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|Professor:||L. Vetinde (French and Francophone Studies)|
|Associate professors:||A. Balsekar (Government), E. Carlson (Art and Art History), C. Daughtry (Anthropology, chair), S. Downing (Conservatory of Music), K. Hoffmann (English) (on leave term(s) III), L. Khor (English), B. Miller (Conservatory of Music) (on leave term(s) I), A. Ongiri (Jill Beck Director of Film Studies Professorship Film Studies Program), S. Purkey (Bee Connell Mielke Professor of Education Education)|
|Assistant professors:||J. Encarnacion (Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies Conservatory of Music), M. Range (English), J. Smith, B. Zinsli (Art and Art History)|
Ethnicity — that is, the identification with a group due to factors such as common language, customs, beliefs, religion, historical experience, kinship ties, and race — is increasingly becoming the challenge of the new century. Within the United States, race became, as W. E. B. DuBois had predicted, perhaps the central problem of the 20th century, and the influx of immigrants of various ethnic groups has continually complicated the socioeconomic landscape. Contemporary international conflicts often take the form of ethnic conflicts.
This interdisciplinary minor explores topics such as the meaning of ethnicity and race; the impact of ideas about ethnicity and race; and the definition, experience, and interactions of ethnic groups. The curriculum is guided by a variety of questions, including the following: Is our identity determined by our biology? How much of our identity is socially constructed? How do ideas about ethnicity and race affect our sense of identity? Is there a significant difference between ethnicity and race? How do individuals come to understand and to express their ethnic identity? How do the experiences of ethnic groups in the United States compare to those in other areas of the world? What are the political, economic, and social consequences of one’s racial or ethnic identity? Do these consequences change through time and place? How can we promote better relationships among racial and ethnic groups, in the United States and abroad?
Students may elect to enter the program through one of two interdisciplinary courses, one emphasizing the social sciences and humanities (ETST 200), the other emphasizing the fine arts and humanities (ETST 210).
Required for the minor in ethnic studies
- One of the two core courses:
- ETST 200: Race and Ethnicity in the United States
- ETST 210: Expressions of Ethnicity
- Four additional courses, at least one from each of two categories—domestic and global—and representing course work from at least two different departments. No more than two courses may count toward the student's major. A student may choose to do the second core course as one of the electives.
Domestic: courses that focus on the experience of a major ethnic group in the United States or on relations among ethnic groups in the United States. Examples include but are not limited to:
- ETST 222: History of the American West
- ETST 240: Sociology of Education
- ETST 241: Ethnicity, Cultural Diversity, and Education
- ETST 321: Race Relations in the United States, 1865-Present
- ETST 330: Indians of North America
- ETST 360: Survey of African American Literature
- ETST 380/381: "Ideal Immigrants"? The German Experience in America
- ETST 420: The American Civil War
- ETST 430: American Indians on Film
- ETST 561: Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
Global: courses that focus on the experience of ethnicity and relations among ethnic groups outside the United States or comparative courses that include both the United States and other parts of the world. Examples include but are not limited to:
- ETST 121: Traditional East Asian Civilization
- ETST 221: Europe in the Age of Nationalism, World War, and Totalitarianism, 1851-1990
- ETST 223: Nationalism In Modern History
- ETST 230: Ethnography of Sub-Saharan Africa
- ETST 251: Immigration and Refugees: Changing the Face of Europe
- ETST 320: Empire and Nation in Russian History
- ETST 322: Modern Japanese History
- ETST 325: Ethnicity in Latin America
- ETST 332: Ethnography of the Middle East and North Africa
- ETST 334: Race and Ethnicity in East Africa
- ETST 382: The Literature and Culture of Ethnic Minorities in Germany
- ETST 480: Latin American Civilization and Culture
- ETST 481: Spanish Civilization and Culture
- ETST 560: Contemporary British and Post-Colonial Fiction
- ETST 583: Hispanic Issues
- ETST 584: Black Cultural Nationalisms
Courses cross-listed in ethnic studies will count toward completion of the minor whether students register for them using the program's designation (ETST) or an individual department's designation.
