2020-21 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, Associate Professor, Department of History and Political Science, leroy.rowe@maine.edu or Lance Gibbs, Professor of Race and Ethnic Studies, lance.gibbs@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
HTY 143 Native America History, 1450-2000
HTY 144 Indigenous Peoples in the Atlantic World
HTY 171 Traditional East Asia
HTY 172 Modern East Asia
ENG 145 Topics in Literature: Black Writing Matters
EYE 199 Introduction to Race
RCE 100 Introduction to Race and Ethnic Studies
ANT 102 Biological Anthropology
MUH 105 Multi-Cultural Perspectives of American Popular Music and Jazz
MUS 103 Introduction to Jazz  


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
HTY 394 Topics in History: Black Girls and Women in History and Culture
HTY 394 Topics in History: Race and Slavery in the Roman Empire
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 352 Latino 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 410 Urban Outcomes and the City Politics of Portland
RCE 200 Introduction to Critical Race Theory
RCE 330 Perspectives on Father Involvement
SOC 327 Social Movements  
SOC 330 Sociology of the Family
SOC 365 Sociology of the Body  
SOC 371 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
SOC 380 Topics in Sociology: Immigrant Families and Communities
WGS 380 Politics of Difference