History Major

Minor in Race and Ethnic Studies

The Race and Ethnic Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program drawn from the humanities, social sciences, and the arts that is designed to familiarize students with the historical, social, intellectual, and cultural production of race and ethnicity.  Students will learn how constructions of ethnicity, race, and racism have changed over time, often in response to changes in the nature of work, family, gender and sexuality, and patterns of migration. Students in the program will develop skills in critical thinking and analysis, social theory, and writing. This academic pathway will help to prepare students for effective citizenship and work in an increasingly diverse world.

Questions about the minor can be directed to Leroy Rowe, Assistant Professor, Department of History and Political Science, leroy.rowe@maine.edu

The minor consists of six courses (18 credits)  

*No more than six credits used to satisfy the requirements of a student’s major can count towards the Race and Ethnic Studies minor. 

*Students must earn a C- or better in each course in order for the course to count towards the minor.

I. Students must choose two (2) 100-level courses from the list below.  Courses must come from two different departments/programs.  

   HON 101 Race, Reflection and Reality
   HTY 141 African American History to 1865
   HTY 142 African American History since 1865
   ENG 145 Topics in Literature: Black Writing Matters
   ANT 102 Biological Anthropology
   MUH 105 Multi-Cultural Perspectives of American Popular Music and Jazz
   MUS 103 Introduction to Jazz  
   SOC 150 Social Networks and the Value of Diversity

II. Students must take four (4) classes at the 200-level or above, selected from the following list of courses.  Students must take classes from at least two different prefixes when completing the electives (e.g. HTY and ENG, etc.)

   ANT 220 Indigenous Studies of North America
   ANT 255 Cultures of Africa  
   ANT 380/HTY 394 African-American Historical Archaeology  
   ARH 310 Art History: Cross-Cultural Perspectives  
   ARH 325 American Art  
   CMS 210 Topics in Media Criticism: Race, Class and Gender in Media  
   CMS 290 Intercultural Communication  
   CRM 365 Race and Punishment  
   EDU 305 Foundations of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity  
   ENG 345 Racial Formations  
   ENG 348 Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies: Slavery and Public History  
   ENG 383 Studies in African-American Literature and Culture  
   ENG 385 Studies in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture
   GEO 455 Gender, ‘Race,’ and Class in the City  
   HTY 334 The Holocaust: Policy, Practice, Response  
   HTY 335 Genocide in Our Time  
   HTY 345 African Americans and American Justice  
   HTY 346 The Civil Rights Movement  
   HTY 347 Race and the Politics of Mass Incarceration
   HTY 356 Civil War and Reconstruction  
   HTY 357 The Gilded Age in America, 1869-1898  
   HTY 364 History of Women in the United States  
   HTY 375 History of American Popular Culture  
   HTY 394 Topics in History: Immigration History
   PHI 245 Africa, Social Justice, and Exile  
   PHI 312 Morality in African Literature and Film  
   POS 334 Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Politics  
   POS 354 African Americans and American Justice  
   POS 355 Race and the Politics of Mass Incarceration
   POS 392 American Political Thought I  
   POS 393 American Political Thought II  
   POS 380 Topics in Political Science: Latino Politics  
   SOC 327 Social Movements  
   SOC 365 Sociology of the Body  
   WGS 380 Politics of Difference