Minor in Race and Resistance Studies

The Race and Resistance Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that provides undergraduate students with an approach to social justice to study race as a politically produced and contested process that begins with institutions, movements, and social problems, to examine racialized communities. The curriculum examines how race, gender, and class are co-constitutive factors of identity; how different groups are racialized in relation to one another; how social justice movements cohere and fall apart; and how groups have formed their own identities. The Race and Resistance Studies minor provides students with non-traditional, multi-ethnic, and comparative perspectives on national and transnational experiences of people of color within the U.S.

Race and Resistance Studies, Minor — 19 - 21 units

The minor consists of 19 to 21 credits of undergraduate study.

  • Only one third of the credits or no more than approximately two courses can be taken credit/no credit for the minor.
  • Students must have maintained at least a 2.0 grade point average in minor courses.
  • At least half of all courses towards the minor degree must be upper division at the 300 level or above.

Consistent with current University policy, courses for meeting the requirements of this minor may, as appropriate, be used simultaneously for meeting general education or credential requirements. Written declaration of the pursuit of the minor is not necessary prior to enrollment in any of its required or elective courses. Students should try to complete ETHS 100 or ETHS 110 before taking any further courses in the minor. These courses, however, may be taken concurrently. Additional courses may count towards the minor upon consultation with the Race and Resistance Studies undergraduate minor advisor.

All course work used to satisfy the requirements of the minor must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

Introductory Courses (3 units)

ETHS/RRS 100Introduction to Ethnic Studies3
or ETHS/RRS 110 Critical Thinking and the Ethnic Studies Experience

Core Courses (9 units)

Select one course from three different sections A through D below:9
Section A: History and Politics
All Power to the People: Comparative Freedom Movements of the "Sixties"
Race, Ethnicity and Power in America
Race, Labor, and Class
Grassroots Organizing for Change in Communities of Color
National Security and the Racialization of Arabs and Muslims in North America
Race, Radicalism and Revolution
History of People of Color in the U.S.
Section B: Popular Culture, Literature, and the Arts
Race, Gender, and Science Fiction
Race, Sports, and Society
Our Stories: Literatures of Race and Resistance
Arab Media Images in America: Impact on Arab Americans
Contemporary Arabic and Arab American Literature
Youth Culture, Race and Resistance
Section C: Gender and Sexuality
Coloring Queer: Imagining Communities
Women, Class, and Race
Section D: Diasporas and Transnationalism
Islamophobia: Roots, Development, and Contestation of Hatred
Arab American Identity: Memory and Resistance
Palestine: Ethnic Studies Perspective
South Asian Diaspora
Gender and Modernity in the Muslim and Arab Worlds

Community Service Learning (1 - 3 units)

Select one from below or as 1 - 3 CSL units attached to any course listed in the minor.1-3
Asian American Community Health Issues
Community Service Learning
Community Service Learning
Community Service Learning

Ethnic Specific Course from AA S, AFRS, AIS, or LTNS (3 units)

Choose one course on advisement, from a different department than the one used to fulfill the CSL requirement.)

Elective Courses (3 units)

Choose one from below or any course from above, including from the ethnic-specific departments or programs, not used to satisfy basic requirements.

AFRS 466Black Lives Matter: Race and Social Movements3
COUN 450/RRS 460AIDS and People of Color in the U.S.3
ETHS 590Ethnic Studies Travel Study1
ETHS 685Projects in the Teaching of Ethnic Studies3
ETHS 697Field Research or Internship in Ethnic Studies1-3
ETHS 699Independent Study1-3
RRS/SOC 330Comparative Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.: Class, Gender, and Nation3
RRS/LABR/HIST 473Slavery and Antislavery in the United States3
RRS/LTNS 580Educational Equity3
SOC 580Educational Equity3
RRS 625Mixed Race Studies: A Comparative Focus3