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Race & Ethnicity

The LS&A faculty added the Race & Ethnicity requirement in 1991 after long and thoughtful discussion. The faculty does believe that because racial and ethnic intolerance has fundamentally affected the development of contemporary American society and because its effects will continue to be felt well into the future, all students should take at least one course that deals on a fairly sophisticated level with topics such as the historical development of racism, and the social, political, and economic effects of racism and other types of discrimination.

In an article for the Spring, 1991 edition of LSAmagazine, LS&A Dean Goldenberg wrote that the faculty "agreed that racism is an urgent problem facing the University and society at large and that it is desirable that courses in the College address questions of race and ethnicity and teach students to think analytically and critically about such topics.... The aim [of the requirement] is to provide students with relevant information about an important social issue since the changing world and work-place the student will enter will require being better able to listen to and understand a diversity of voices."

Courses approved to meet the Race & Ethnicity requirement will address issues arising from racial or ethnic intolerance. In approving the requirement, the faculty of the College made the following statements:

Required content. All courses satisfying the requirement must provide discussion, consistent with disciplinary approaches, of:

  1. the meaning of race, ethnicity, and racism;
  2. racial and ethnic intolerance and resulting inequality as it occurs in the United States or elsewhere;
  3. comparisons of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, social class, or gender.

Required focus.

  1. Every course satisfying the requirement must devote substantial, but not
    necessarily exclusive, attention to the required content. Courses may meet this requirement by various means consistent with disciplines or fields of study, and faculty members from all departments are urged to think creatively about how their fields might contribute to the requirement.
  2. Although it is hoped that many of these courses will focus on the United States, it is not required that they do so. Courses that deal with these issues in other societies, or that study them comparatively, may also meet the requirement.

Students who are new to the College of LS&A (that is, first time enrolled as an LS&A student) in the Fall Term of 1991, and thereafter, must (in any term before graduation) receive credit for one of the approved Race and Ethnicity (R&E) courses. Each term's listing will vary as courses are added or deleted by the College of LS&A Curriculum Committee. The College offers several courses taught by a number of different departments each term. Although the list of courses that fulfill this requirement varies from term to term, all such courses are designed to give students exposure to questions focusing on the meaning of race and racism, racial and ethnic intolerance and resulting inequality, and comparisons with other types of discrimination.

The courses that have been granted blanket approval for meeting the requirement are:

Afroamerican and African Studies

303/Soc. 303. Race and Ethnic Relations. (4; 3 in the half-term). (SS).

448/Hist. 448. Africa Since 1850. (3). (SS).

American Culture

212. Introduction to Latino Studies Social Science. (3). (SS).

213. Introduction to Latino Studies Humanities. (3). (HU).

214. Introduction to Asian American Studies Social Science. (3). (SS).

215. Introduction to Asian American Studies Humanities. (3). (HU).

216. Introduction to Native American Studies Social Science. (3). (SS).

217. Introduction to Native American Studies Humanities. (3). (HU).

240/WS 240. Introduction to Women's Studies. (4; 3 in the half-term). (HU).

243/WS 243. Introduction to Study of Latinas in the U.S. (3). (HU).

312/Hist. 377. History of Latinos in the U.S. (3). (Excl).

399. Race, Racism, and Ethnicity. (4; 3 in the half-term). (SS).

Cultural Anthropology

101. Introduction to Anthropology. (4). (SS).

272/Ling. 272. Language in Society. (4). (SS).

History

377/Amer. Cult. 312. History of Latinos in the U.S. (3). (Excl).

448/CAAS 448. Africa Since 1850. (3). (SS).

Linguistics

272/Anthro. 272. Language in Society. (4). (SS).

Romance Languages and Literatures

French 469. African and Caribbean Literature. (3). (Excl).

Sociology

103. Introduction to Sociology Through Race and Ethnicity. (4; 3 in the half-term). (SS).

303/CAAS 303. Race and Ethnic Relations. (4; 3 in the half-term). (SS).

Women's Studies

240/Amer. Cult. 240. Introduction to Women's Studies. (4; 3 in the half-term). (HU).

