Race and Ethnicity

​The Race and Ethnicity concentration enables students to examine the relationship between race and ethnicity and US cultures in a global and interdisciplinary framework.   Through our two core requirements, students will develop both depth of knowledge, researching a specific racial or ethnic identity within the US, and also the breadth provided by a comparative approach, examining commonalities and differences across Asian American, African American, Latino/a American, American Indian, and other racial and ethnic cultural formations within the US and in other parts of the world.  Only American Studies offers this comparative and global approach. 

Recent students have examined Spanish-language popular music and television programming across the Americas, African Americans and the global popularity of hip hop and the blues, Black Power and Afrocentric movements in the US South, American Indians in Virginia, and images of Asian Americans in the last half century of Hollywood Cinema. 

Faculty members with particular expertise in this area include Lawrie Balfour, Anna Brickhouse, Sylvia Chong, Marlene Daut, Camilla Fojas, Jennifer Greeson, Grace Hale, Jack Hamilton, Carmenita Higginbotham, Kasey Keeler, Carmen Lamas, Sandhya Shukla.

Core Courses

Students concentrating in Race and Ethnicity must take at least one course from each of the following Core lists.

Single Race/Ethnicity:

  • AAS 1010 Introduction to African American Studies
  • AAS 1020 Introduction to African American Studies 
  • AMST 3180 Introduction to Asian American Studies
  • AMST 3559 Native American Pop Culture
  • AMST 3559 Race in Latino Literature and Culture

Comparative Race/Ethnicity:

  • AMST 2220 Race, Identity and American Visual Culture
  • AMST 3559 Racial Borders and American Cinema
  • AMST 4500 Race and Sound in American Culture
  • AMST 4559 Race in American Places
  • ENAM 3559 America and the Global South
  • ENMC 4530 Multiethnic American Fiction
  • PLAP 3700 Racial Politics
  • PLPT 4500 Freedom, Empire, and Slavery
  • SOC 3410 Race and Ethnic relations

The remaining 4 electives may come from the Core class list and/or from the following list of approved courses specific to the Race and Ethnicity concentration. At least 2 of these 6 courses must be at the 3000 level or above.