- C average in the minor
Senior Experience in Ethnic Studies
Students must choose one of the five following options in consultation with the program’s steering board:
- ETST 695: Ethnic Studies Field Experience Includes work in the community, such as tutoring on the Oneida Reservation, accompanied by a written reflection on the experience. Must be supervised by an Ethnic Studies faculty member.
- Upper-level independent study in Ethnic Studies for at least three units, supervised by an Ethnic Studies faculty member
- Participation in the ACM Urban Studies program. Students are required to submit a written reflection on an aspect of the program that directly relates to issues of race and/or ethnicity.
- EDUC 565: Methods, Materials, and Assessment in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
- Student teaching in an ethnically diverse K-12 classroom or program. Students are requested to submit a written reflection on an aspect of the experience that directly relates to issues of race and/or ethnicity.
Courses - Ethnic Studies
ETST 110: Introduction to Ethnic StudiesIntroducing interdisciplinary approaches to the study of race and ethnicity in mostly U.S. history and contemporary social issues. Topics including the emergence of ethnic studies as an interdisciplianary field; racial and ethnic formations in relation to colonization, slavery and migration; immigration; and resistance and social movements. Students learn through lecture/discussion with papers, presentations and exams.
ETST 120: Modern Africa Since 1800The history of Africa from the end of the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the present. We will discuss the effects of abolition on Africa, the nature of pre-colonial African societies on the eve of conquest, the European "Scramble for Africa," the colonial era, African nationalism and decolonization, and the post-colonial period. Themes will cover social, political, economic, and religious history.
ETST 121: Traditional East Asian CivilizationAn introductory survey of East Asia from the dawn of indigenous civilization to the 16th century. Focus on the growth of a Sinitic center and its interaction with the sedentary and nomadic peoples on its Inner Asian and Pacific rims. Emphasis on the diverse peoples and societies of the area and the historical processes that bound them together through a common tradition.
ETST 136: American Indian History 1830 to the PresentThis is an introductory survey exploring American Indian history from the removal era to the present. This course explores the social, political, and economic challenges Native people faced as a result of American expansion and colonialism. It focuses on the ways in which American Indian communities transformed in response to these changes, as well as their persistence and integrity as tribal nations in the present.
ETST 191: Directed Study in Ethnic StudiesDirected study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
ETST 195: Internship in Ethnic StudiesPractical experience working with diverse population, focused on volunteer, policy, or advocacy work. For example, students might volunteer to tutor youth in ethnically diverse educational programs, or work with a local immigrant relocation agency. Students work for 5-10 hours a week, depending on the amount of credit being earned, meet periodically with the instructor, and submit a written reflection connecting the experience to their academic work in Ethnic Studies. The academic component of the internship includes readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty supervisor, and a written report appropriate to the discipline. Course grades are based on this academic work.
ETST 200: Race and Ethnicity in the United StatesAn interdisciplinary study of race and ethnicity in the United States. The course examines the development of racial and ethnic categorization; patterns of stratification; and the role of political, cultural, and economic forces in shaping ideas about race and ethnicity. The course will explore the social consequences of race and ethnicity with particular attention to racial and ethnic tolerance, discrimination, and institutional racism. The Civil Rights Movement, affirmative action, and immigration policies will be analyzed, as well as connections between ethnic stratification, class, and gender. Other topics will vary from term to term.
ETST 210: Expressions of EthnicityAn introductory course in which film, theatre, literature, visual arts, and music are analyzed in an effort to explore the many ways in which ethnicity is expressed, reflected, and constructed in American culture. Issues of identity, authenticity, impersonation, commodification, stereotypes, integration, and audience will be raised.
