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EGS 217 - U.S. Racial and Ethnic Politics

5 Credits

An interdisciplinary examination of the historical and continuing significance of race, ethnicity, and racism in the U.S. political system. Surveys contemporary literatures on the political experiences of four racial and ethnic minority groups (Black or African Americans, American Indians or Native Americans, Latinos or Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans) and their interactions with the dominant racial group (non-Hispanic Whites).


Course Note AEIS 217 and POL S 217: Meet together and share content.

Quarters Typically Offered
Summer Day, Online
Fall Day
Winter Day, Online
Designed to Serve All students
Active Date 20200401T13:21:19

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 35
Shared Learning Environment Yes
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:

  • Diversity & Globalism
  • Social Science Area I

Course Outline

  • Understanding race and racism in America (laws, identity, attitudes)
  • Histories of struggle for equality and freedom from the perspectives of different racial and ethnic minority groups, including women of color. 
  • Turning political participation into political representation 
  • Racialized and gendered nature of U.S. public policy (immigration, welfare, crime, education) 
  • Building multi-identity coalitions for social justice 

Student Learning Outcomes
Explain various ways racial categorization, segregation, and discrimination have shaped American political development.

Synthesize and critically discuss key research findings with respect to race and ethnicity in American politics

Evaluate public opinion polls measuring attitudes toward racial and ethnic minority groups in the US.

Identify and explain how race, ethnicity, and racism have impacted the U.S. policy making process.

Effectively interpret personal experience and observations using key concepts and frameworks learned in the course.

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