Comparative Race and Ethnicity Minor

Minor in Comparative Race and Ethnicity

Advisors for 2017-18: Peggy Levitt and Markella Rutherford

The interdisciplinary Minor in Comparative Race and Ethnicity examines how power dynamics, operating across time, space, and scales of social experience, shape the categories of race and ethnicity. Approaching racial and ethnic categories as socially constructed, historically situated, and contextually dependent, this minor is designed to engage students in comparative study in two key ways: (1) students will be equipped to examine and analyze racial/ethnic dynamics  across and between national borders and to compare different racial and ethnic regimes, and (2) students will learn to understand race/ethnicity from different disciplinary perspectives, drawing from both the social sciences and the humanities. This minor offers a distinctly global approach to race and ethnicity that is intended to complement U.S.-based critical ethnic studies and other area studies approaches (e.g., American Studies, Africana Studies). It is fitting for any student interested in analyzing the comparative and transnational dimensions of race and ethnicity in combination with the study of race and ethnicity in the United States.

Goals for the Minor in Comparative Race and Ethnicity

The minor in comparative race and ethnicity seeks to educate students to:

  • Understand the social construction of race and ethnicity
  • Introduce students to a variety of disciplinary approaches to understanding and analyzing race and ethnicity
  • Compare processes of racialization across history and geography
  • Understand ethnic and racial conflicts in comparative context
  • Critically analyze the exercise of power and domination, as well as resistance movements
  • Examine how global systems of economic and political power, colonialism, and transnational migration shape race and ethnicity in various places
  • Consider the intersections of race and ethnicity with gender, nation, and class in a global context   

See the course catalog for requirements and the list of courses for credit towards the minor.