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Ethnic Studies

Drawing upon its own interdisciplinary 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

  1. One of the two core courses:
    • ETST 200: Race and Ethnicity in the United States
    • ETST 210: Expressions of Ethnicity
  2. 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.
    1. 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. The following are just a few examples of courses that have met this requirement:
      • ETST 240: Sociology of Education
      • ETST 353: Ethnicity, Cultural Diversity, and Education
      • ETST 360: Survey of African American Literature
      • ETST 380/381: "Ideal Immigrants"? The German Experience in America
      • ETST 420: The American Civil War
      • ETST 425: Black, Brown and Queer on Film
      • ETST 561: Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
    2. 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. The following are just a few examples of courses that have met this requirement:
      • ETST 221: Europe in the Age of Nationalism, World War, and Totalitarianism, 1851-1990
      • ETST 226: Identity Politics and Ethnic Conflict
      • ETST 251: Immigration and Refugees: Changing the Face of Europe
      • ETST 325: Ethnicity in Latin America
      • ETST 382: The Literature and Culture of Ethnic Minorities in Germany
      • 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.
  3. C average in the minor

Senior Experience in Ethnic Studies

A capstone experience mentored or approved by an ethnic studies advisor is required. Students may choose one of the following five options:

  • ETST 695: Ethnic Studies Field Experience accompanied by a written reflection
  • Upper-level independent studies in Ethnic Studies (ETST 599 or 699)
  • Participation in the ACM Urban Studies program accompanied by a written reflection
  • EDUC 595: Methods, Materials and Assessments in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Student teaching in an ethnically diverse K–12 classroom or program


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