ETST 220: Atlantic Slave TradeAn examination of the Atlantic trade in enslaved Africans from its beginning in the 15th century to its eventual abolition in the 19th century. Topics include ideas of slavery in Europe and Africa; the development of the Atlantic trade; the economic, social, political, and religious effects of the slave trade in Africa and the Americas; the rise of racism; abolition and its aftermath.
ETST 221: Europe in the Age of Nationalism, World War, and Totalitarianism, 1851-1990An examination of European history from the Age of National Unification through the collapse of the Soviet Empire. Topics include imperialism, the two World Wars, the Russian Revolution, fascism, totalitarianism, mass nationalism, and the reemergence of eastern and central Europe.
ETST 222: History of the American WestThis course examines realities and images of the frontier/western experience from exploration and settlement of North America through the present. Included are native and immigrant groups, technology, transportation, agriculture, mining, and urbanization, as well as effects of the frontier on national character.
ETST 223: Nationalism in Modern HistoryAn examination of the idea and the reality of nationalism in modern history. Among the questions we will ask are: Is nationalism a modern phenomenon, or does it have pre-modern origins? Is it compatible with democracy and human rights or fundamentally hostile to them? Is it primarily a European phenomenon transplanted to other places, or are there indigenous roots of nationalism throughout the world? We will attempt to answer these questions by reading theoretical works on nationalism from a variety of disciplines and by examining historical case studies.
ETST 224: Introduction to Judaism: Canon, Thought, PracticeThe oldest monotheistic religion, studied through its classic texts (including the Bible, Talmud, Maimonides, the Zohar and much more). Readings of the modern era will highlight the shift from a religion to a national/ethnic identity. In addition, key terms of the Jewish cycle of life will be introduced.
ETST 226: Identity Politics and Ethnic ConflictAre conflicts between identity groups inevitable? Why do outbreaks of violence and ethnic conflict occur when they do? How have governments dealt with diversity and with what consequences? Students will read both new and classic works from the literature on nationalism, identity politics, genocide and post-conflict resolution across the world.
ETST 272: Social Psychology of PrejudiceA lecture course exploring social psychology through the lens of research and theory on prejudice and discrimination. What are prejudice's causes, consequences, and cures? We will examine theories related to personality, emotion, cognition, and perception that help to explain generalized and specific prejudices (e.g., sexism/heterosexism, racism, ethnocentrism, anti-Semitism). Students will be assessed through exams and papers. Intended as an alternative to PSYC 270.
ETST 280: Survey of Postcolonial LiteratureAn introduction to major postcolonial works in their literary, historical, and cultural contexts. Readings include novels by African, Asian, and Caribbean authors such as Chinua Achebe, Salman Rushdie, and Jean Rhys.
ETST 290: African-American ArtBeginning with the late eighteenth century and concluding with art today, this course examines African-American history through visual culture. We will examine how race relations in the United States were and are constructed through an examination of painting, sculpture, public monuments, photography, advertising, and performance.
ETST 300: Strong Nations: Perspectives of Contemporary Native American WomenAn interdisciplinary examination of issues facing Native American women today. This course explores the ways gender, race and ethnicity shape identity as well as narrative constructions of nation in regional contexts. Readings by contemporary indigenous women authors, with field trips to federally recognized tribal lands and discussion with Native American women leaders, activists, scholars, musicians, artists and business leaders from a variety of nations.
ETST 301: Theories of Race and EthnicityThis seminar examines and critiques prominent theories/theorists of race and ethnicity. We review the origins of the concept of race and discuss both the biological myth and social reality of race. We survey primordialist, constructivist, assimilationist, and conflict theories of race and ethnicity; structural, intersectional, culturalist and critical approaches; and the re-emergence of biological theories of race in the genomic age.
ETST 302: Research Methods in Ethnic StudiesAn introduction to a variety of methodological ways of investigating our social world. We focus on applied (or public) ways of conducting research that explicitly inform social policy, programs, and practice on issues related to race and ethnicity. We work in collaborative research environments, understanding how research can be conducted both for the sake of research and to improve the lives of people.
