Race and Ethnic Studies Minor

The Race and Ethnic Studies minor provides students the opportunity to study race and ethnicity as evolving social constructions shaped by many factors, including labor, politics, religion, nationality, sexuality, gender, and culture. The minor encourages students to explore race and ethnicity from a variety of disciplinary approaches and to examine the histories of various racial and ethnic groups. UMass Lowell students will graduate knowing how to contribute to a more humane and civil society in which diversity is acknowledged and celebrated.

The Race and Ethnic Studies minor is open to all undergraduates and consists of an interdisciplinary program of 18-24 credits of required and elective courses.

Required Courses

  • One of the following courses that provide an overview of theories of race and ethnicity must be taken:
  • At least one course must be taken in the Humanities (English, History, Philosophy).
  • At least one course must be taken in the Social Sciences (Criminal Justice, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology).
  • At least two classes must be at the 3000 level or above.


The following classes, most of which are offered yearly or every other year, constitute electives towards the minor. Students may petition to have Special Topics and/or other courses count towards the minor.

American Studies

Asian American Studies

  • ASAM.2120 Introduction to Asian American Studies

Criminal Justice

Digital Media


  • EDUC.3000 Understanding Families and Communities



Legal Studies


Political Science


  • PSYC.2550 Community Psychology
  • PSYC.3360 Culture and Psychology
  • PSYC.4711 Seminar in Community Psychology: Racism
  • PSYC.4712 Seminar in Community Psychology: Immigration
  • PSYC.4713 Seminar in Community Psychology: Prevent Youth Violence
  • PSYC.4714 Seminar in Community Psychology: Bridging Differences
  • PSYC.4731 Seminar in Social Psychology: Social (In)justice
  • PSCY.4735 Seminar in Social Psychology: Workplace Diversity
  • PSYC.5270 Immigrant Psychology and Communities


For more information about the Race and Ethnic Studies minor, contact Elizabeth Herbin-Triant or Yahayra Michel, co-coordinators, or email Ethnic_Studies@uml.edu.