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Ethnic Studies (EST)
Advisor: Alfrieta Monagan
The Ethnic Studies Program and the courses that make up its offerings
address questions of ethnic identity and relations among ethnic groups
and is supervised by a faculty committee composed of the course
instructors. Courses include comparison of specific ethnic groups in
their cultural contexts. Students may develop an interdisciplinary major
in Ethnic Studies by following the recommendations given below, and
filing with the Registrar a Contract for an Interdisciplinary
Major. See Index. Interdisciplinary Major.
- EST 123. This course should be taken as early as possible.
- Four core courses: ANT 101 (Cultural Anthropology), EDU 240 (Human Relations), REL 222 (Religions of the World), and SOC 348 (Race and Ethnic Relations).
- At least four courses chosen from the following:
ANT 202 (Indigenous Peoples and Cultures of North America),
206 (West Indian People and Culture),
208 (Cross-Cultural Love and Family),
275 (The Black Woman in America);
ART 202 (Ceramics, when taught in Mexico),
261 (Topics in Non-Western Art),
263 (African Art and the Diaspora),
266 (Art of the Native Peoples of North America);
ENG 351 (African-American Literature),
367 (Multicultural Literature);
HIS 116 (Introductory Seminar in History, when the topic is ``The Holocaust''),
251 (Federal Indian Policy),
255 (American Lives, when the topic is ``African-Americans''),
350 (Colonial America),
354 (United States Social History Since 1940),
356 (African-Americans in U.S. History),
357 (Seminar in American History, when the topic is ``Japanese-Americans'');
MUS 220 (Jazz History);
PHI 301 (Asian Philosophy);
POL 335 (Seminar in International Relations and Comparative Government, when the topic is ``Ethnicity and Ethnic Conflicts in Today's World''),
361 (Race, Sex, and the Constitution),
367 (Urban Politics);
PSY 276 (Multicultural Psychology);
REL 342 (Judaism);
RUS 281 (Introduction to Russian Culture and Civilization);
SOC 248 (Contemporary Native Americans),
343 (Women: Oppressions and Resistances),
376 (Civil Rights and Western Racism); and
SPA 385 (Latin American Culture and Civilization).
Similar courses, if approved beforehand by the Ethnic Studies Advisor,
may also be included in Category III. Students are encouraged to develop
individual projects in Ethnic Studies and to participate in relevant
study-abroad programs (see for example course number 988
below). To count such projects or programs toward an interdisciplinary
major in Ethnic Studies, students must obtain in advance the approval of
the Ethnic Studies Advisor.
123. Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Examination of the meaning of ethnicity, race, and minority status. The relationship between race, class, and ethnicity. The psychology of prejudice. Structural discrimination. The evolution of ethnic interactions. The course is interdisciplinary in method and cross-cultural in perspective.
280/380. Internship: see Courses 280/380.
290/390. Individual Project: see Courses 290/390.
988. There are nine semester-long programs run by the School
for International Training which have an emphasis on ethnicity. They are
located in Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Germany, Ghana (2), India
(Tibetan Studies), and Mali. See School for
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