ETST 310: Topics in Ethnic StudiesAn explanation of a particular topic in ethnic studies. Topics may pertain to an issue or debate, a specific ethno-racial community, a geographic area, or a historical time period. The specific topic investigated changes each year or varies by term. May be repeated when topic is different.
Topic for Fall 2017: Race and Ethnicity in Graphic Novels and Journalism
Topic for Spring 2018: Black Cultural Tourism
ETST 315: Introduction to the Art Museum: History, Issues, and PracticesIntroduction to art museums and exhibitions as objects of critical inquiry, and to issues and practices in the art museum field. Topics will include: history and evolution of collecting and display; museum exhibitions and knowledge formation; collection practices and ethics; exhibition theory and design; controversies, institutional critique, and the artist-as-curator.
ETST 318: Race and ReligionThis course examines how religious cultures and discourses contributed to the emergence of the concept of race, racial classification, and processes of 'racialization'; how biblical interpretation both justified and contested the transatlantic slave trade; and how anti-Black racism relates to anti-Semitism. The course examines the history of doctrines on indigenous peoples, race science, and exploitation, and the dynamics of race and ethnicity in Israel and Palestine. Lecture/discussion with final paper.
ETST 320: Empire and Nation in Russian HistoryThe course examines the history of ethnically diverse territories referred to as “Russia” from early modern times to 1991. Themes include the formation of the Russian empire, its transformation into the Soviet Union, and its partial collapse in 1991; the meaning of “empire,” “nation,” and “ethnicity”in historical context; and the interaction of Russians with non-Russian peoples in Ukraine, the Baltic States, Central Asia, and the Caucasus.
ETST 325: Ethnicity in Latin AmericaExplores the coming together of distinct Native, African, and European ethnicities in Latin America, and the resulting creation of new ethnicities. We examine how race has been understood in Latin American history and how attitudes toward race have fundamentally shaped the history of the region.
ETST 330: Indians of North AmericaA cultural study of the Indians of North America, including examination of the impact of European ideas and technology on Indian societies. Emphasis on environmental adaptations, levels of social and cultural complexity, problems of historical interpretation, and the methods and theories of ethnology and their applications to North American cultures.
ETST 332: Ethnography of the Middle East and North AfricaIntroduction to the peoples and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, an area of tremendous cultural, religious, linguistic, and economic diversity. Focus on the nature of ethnography as a research method and key areas of inquiry that have concerned anthropologists working in Arab and Muslim societies. Topics include social organization, tribalism, colonialism, gender, religion, nationalism, ethnic and religious minorities, and the politics of identity.
ETST 335: Anthropology of South AsiaIntroduces the complexity of South Asian society and culture through the study of ethnographies of gender, religious life, kinship, social organization, and economy in the colonial and post-colonial periods.
ETST 336: Decolonization, Activism and Hope: Changing the Way We See Native AmericaThis course explores the damaging effects of colonization and colonial patterns of representation on Native American people throughout history. It calls on students to produce creative interdisciplinary projects that engage with the community and offer more accurate, better-informed representations of Native American culture in the United States. Seminar/studio with readings by significant Native American authors and field trips to federally recognized tribal lands.
ETST 340: Sociology of EducationAn examination of the social foundations of education in the United States with particular attention paid to the cultural, political, and economic functions of education in modern society. Other topics include the reproductive function of schooling in a society divided along lines of race/ethnicity and class, schools as sites of cultural production, and the historical tension in the U.S. between “equality” and “excellence” in education. Practicum of 20 hours required.
ETST 341: Human VariationA survey of human biological variation and adaptation. Topics include the geographic distribution of human variation; evolutionary approaches to understanding human diversity; historic and modern concepts of race and ethnicity; human biological adaptations to disease, climate, poverty, and other stressors; and the genetics of simple and complex traits.
