Professor Kenneth Hamilton, Director
Ethnic Studies offers an interdisciplinary program that examines the African-American and Mexican-American experiences through the social sciences and humanities. The program offers instruction in important periods of African, Mexican and American history, probing the roots of traditions beginning in early African and pre-Columbian cultures, as well as examining minorities in contemporary U.S. society.
This program provides good preparation for graduate work in the social sciences, the humanities, and professional schools, as well as jobs and careers in many fields. Education, law, journalism, urban planning, business, social work, and politics are a few of the fields for which Ethnic Studies provides a strong background.
Requirements for Majors and Minors. Under Ethnic Studies, the following options are offered:
The major leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies with specialization in either African and African-American Studies (33 hours) or Mexican-American Studies (34 hours).
The major leading to the Bachelor of Science in Ethnic Studies with specialization in either African and African-American Studies (36 hours) or Mexican-American Studies (37 hours).
The minor in African and African-American Studies (18 hours).
The minor in Mexican-American Studies (19 hours).
Courses to fulfill the requirements for the above should be selected in consultation with the director.
I. Bachelor of Arts. The B.A. option focuses more on the humanities than the social sciences and, consequently, requires less work in methodology and statistics.
A. Foundation. Six hours required of all students majoring in Ethnic Studies.
ETST 2301 Race and Ethnicity in the United States (Co-listed SOCI 3305 and CFA 3310)
SOCI 3370 Minority-Dominant Relations
B. Basic Courses. Eighteen hours comprised of the minor in African and African-American Studies, and 19 hours comprised of the minor in Mexican-American Studies form the basis of the Ethnic Studies major.
1. African and African-American Studies minor (nine of the 18 hours required must be at the 3000 level or above):
a. Nine hours of core courses are required.
HIST 2392 Modern Africa
HIST 3313 African Americans in the United States, 1607 to 1877
HIST 3314 African Americans in the United States, 1877 to the Present
b. Nine hours of additional basic courses, of which six must be outside History.
ANTH 3314 Peoples of Africa
ARHS 3390 Traditional Arts of Africa
ENGL 3362 African-American Literature
HIST 2391 Africa to the 19th Century
HIST 3304 Blacks and the Civil Rights Movement
HIST 3378 Problems in African History
HIST 3388 The African-American Urban Experience, 1865-1980
HIST 5341 Seminar in American History: African Slavery in the U.S.
MUHI 3340 Jazz: Tradition and Transformation
2. Mexican-American Studies minor (10 of the 19 hours required must be at the 3000 level or above):
a. Ten hours of core courses are required.
ETST 4352 Conversations and Community (Co-listed SPAN 4352)
HIST 3324 The Mexican Americans, 1848 to the Present
SOCI 3372 Chicanos in the Southwest
SPAN 1401 Beginning Spanish (or higher level)
b. Nine hours of additional basic courses selected from the following:
ANTH 3312 Meso-American Archaeology
ARHS 3383 The Ancient Maya
ARHS 3385 The Aztecs Before and After the Conquest: Mesoamerica, 1400-1600
ENGL 3363 Chicana/Chicano Literature
FL 3306 The Heart of Aztlán: Chicano Literature of the Southwest
HIST 3305 The Hispanos of New Mexico, 1848 to the Present
HIST 3308 History of Hispanics in the U.S. through Film
HIST 3382 History of Mexico
HIST 5330, 5331 Seminar in Mexican-American History
C. Cross-Cultural Requirement. Ethnic Studies majors in the African and African-American option are required to take three hours in Mexican-American Studies. Majors in the Mexican-American Studies option are required to take three hours in African-American Studies.
D. Supporting Courses. Six hours of other courses related to ethnicity must be selected from the following:
ANTH 3353 Indians of North America
ANTH 3361 Language in Culture and Society
ANTH 3368 (SOCI 3368) Urban Life: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
ENGL 1365 Literature of Minorities
ENGL 3354 Non-Western Culture and Literature
ENGL 3365 (CF 3398) Jewish-American Literature and Culture
ETST 2305 Internship in Ethnic Studies
HIST 2380 Ethnic Regions in the Western World
PLSC 4337 Civil Rights
RELI 3324 The Jewish Experience in America
II. Bachelor of Science. Thirty-six hours are required to complete the B.S. option in African and African-American Studies. Thirty-seven hours are required to complete the B.S. option in Mexican-American Studies. The same pattern of courses is required as for the B.A. degree with the addition of six hours of required methods courses, three of which may substitute for three hours of supporting courses:
SOCI 3311 Qualitative Research Methods
STAT 2301 Statistics for Modern Business Decisions or
STAT 2331 Introduction to Statistical Methods
2301 (SOCI 3305, CFA 3310). Race and Ethnicity in the United States. An interdisciplinary seminar designed to introduce students to the analysis of race and ethnicity in the United States within a global context. No prerequisites.
2305. Internship in Ethnic Studies. This course offers students experience in varied careers serving ethnic communities. Opportunities include advertising for public service, community organizing, nonprofit economic development, local historical preservation, and more. Department consent.
4352 (SPAN 4352). Conversations and Community. Advanced Spanish course that brings oral and written language to the center of students’ learning by bringing them in contact with native Spanish speakers from a variety of Dallas communities. Field work, away from campus, will include a maximum of two hours per week in addition to the required three contact hours in the classroom. Prerequisites: SPAN 2401 and approval of instructor for language majors. Approval of instructor for all other candidates.