Effective Fall 2014


“Ethnic studies” references ethnic, under-represented communities in the United States and their diaspora affiliations overseas. It includes, but is not limited to African American, Arab American, Asian/Pacific Islander American, Latino/a, and Native American communities. The scope of this minor includes the dramatic literature of these American communities and embraces global literature and performance practices that are in dialogues with these communities.

The goal of this minor is to introduce students to literature and performance histories of diverse cultures and to use studio practice to develop proficiency in creating new work from diverse cultural perspectives. The minor is designed for humanities students, arts students, and other students interested in performance practice (music, theatre, dance, or dramatic literature) based upon diverse cultural perspectives, and provides experience in non-western performance practice, playmaking, and theatre studies.

By completing this minor, students will develop skills in text analysis, historical/cultural research, critical thought and public performance. In addition, they will learn how performance practices can be used to critically interrogate global histories and social structures.

Students will learn:

  • To research and articulate (through writing and performance) multicultural and intercultural performance histories.
  • To read and analyze theatrical works emerging from diverse cultural contexts.
  • To perform and create new dramatic works that represent diverse cultural perspectives
  • To organize, networks, and interact with diverse cultural communities around performing arts practice.

Advising. Students must develop a plan for the minor in consultation with the advisor, Professor Anita Gonzalez, Department of Theatre & Drama (School of Music, Theatre & Dance).

Prerequisites to the Minor


Requirements for the Minor

At least 5 courses and 15 credits chosen from the following categories as stated

  1. Core courses:
    1. Introductory Survey: THTREMUS 222 — Introduction to Global Theatre and Ethnic Studies
    2. Introductory Studio Practice: THTREMUS 233 — Modern Rituals/Traditional Practices
  2. Capstone Community Engagement course:
    • THTREMUS 324 — Global Communities Practicum

    • OR
    • Through performance practice with any one of the following courses:
      • RCHUMS 334 — Special Topics in the Humanities, section titled “Community Empowerment through the Arts”
      • RCCORE 301 — Community Based Internship — Semester in Detroit
      • ARTDES 312 — Arts Workshops in Prisons
      • or an approved GIEU program with immersive performance experiences

  3. Electives. One course in each of the following categories:
    1. Dramatic Performance Literature. These courses expand and deepen student knowledge of global or ethnic performance literatures.
      • THTREMUS 325 — Contemporary American Theatre and Drama
      • THTREMUS 326 — Intercultural Drama
      • THTREMUS 328 — Theater of Politics
      • ENGLISH 311 — Theater of Politics
      • ASIAN 356 — Contemporary Chinese Performance Culture
      • ASIAN 373 — The Performing Arts in South and Southeast Asia
      • ITALIAN 471 — Italian Theatre
      • POLISH 214 / REEES 214 — Rock Poetry and Political Protest in Poland
      • REEES 214 / POLISH 214 — Rock Poetry and Political Protest in Poland
      • RUSSIAN 463 — Chekhov
      • RCHUMS 373 — The Performing Arts in South and Southeast Asia
      • SPANISH 425 — Latin-American Theatre
      • SPANISH 468 — Modern Spanish Theatre
    2. Studio Electives. One of the following:
      • THTREMUS 332 — Performing Archives and Oral Histories
      • THTREMUS 340 — Devising Theatre
      • THTREMUS 440 — Special Topics in African American Theatre
      • DANCE 348 — Africanist Traditions, section titled “African Dance Traditions: From Minstrelsy to Hip Hop”
      • DANCE 342 — Topics in World Dance
      • AAS 358 — Topics in Black World Studies, section titled “African Dance Traditions: From Minstrelsy to Hip Hop”
      • RCHUMS 235 — Topics in World Dance
      • RCLANG 321 — Readings in German, section titled “Deutsches Theatre Play Production Seminar”
      • RCHUMS 334 Special Topics, section titled “Cultures in Dialogue”

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