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2013-2014

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Ethnic Studies Professor Kenneth Hamilton, Director The Ethnic Studies Program 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 The following options are offered under the Ethnic Studies Program: ● The major leading to the B.A. in ethnic studies with specialization in African and African-American studies (33 hours) or in Mexican-American studies (34 hours). ● The major leading to the B.S. in ethnic studies with specialization in African and African-American studies (36 hours) or in 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 on the social sciences and, consequently, requires less work in methodology and statistics. A. Foundation. Six hours are required of all students majoring in ethnic studies. ETST 2301 (SOCI 3305, CFA 3310) Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. SOCI 3370 Minority-Dominant Relations B. Basic Courses. A total of 18 hours comprised of the minor in African and AfricanAmerican studies, and 19 hours comprised of the minor in Mexican-American studies form the basis of the ethnic studies major. i. African and African-American studies minor (9 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, 1607–1877 HIST 3314 African Americans in the United States, 1877–Present b. A total of nine hours of additional basic courses, of which six hours 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 184 Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

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