2019-2020 Academic Catalog

Race and Ethnic Studies Program

This interdisciplinary academic program focuses on developing students' intercultural competencies through the lens of race, ethnicity, and social justice. The goal of the program is to cultivate the intersectional thinking necessary to address systemic differences in power in order to pursue equity, inclusion, and forward the University’s mission of serving the common good. 

Race and Ethnic Studies Committee

Tom Morgan (English), Director
Amin (History, Alumni Chair in the Humanities), Burnley (Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion), Cox (Music), Damasco (University Libraries), Graham (Associate Dean of Students and Office of Multicultural Affairs Executive Director), James (Philosophy, Women and Gender Studies Director, Keen (Director of Assessment and Student-Centered Analytics), Picca (Sociology, Roesch Chair in the Social Sciences), and Velasquez (Philosophy)

Minors:

Minor in Africana Studies (AFS)

The Africana studies minor offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the peoples of Africa and African descendants in the Americas, Africa, and throughout the diaspora. Through its courses, the minor encourages service at the local, national, and international level. The minor prepares distinctive graduates to develop and use analytical skills and approaches to understand historical and contemporary issues associated with the experience of Africans and African descendants. The minor is interdisciplinary and structured to incorporate teaching and research methodologies and materials from disciplines in the College of Arts and Sciences and other schools throughout the University.

The Africana studies minor requires 15 semester hours. It must include one approved "Special Topics" or "Independent Study" course from an appropriate discipline and 12 semester hours in upper division courses (300-level or above) from a minimum of three different disciplines.

Africana Studies
Select four courses from at least three different disciplines:12
Educating Diverse Student Populations in Inclusive Settings
African American Literature
History of Africa I: Pre-history to the 19th Century
History of Africa - 19th Century to the Present
History of the Caribbean
The Atlantic World, 1492-1800
African American History before 1877
History of Blacks in the United States Since 1900
Seminar in African History
African-American Sacred Music
History of American Jazz
Ensembles
African Philosophy
Race, Gender and Philosophy
African-American Religion
Racial & Ethnic Relations
Select one special topics course from:3
Special Topics in Music
Special Topics
Special Problems
Special topics or independent studies course approved by committee
Total Hours15

Minor in Race and Social Justice (RSJ)

The Race and Social Justice minor is designed to develop students’ intercultural competencies by focusing primarily on the experiences of American-based domestic racial and ethnic populations. By giving students the awareness, context, and theory necessary to help them engage racial issues in a thoughtful and respectful manner, students will develop an understanding of systemic impact of race on American life, as well as the way race functions as a social construct, one directly connected to systems of power and privilege. This knowledge will allow students to better incorporate race into the larger social justice mission of the Marianist charism, and to also better value the diversity of cultural experiences that make up American life. 

The minor consists of 15 semester hours, 9 of which will come from completing one course that fulfills each of the following three SLOs, with the remaining 6 credits being electives of their choice.

SLO 1 Awareness: Demonstrating the critical vocabulary necessary to discuss race, gender, sexuality, and other intersectional dimensions of difference in a productive and respectful manner in conjunction with the cultural, social, and historical contexts producing these conditions.

SLO 2 Context: Understanding the specific issues facing different non-dominant groups, and exploring the way race influences ways of being and living in the world while also understanding the way that intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, etc. complicate assumptions of race, both experientially and abstractly.

SLO 3 Theory: Learning the theories and methods of different academic disciplines in regards to race and racial thought as a means to understand the way systemic racial inequity functions across the entire spectrum of human activity, be it socially, politically, economically, or historically, to name but a few

Student Learning Outcomes
Awareness (select one course from the following)3
Introduction to Human Rights
African American History before 1877
Latin American Art
Educating Diverse Student Populations in Inclusive Settings
Context (select one course from the following)3
US Latina/Latino Literature
Liberation Theologies
Understanding Sacred Music & Worship in the Local Church
Criminal Justice Ethics
Theory (select one course from the following)3
Race, Gender and Philosophy
Racial & Ethnic Relations
Gender, Women’s Rights and Global Politics
Electives (choose 6 credits from the following)6
Criminal Justice Ethics
Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
Educating Diverse Student Populations in Inclusive Settings
African American Literature
American Indian Literature
Asian-American Literature
Literature & Human Rights
US Latina/Latino Literature
Introduction to Human Rights
Native American History
African American History before 1877
History of Blacks in the United States Since 1900
African-American Sacred Music
Understanding Sacred Music & Worship in the Local Church
Hip Hop and Philosophy
Race, Gender and Philosophy
Afro-Caribbean Philosophy
Philosophy & Cultural Diversity
Politics of Human Rights
Gender, Women’s Rights and Global Politics
Latino/Latina Religious Experiences
African-American Religion
Liberation Theologies
Racial & Ethnic Relations
Social Inequality
Social Justice & Dramatic Literature
History of Art and Activism
Latin American Art
Comparative Visual Culture in Film
Total Hours15