243/Amer. Cult. 243. Introduction to Study of Latinas in the U.S. (3). (HU).

270. Women and the Law. (3). (SS).

Other courses are approved on a term-by-term basis. It is most important that you are careful to elect the section of the course taught by the faculty member whose name is listed with the course. Other sections of the course have not been approved to meet this requirement and may not be substituted. Courses meeting the R&E requirement may also help meet either distribution or concentration or composition requirements.

Advanced Placement credit can not be used to meet this requirement.

Fall Term, 1998 Race & Ethnicity Courses

updated 12/9/98

This list is subject to change by the College of LS&A Curriculum Committee.

Afroamerican and African Studies

303/Soc. 303. Race and Ethnic Relations. (4). (SS). (R&E).

American Culture

102. First Year Seminar in American Studies. (3). (SS).
Section 001 Politics and Culture of Race in Post-1945 United States.
(Countryman)
(**retroactive addition, October 11, 1999)

201. American Values. (4). (HU).
(Richard Cándida Smith)

212. Introduction to Latino Studies Social Science. (3). (SS). (R&E).

214. Introduction to Asian American Studies Social Science. (3). (SS). (R&E).

217. Introduction to Native American Studies Humanities. (3). (HU). (R&E).

240/WS 240. Introduction to Women's Studies. (4). (HU). (R&E).

309. Learning through Community Practice. (1-4). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL).
Section 001 Empowering Families and Communities. (4 credits).
(Jacqueline Mattis)

313/Anthro. 314. Cuba and its Diaspora. (4). (Excl).
(Behar)

324/Engl. 381. Asian American Literature. (3). (HU).
(Sumida)

342/Hist. 368/WS 360. History of the Family in the U.S. (4). (SS).
(Morantz-Sanchez)

351. Race and American Cinema. (4). (HU).
(De la Vega-Hurtado)

374/Hist. 374. The Politics and Culture of the "Sixties." (3). (SS).
(Matthew Countryman)

399. Race, Racism, and Ethnicity. (4). (SS).

Anthropology, Cultural

101. Introduction to Anthropology. (4). (SS). (R&E).

314/American Culture 313. Cuba and its Diaspora. (4). (Excl).
(Behar)

315. Native American Peoples of North America. (4). (SS).
(Bierwert)

416/Hist. 476. Latin America: The Colonial Period. (4). (SS).
(Frye)

447. Culture, Racism, and Human Nature. (3). (Excl).
(Williams)

474/Ling. 410. Language and Discrimination: Language as Social Statement. (3). (SS).
(Milroy)

Armenian Studies

274/AAPTIS 274. Armenia: Culture and Ethnicity. (3). (HU).
(Bardakjian)

English

230. Introduction to Short Story and Novel. (3). (HU).
Section 002 Exploring America.
(Colleen O'Brien)

270. Introduction to American Literature. (3). (HU).
Section 001 The American Experience.
(Kowalski)

319. Literature and Social Change. (3). (HU).
Section 001 U.S. Writers on the Left from the 1930s to the 1960s.
(Wald)

381/Amer. Cult. 324. Asian American Literature. (3). (HU).
Section 001 Asian American Literary History.
(Sumida)

History

196. First-Year Seminar. (3). (SS).
Section 002 - Gender, Race, and Class. (Morantz-Sanchez)
(**retroactive addition, September 16, 1999)

Section 005 Politics and Culture of Race in Post-1945 United States. (Countryman)
(**retroactive addition, October 11, 1999)

210/MARC 210. Early Middle Ages, 300-1100. (4). (SS).
(Squatriti)

320. Britain, 1901-1945: Culture and Politics. (3). (Excl).
(Israel)

368/Amer. Cult. 342/WS 360. History of the Family in the U.S. (4). (SS).
(Morantz-Sanchez)

374/American Culture 374. The Politics and Culture of the "Sixties." (3). (SS).
(Matthew Countryman)

476/Anthro. 416. Latin America: The Colonial Period. (4). (SS).
(Frye)

