Race in American Society Minor

The Race in American Society minor complements a student's major discipline with the knowledge and essential skills needed to understand the increasingly complicated mosaic that is American society and to acquire the skills to become and anti-racist activist.

The curricular learning goals are:

  1. Students completing this curriculum will be able to distinguish between prejudice and discrimination (thought versus action) in individuals
  2. Students completing this curriculum will be able to identify elements of social structure that systematically disadvantage people of color, and to distinguish between individual racism and institutional racism
  3. Students completing this curriculum will be able to identify elements of social structure that systematically privilege people who are identified as “white”  
  4. Students completing this curriculum will explore and gain an appreciation of the contributions of all groups that comprise the mosaic of American culture
  5. Students completing this curriculum will be able to draw on scholarly, peer-reviewed, published work that supports the role of race in American society
  6. Students completing this curriculum will have the tools to become anti-racist activists.

The Race in American Society minor requires 15 hours of course work, two required courses (RAS101 and RAS401) and three courses approved by the Director. At least one of the three support courses must be in the Humanities; at least one of the three support courses must be in the Social Sciences.

RAS 101Introduction to Race in American Society3
RAS 401Capston Course: Race in American Society3
Approved Support Course #13
Approved Support Course #23
Approved Support Course #33
Total Credit Hours15