Race & Ethnic Studies Program

Contact Information

Pilar Melero
Associate Professor & Program Coordinator
Phone: (262) 472-3173
Location: Laurentide 4229

Mary Alkons
Academic Department Associate  
Phone: (262) 472-1042
Location: Laurentide 4233

Race & Ethnic Cultures General Courses

  • ATLANTIC HISTORY (DV) (GH)
    Race & Ethnic Cultures General 150, Credits: 3

    This course explores the Atlantic community created as a result of Christopher Columbus' voyage of 1492. It examines the process which drew together the history of four continents, Europe, Africa, North and South America as a result of the commerce, migrations, and imperial rivalries inititated by the Columbian encounter. The course, thus, focuses not only on the Atlantic Ocean itself as a frontier and zone of interaction but on the destruction and reconfiguration of Indigenous societies, the patterns of labor developed as a result of African slavery, the creation of new world societies, independence movements and different strategies of accommodation, resistance and rebellion.

  • INTRODUCTION TO RACE AND ETHNIC STUDIES (DV)
    Race & Ethnic Cultures General 201, Credits: 3

    As the gateway and methods course for all the minors in the Race and Ethnic Studies Program, this interdisciplinary course provides an introduction to race theory frameworks from multiple disciplines (critical race theory, racial identity development, third space and cultural hybridity) and applies them to the dynamic and overlapping histories, cultures and literatures of historically underrepresented groups in the U.S.

  • INTRODUCTION TO U.S. LATINO/A LITERATURE (DV) (GH)
    Race & Ethnic Cultures General 202, Credits: 3

    The course will present students with the diverse U.S. Latino experiences, by introducing them to texts that examine literary works by authors of Latino/Latina backgrounds, in their historical context and cultural context.

  • ETHNIC POLITICS (DV) (GE)
    Race & Ethnic Cultures General 217, Credits: 3

    The central concern of this course is to provide the student an awareness of the political development of racial and ethnic minorities in today's political arena. It will compare and contrast the development of the white ethnic communities of the 19th and 20th centuries with our modern day racial and ethnic minorities. (Offered jointly with political science).

  • POLITICS OF URBAN INEQUALITY IN THE U.S. (DV) (GS)
    Race & Ethnic Cultures General 280, Credits: 3

    The course offers a sophisticated depiction of systemic urban inequality that constrains the lives of the urban poor. The readings will feature academic books and research articles that describe and analyze the politics and life experiences in inner-city neighborhoods.

  • ASIAN AMERICANS (DV) (GS)
    Race & Ethnic Cultures General 285, Credits: 3

    The course examines the intersection of Asia and United States through peoples who migrated from Asia. It reviews issues of race and ethnicity and provides an overview in Asian cultures so that students can understand Asian American diversity and Asian cultures of origin. It examines the diverse experiences of the various Asian peoples who have migrated to the U.S.

  • IMMIGRATION TODAY: INDIVIDUAL, COMMUNITY, AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
    Race & Ethnic Cultures General 321, Credits: 3

    This course focuses on the changes in immigration to the United States in recent decades, challenges that recent immigrants face, and the controversies around this immigration. The immigrant experience of Latinos and the Hmong in Midwest will be emphasized, from an individual, family, and community perspective.

  • RACE, ETHNICITY AND FILM (DV)
    Race & Ethnic Cultures General 344, Credits: 3

    This course will sociologically analyze racial and ethnic patterns in American films. We will discuss how decision-makers shape the public imagination. We will examine how race intersects with other identities in ways that lead to specific trends in Hollywood. We will highlight the relationship between media, culture and the economy.

  • AMERICAN MINORITY WOMEN WRITERS (DV)
    Race & Ethnic Cultures General 368, Credits: 3

    A survey of poetry, fiction, drama, and essays written by African-American, Hispanic-American, Native American, and Asian-American women.

  • RACE, ETHNICITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE: ISSUES FOR HELPING PROFESSIONALS (DV)
    Race & Ethnic Cultures General 380, Credits: 3

    The course is designed to help students develop a greater understanding of the influence of one's race and ethnicity on the ways individuals perceive the world and the ways they are treated by others and by society. Within the framework of the helping professions, students will have the opportunity to examine their attitudes toward members of racial and ethnic minorities, develop ways to learn about the participation in and treatment of racial and ethnic minority groups in work, education, and social services, and examine ways to affect one's own attitudes and society to achieve social justice.

  • MINORITY AND MULTIRACIAL FAMILIES (DV)
    Race & Ethnic Cultures General 394, Credits: 3

    This course will examine the "traditional" definition of family throughout American history as well as how more and more families challenge this definition. We will discuss how political, economic and social factors have shaped the experiences, structure and dynamics of families; and we will analyze trends in family formation patterns. (Offered jointly with Race and Ethnic Studies).

  • CAPSTONE SEMINAR IN RACE AND ETHNIC STUDIES
    Race & Ethnic Cultures General 481, Credits: 3

    This capstone course, to be taken as one of the last courses in the minor, is required of all minors in the Race and Ethnic Studies Program. Students will hone their research methods in race/ethnic studies and apply them to a project. The project, which may be research, creative, or professional application in nature, will be presented orally.