Honors, College

250. Sophomore Seminar. (3). (SS).
Section 002 Racism Underground: Hidden and Not So Hidden Prejudice inAmerica.
(Denise Sekaquaptewa)

INTEFLEX

100. First-Year Seminar. (4). (Introductory Composition).
Section 001 Medicine, Culture, and Creativity.
(Nerenberg)

**Retroactively added January 11, 2001.

Judaic Studies

296/HJCS 296/Rel. 296. Perspectives on the Holocaust. (4). (HU).
(Ginsburg)

373/HJCS 373. Israeli Culture and Society. (3). (SS).
(Bernstein)

Linguistics

410/Anthro. 474. Language and Discrimination: Language as Social Statement. (3). (SS).
(Milroy)

Medieval and Renaissance Collegium (MARC)

210/Hist. 210. Early Middle Ages, 300-1100. (4). (SS).
(Squatriti)

Near Eastern Studies

AAPTIS 274/Armenian 274. Armenia: Culture and Ethnicity. (3). (HU).
(Bardakjian)

HJCS 296/Judaic Studies 296/Rel. 296. Perspectives on the Holocaust. (4). (HU).
(Ginsburg)

HJCS 373/Judaic Studies 373. Israeli Culture and Society. (3). (SS).
(Bernstein)

Philosophy

355. Contemporary Moral Problems. (4). (HU).
(Railton)

455. Contemporary Moral Problems. (4). (Excl).
(Railton)

Psychology

120. First-Year Seminar in Psychology as a Social Science. (3). (SS).
Section 001 - I, Too, Sing America: Culture and Psychology.
(Behling)

Section 007 Diversity, Development, and Change on American Campuses. (Shari Saunders)

319. Empowering Families and Communities. (3). (Excl).
(Jacqueline Mattis)

501. Special Problems in Psychology as a Social Science. (1-4). (Excl).
Section 003 African American Women. (3 credits).
(Hunter)

Religion, Studies in

296/HJCS 296/Judaic Studies 296. Perspectives on the Holocaust. (4). (HU).
(Ginsburg)

Residential College

Core 100. (4). (Introductory Composition).
Section 002 Race and American Politics.
(Bright)
Section 008 On Listening to Holocaust Survivors.
(Greenspan)
Section 010 Writing About Cultural Communities, Ethnicity, and Imposed Categories.
(Larimore)
Section 013 Rethinking American History: The Asian American Experience.
(Nomura)

Humanities 317. The Writings of Latinas. (4). (HU).
(Moya-Raggio)

Romance Languages and Literatures

French 244. Issues in Race and Cultural Diversity in the Francophone World. (3). (HU).
(Ekotto)

Slavic Languages and Literatures

Slavic Surveys 150. First Year Seminar. (3). (HU).
Section 001 Cultural Diversity of Russia, Eastern Europe & Eurasia.
(Shevoroshkin)

Slavic Surveys 225. Arts and Cultures of Central Europe. (3). (HU).
(Carpenter, Toman, Eagle).

Sociology

105. First Year Seminar in Sociology. (3). (SS).
Section 001 Transforming America: Immigrants Then and Now.
(Pedraza)
Section 002 Intergroup Relations, Conflict, and Community Building. (Schoem)

303/CAAS 303. Race and Ethnic Relations. (4). (SS). (R&E).

University Courses

151. First-Year Social Science Seminar. (3). (SS).
Section 006 Race and Power in the Americas. (Skurski)
(**late addition, December 3, 1999)

Section 007 Medicine, Culture, and Creativity. (Nerenberg)

Women's Studies

240/Amer. Cult. 240. Introduction to Women's Studies. (4). (HU). (R&E).

270. Women and the Law. (3). (SS). (R&E).

346. African-American Women in Context. (3). (SS).
Section 001. (Hunter)

360/Hist. 368/Amer. Cult. 342. History of the Family in the U.S. (4). (SS).
(Morantz-Sanchez)

 

Natural Resources and Environment

492. Environmental Justice: Domestic and International. (3). (non-LS&A). (Bryant)

**While this course may be used to satisfy the R&E requirement, the course credits count as non-LS&A.

 

 


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