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Drawing upon its own inter-disciplinary body of theory, concepts and methodological approaches, Ethnic Studies at Lawrence provides intellectual environments in which students can participate in meaningful dialogue about topics too often shrouded in silence. Ethnic Studies appeals to students who want to explore the evolution of ethno-racial identities in both U.S. domestic and global contexts, and examine current issues pertaining to race and ethnicity. Students take Ethnic Studies courses to enhance their own ability to negotiate multi-ethnic and inter-racial relationships and to thrive in workplace diversity. Students broaden their own worldview when they study concepts of ethnicity and learn what it means to identify with an ethnic group on the basis of national origin, family heritage, shared historical experience, customs and traditions, and/or language. Students think critically about the concept of race when they explore how race is a recent human invention, how race is about culture and politics and not biology, and how race and racism are still embedded in institutions and everyday life.
The Ethnic Studies minor at Lawrence offers two core courses that introduce students to theory, concepts and approaches from the social sciences (ETST 200: Race and Ethnicity in the United States) and the arts and humanities (ETST 210 Expressions of Ethnicity). Students take at least one of the two core courses and four additional elective courses, at least one from each of two categories — domestic and global — to build a minor that reflects individual student interests in certain topics or current debates, specific ethno-racial communities, geographic areas, or historical time periods. In a senior capstone requirement, students may choose from a range of options designed to bring reflection and focus to their Ethnic Studies experience.
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. A student may choose to do the second core course as one of the electives. No more than two courses used for the minor may count towards the student's major, and no more than two courses may be taken from one department.
- 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.