racialized "Mexican" identity. How different groups of Mexicans have understood their relationships to other Americans and other Latino groups.
CHIC 3452 - Xicana/Indigena Studies: History, Culture, and Politics (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Historical, cultural, and political processes impacting Chicanas/os and their understanding of being indigenous to the North American continent. History, culture, and identity formation as dynamic processes intimately related to present and future constructions of Mexican American identities and sociopolitical perspectives.
CHIC 3752 - Chicanas and Chicanos in Contemporary Society (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to sociological analysis of theoretical/methodological approaches to Chicano/a and Latina/o communities. Socioeconomic conditions, education, cultural change, the family, gender relations, political experiences. Theories, issues, methods of sociological research. Debates regarding qualitative/quantitative research methods.
GWSS 3409W - Asian American Women's Cultural Production (AH, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: (Select a set)
Typically offered: Every Fall
Analysis of media, art, literature, performance, on artistic contributions. History, politics, culture of Asian American women. Interpret cultural production to better understand role of race, gender, nation within American society/citizenship.
GWSS 4401 - Chicana/Latina Cultural Studies (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01460 - Chic 4401/GWSS 4401
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Readings in Chicana/Latina cultural studies. TV, film, art, music, dance, theatre, literature. Identity/sexuality. Production of culture/theory.