  • WORKSHOP
    Race & Ethnic Cultures General 490, Credits: 1-3

    Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing `hands on` and participatory instructional techniques.

  • TRAVEL STUDY
    Race & Ethnic Cultures General 491, Credits: 1-3

    Variable topics. Faculty-led courses abroad.

  • INTERNSHIP RACEETH
    Race & Ethnic Cultures General 493, Credits: 1-12

    Internship

  • SPECIAL STUDIES
    Race & Ethnic Cultures General 496, Credits: 1-3

    Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings.

  • INDEPENDENT STUDY
    Race & Ethnic Cultures General 498, Credits: 1-3

    Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable three times for maximum of 9 credits.

Race & Ethnic Cultures General 150, Credits: 3

This course explores the Atlantic community created as a result of Christopher Columbus' voyage of 1492. It examines the process which drew together the history of four continents, Europe, Africa, North and South America as a result of the commerce, migrations, and imperial rivalries inititated by the Columbian encounter. The course, thus, focuses not only on the Atlantic Ocean itself as a frontier and zone of interaction but on the destruction and reconfiguration of Indigenous societies, the patterns of labor developed as a result of African slavery, the creation of new world societies, independence movements and different strategies of accommodation, resistance and rebellion.

INTRODUCTION TO U.S. LATINO/A LITERATURE (DV)(GH)

Race & Ethnic Cultures General 202, Credits: 3

The course will present students with the diverse U.S. Latino experiences, by introducing them to texts that examine literary works by authors of Latino/Latina backgrounds, in their historical context and cultural context.

ETHNIC POLITICS (DV)(GE)

Race & Ethnic Cultures General 217, Credits: 3

The central concern of this course is to provide the student an awareness of the political development of racial and ethnic minorities in today's political arena. It will compare and contrast the development of the white ethnic communities of the 19th and 20th centuries with our modern day racial and ethnic minorities. (Offered jointly with political science).

POLITICS OF URBAN INEQUALITY IN THE U.S. (DV)(GS)

Race & Ethnic Cultures General 280, Credits: 3

The course offers a sophisticated depiction of systemic urban inequality that constrains the lives of the urban poor. The readings will feature academic books and research articles that describe and analyze the politics and life experiences in inner-city neighborhoods.

ASIAN AMERICANS (DV)

Race & Ethnic Cultures General 285, Credits: 3

The course examines the intersection of Asia and United States through peoples who migrated from Asia. It reviews issues of race and ethnicity and provides an overview in Asian cultures so that students can understand Asian American diversity and Asian cultures of orgin. It examines the diverse experiences of the various Asian peoples who have migrated to the U.S., including inter-Asian American relations and intergroup relations between Asian Americans and others in the U.S. The course explores issues of Asian American discrimination, stereotypes, indentity formation, collective action and pan Asian identities, and hybrid or transnational identities.

RACE, ETHNICITY AND FILM (DV)

Race & Ethnic Cultures General 344, Credits: 3

This course will sociologically analyze racial and ethnic patterns in American films. We will discuss how decision-makers shape the public imagination. We will examine how race intersects with other identities in ways that lead to specific trends in Hollywood. We will highlight the relationship between media, culture and the economy.

AMERICAN MINORITY WOMEN WRITERS (DV)

Race & Ethnic Cultures General 368, Credits: 3

A survey of poetry, fiction, drama, and essays written by African-American, Hispanic-American, Native American, and Asian-American women.

RACE, ETHNICITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE: ISSUES FOR HELPING PROFESSIONALS (DV)

Race & Ethnic Cultures General 380, Credits: 3

The course is designed to help students develop a greater understanding of the influence of one's race and ethnicity on the ways individuals perceive the world and the ways they are treated by others and by society. Within the framework of the helping professions, students will have the opportunity to examine their attitudes toward members of racial and ethnic minorities, develop ways to learn about the participation in and treatment of racial and ethnic minority groups in work, education, and social services, and examine ways to affect one's own attitudes and society to achieve social justice.

MINORITY AND MULTIRACIAL FAMILIES (DV)

Race & Ethnic Cultures General 394, Credits: 3

This course will examine the "traditional" definition of family throughout American history as well as how more and more families challenge this definition. We will discuss how political, economic and social factors have shaped the experiences, structure and dynamics of families; and we will analyze trends in family formation patterns. (Offered jointly with Race and Ethnic Studies).

Race & Ethnic Cultures General 490, Credits: 1-3

Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing `hands on` and participatory instructional techniques.

TRAVEL STUDY

Race & Ethnic Cultures General 491, Credits: 1-3

Variable topics. Faculty-led courses abroad.

SPECIAL STUDIES

Race & Ethnic Cultures General 496, Credits: 1-3

Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings.

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Race & Ethnic Cultures General 498, Credits: 1-3

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable three times for maximum of 9 credits

Location

College of Letters & Sciences
Laurentide Hall 4100
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

Resources For

Faculty/Staff Contact

Office of the Dean
Rebecca Reichert
Phone: (262) 472-1621
E-mail: reicherr@uww.edu

Student Contact

Advising Office
Phone: (262) 472-1550
E-mail: lsadvise@uww.edu

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