Race and Cultures

Race and Cultures

Race & Cultures

Center of the Arts

Race & Ethnic Cultures program
College of Letters and Sciences
White Hall 205
(262) 472-1553

About the Program

The Race and Ethnic Cultures program in the UW-Whitewater College of Letters and Sciences offers a 24-credit minor designed to develop and deepen students' ability to understand, appreciate and articulate the experiences and cultures of racial and ethnic populations, especially those in the United States. The minor also explores the contributions these groups have made to the country's development and to the world. The Race and Ethnic Cultures minor is composed of nine credits of African- American Studies, three credits of American Indian Studies, nine credits of Chicano Studies and three elective credits chosen from a list of approved relevant courses.


The College of Letters and Sciences is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. This accreditation applies to both undergraduate and graduate programs.

In an ever-changing nation and international community of people, the skills gained through the Race and Ethnic Cultures minor will be extremely valuable to the student's private and professional life. By enhancing every student's understanding of the people with whom they will live, work and serve, this minor will foster solidarity, both domestically and globally. It will also provide excellent skills for graduates and graduate studies in a number of fields, including communication, criminal justice, political science, psychology, sociology, social work and teaching. In the modern highly diverse labor force, employers in the public sector will find this minor particularly attractive.


Race and ethnic cultures minors are taught exclusively by faculty members. There are no teaching assistants. All faculty hold doctorate degrees and are highly qualified professionals with expertise in African studies and the African-American experience, the Native American experience and Chicano/Hispanic culture. Faculty members are actively involved in research and public services; and in advisory service to students. The race and ethnic cultures program also has an advisory committee, comprised of multi-disciplinary faculty, who also serve as advisors to minors in the program.

High School Preparation

Students considering a minor in race and ethnic cultures would benefit by taking courses in the social sciences while in high school.

Student Organizations

Student organizations closely associated with the race and ethnic cultures minor program include the Black Student Union (BSU) and Latinos Unidos (LU).

Suggested Course of Study

Required Courses

Introduction to American Indian Studies or American Indian History (3 cr.)
These courses deal with the history and traditions of Native Americans. Special attention is given to current issues and events relevant to conditions in Wisconsin.

Introduction to Black Culture (3 cr.)
African-American Community: A Sociological Perspective (3 cr.)
Current Issues in Black Studies (3 cr.)

These courses provide a systematic study of the origin, experiences and conditions of African American people, their philosophical, religious and social values, their various forms of artistic expression and the way in which these cultural aspects are interrelated. Students learn about the history, problems, and contributions of African Americans in the United States and the world.

Chicano Literature: Historical Context and Contemporary Text (3 cr.)
Politics of the Chicano (3 cr.)
Chicano and Latino American Thought (3 cr.)

These courses deal with Mexican, Hispanic and Latino cultures. Students study the role of the Chicano and the Boricua in the United States, the social and philosophical values of Hispanics; and the history, literature and political thought of Chicano and Puertorriqueo cultures.


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