ETST 352: Ethnicity, Cultural Diversity, and EducationA study of the experience of children and adolescents from different ethnic, cultural, and economic groups. Emphasis on understanding the social consequences of these differences and how such differences affect educational achievement and attainment. The sources and educational effects of individual, institutional, and systemic racism, sexism, and other forms of prejudice and discrimination will also be examined. Practicum of 20 hours required.
ETST 360: African American WritersA survey of African American literature from slave narratives through contemporary literature. Readings include works by Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Amiri Baraka, Audre Lorde, and Toni Morrison.
ETST 365: Black and Latin@ SociologyThrough lecture and discussion, this course compares and contrasts the diverse experiences of Blacks and Latin@ in the United States. Some topics include historical background, racial and ethnic formation, systemic racism, discrimination immigration, racial/class/gender and sexuality intersections, language discrimination and group conflict and cooperation. Students will review critically important literature, do weekly assignments and submit a final project.
ETST 370: Sociology of the U.S./Mexican BorderThis lecture and discussion course introduces sociological understandings of the U.S./Mexico border. More than a geographical divide, the border has a power and a force that structures and patterns human behavior, identity, and belonging for people who live near it, cross it, locate it in their memory, and see its effects on their family and friends. Students test understandings through presentations, exams and final projects.
ETST 375: Arab-American ExperiencesThe aim of this course is to look at the history of Arab-American experience through literature, literary theory, and pop-culture. This course will chronicle the history and development of Arab experiences in the U. S. over a century (1880s-present). The course will also employ an interdisciplinary approach to examine the immigrants' contributions, self-view, challenges, and society's views of them.
ETST 382: Migrants and German CultureDespite a long-term refusal to open itself to immigration, Germany has become a nation of immigrants and asylum-seekers. The course focuses on how both literature and films, including works by and about minorities in Germany, have dealt with key cultural phenomena: multiculturalism, diversity, acculturation, assimilation, “majority culture,” and parallel societies.
ETST 391: Directed Study in Ethnic StudiesDirected study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
ETST 395: Internship in Ethnic StudiesPractical experience working with diverse population, focused on volunteer, policy, or advocacy work. For example, students might volunteer to tutor youth in ethnically diverse educational programs, or work with a local immigrant relocation agency. Students work for 5-10 hours a week, depending on the amount of credit being earned, meet periodically with the instructor, and submit a written reflection connecting the experience to their academic work in Ethnic Studies. The academic component of the internship includes readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty supervisor, and a written report appropriate to the discipline. Course grades are based on this academic work.
ETST 399: Independent Study in Ethnic Studies
ETST 401: Sociology of Black AmericansThis course examines sociological perspectives as they pertain to Black Americans. we will explore the nexus between historical and contemporary situations of African Americans in the United States in an attempt to unearth the various ways in which these strands of thought intersect at both individual and institutional levels. Readings, group projects, final exam and project.
ETST 407: Spanish in the U.S.A first approach to the study of Spanish in the United States through different lenses, including (but not limited to) the history of Spanish and its speakers in the U.S., a demographic overview of its varieties, sociopolitical factors surrounding its use, linguistic phenomena resulting from contact with English, and educational approaches to learning Spanish as a heritage language. Written assignments and exams.
ETST 410: Advanced Topics in Ethnic StudiesAn in-depth investigation of a particular topic in Ethnic Studies. Topics may pertain to an issue or debate, a specific ethno-racial community, a geographic area, or a historical time period. The specific topic investigated changes each year or varies by term. May be repeated for credit when topic is different.
Topic for Spring 2018: West(s) and the Rest?: Transnational Feminisms and Globalizations
How do feminist discourses change and get changed by globalization? This seminar analyzes intersectionality in testimonies and fictions of globalization (from postsocialist eastern Europe, Asia, and other areas). These texts (new media, performance, documentary, prose, poetry) remain marked by political ideologies aimed toward utopias defined against a capitalist West. In discussions, presentations, and essays, students will critique power structures in transnational texts in an effort to imagine better shared worlds.