2016-17 Catalogs

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 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 Interdisciplinarity: 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/HTY 347 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