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:
    • SOCI.2340 Race and Ethnicity
    • PHIL.3080 Philosophy of Race and Gender
    • POLI.3490 Politics of Race and Ethnicity
  • 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

  • AMST.2480 Values in American Culture

Asian American Studies

  • ASAM.2120 Introduction to Asian American Studies

Criminal Justice

  • CRIM.3600 Gender, Race, and Crime
  • CRIM.3260 Hate Crime
  • CRIM.3650 Hate Crimes

Digital Media

  • DGMD.2310 Media, Law and Ethics


  • EDUC.3000 Understanding Families and Communities


  • ENGL.2770 American Ethnic Literature
  • ENGL.3640 African American Drama
  • ENGL.3760 African-American Literature
  • ENGL.3780 Asian American Literature
  • ENGL.3790 Postcolonial Literature


  • HIST.2070 Women in China
  • HIST.2390 The Nonwestern World since 1945
  • HIST.2740 Native American History
  • HIST.2745 History of the U.S. South
  • HIST.2750 African-American History
  • HIST.2810 Sub-Saharan Africa
  • HIST.3230 World of the Atlantic
  • HIST.3449 American Slavery: History, Fiction, and Film
  • HIST.3880 Ancient Mediterranean: Cultures in Contact
  • HIST.3910 America and the World
  • HIST.3920 United States Immigration History
  • HIST.3920 History of the Middle East and Islamic World
  • HIST.3940 Immigration and Assimilation in Contemporary Europe
  • HIST.5350 Immigration History
  • HIST.5460 Topics in African-American History

Legal Studies

  • LGST.3600 Legal Issues in Racism
  • LGST.3850 Immigration Law
  • LGST.3660 International Law


  • PHIL.3080 Philosophy of Race and Gender
  • PHIL.3880 Latin American Philosophy
  • PHIL.3890 Immigration and Global Justice

Political Science

  • POLI.2150 African Politics
  • POLI.2510 Politics of Identity
  • POLI.3490 Politics of Race and Ethnicity
  • POLI.3680 Middle Eastern Politics
  • POLI.4020 Women in Islam
  • POLI.4450 Politics of Repression and Dissent


  • 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


  • SOCI.2340 Race and Ethnicity
  • SOCI.3070 Sociology of Immigration
  • SOCI.3520 Latinos in the United States
  • SOCI.3550 Black Experience in American Life

For more information about the Race and Ethnic Studies minor, contact Dr. Sue J. Kim, program coordinator.