Elective Courses

  • AAS 1010 Intro to African-American Studies I
  • AAS 1020 Intro to African American Studies II
  • AAS 2224 Black Masculinities and Femininities in the US Media
  • AAS 2559 New Course in African & African American Studies (Select Course Topics)
  • AAS 2450 Health of Black Folks
  • AAS 2700 Festivals of the Americas
  • AAS 3200 Martin, Malcom and America
  • AAS/HIUS 3231 Rise and Fall of the Slave South
  • AAS 3280 Reading the Black College Campus
  • AAS 3456 The Supreme Court and the Civil Rights Movement
  • AAS 3500 Intermediate Seminar in African-American & African Studies (Select Course Topics)
  • AAS 3559 New Course in African & African American Studies (Select Course Topics)
  • AAS 3652 African American History since 1865
  • AAS 4109 Civil Rights Movement and the Media
  • AAS 4500 Advanced Seminar in African-American & African Studies (Select Course Topics)
  • AAS 4501 Advanced Research Seminar in History & African-American Studies All Course Topics)
  • AAS 4559 New Course in African & African American Studies (Select Topics)
  • AAS 4570 Advanced Research Seminar in African-American & African Studies (Select Course Topics)
  • AAS 4845/ENAM 4845 Black Speculative Fiction
  • AMST 2210 Arts Harlem Renaissance
  • AMST 2220 Race, Identity, and Amer. Vis. Culture
  • AMST 2422/AMST 2500 Point of View Journalism
  • AMST 2460/ AMST 2500 Language in the US
  • AMST 2462 Language and New Media
  • AMST 2500 Amer. Photography since 1945
  • AMST 2500 Art of Disney
  • AMST 2500 Chinese American Language, Culture and Identity
  • AMST 2500 Christian America?
  • AMST 2500 Cultural Landscapes of the US
  • AMST 2500 Digital American Studies
  • AMST 2500 Harlem Stories
  • AMST 2559 Cultures of Hip-Hop
  • AMST 2559 Racial Performances
  • AMST 2753 Arts & Cultures of the Slave South
  • AMST 3180 Intro to Asian American Studies
  • AMST 3460 Reading American at Home and Abroad
  • AMST 3559 Race and Sound
  • AMST 3641 Native America
  • AMST 4500 (All Course Topics)
  • ANTH 2153 North American Indians
  • ANTH 2250 Nationalism, Racism, Multiculturalism
  • ANTH 2290 The Health of Black Folks
  • ANTH 2360 Don Juan and Castaneda
  • ANTH 2365 Art and Anthropology
  • ANTH 2500 Cultures, Regions and Civilizations: Anthropology of the Carribbean
  • ANTH 2500 Cultures, Regions and Civilizations: The Maya Today
  • ANTH 2589 Topics in Archaeology (Select Course Topics)
  • ANTH 2589 Topics in Archaeology - Puebloan SW: Past & Present)
  • ANTH 2589 Topics in Archaeology - Ancient Maya, Aztec and Mixtec
  • ANTH 2590 Social & Cultural Anthropology (Select Course Topics)
  • ANTH 2610 Asian America
  • ANTH 2820 The Emergence of States and Cities
  • ANTH 3154 Indians of the American Southwest
  • ANTH 3155 Anthropology of Everyday American Life
  • ANTH 3157 Peoples, Cultures and Societies of the Caribbean/Caribbean Perspectives
  • ANTH 3175 Native American Art: The Astor Collection
  • ANTH 3450 Native American Languages
  • ANTH 3603 Archaeological Approaches to Atlantic Slavery
  • ANTH 3650 Asian-American Ethnicity
  • ANTH 3830 North American Archaeology
  • ANTH 3870 Archaeology of Virginia
  • ANTH 3890 Archaeology of the American Southwest
  • ANTH 4590 Social & Cultural Anthropology (Select Course Topics)
  • ANTH 4591 Senior Seminar in Anthropology: Anthropology in Virginia
  • ANTH 4591 Senior Seminar in Anthropology: Native American Prehistory
  • ANTH 5528 Topics in Race Theory
  • ANTH 5855 Archaeology of Colonial Expansion
  • ARH 4500 Special Topics in Architectural History - UVa History: Race and Repair
  • ARTH 2471 Art Since 1945
  • ARTH 2745 African American Art
  • ARTH 2751 American Art
  • ARTH 2752 American Art Since Reconstruction
  • ARTH 2753 Arts & Cultures of the Slave South
  • ARTH 3559 Jacob Lawrence
  • DRAM 3070 African American Theatre
  • DRAM 3600 Modern American Drama
  • DRAM 4559 New Courses in Drama: Hip Hop Theatre
  • EMLT 2547 Black Writers in America
  • ENAM 3110 American Literature to 1865
  • ENAM 3120 American Literature since 1865
  • ENAM 3130 African-American Survey I
  • ENAM 3140 African-American Literature II
  • ENAM 3150 American Renaissance
  • ENAM 3160 Realism & Naturalism in America
  • ENAM 3180 Introduction to Asian American Studies
  • ENAM 3280 Reading the Black College Campus
  • ENAM 3450 American Short Novel
  • ENAM 3500 Studies in American Literature (Select Course Topics)
  • ENAM 3510 Studies in African-American Literature & Culture (All Course Topics)
  • ENAM 3559 America and the Global South
  • ENAM 3559 New Course in American Literature (Select Course Topics)
  • ENAM 3870 Literature of the West
  • ENAM 3880 Literature of the South
  • ENAM 3890 Mass Media and American Culture
  • ENAM 4500 Advanced Studies in American Literature (Select Course Topics)
  • ENAM 4840 Fictions of Black Identity
  • ENAM 4845/AAS 4845 Black Speculative Fiction
  • ENAM 5840 Contemporary African American Literature
  • ENCR 4500 Advanced Studies in Literary Criticism (Select Course Topics)
  • ENCR 4500 Advanced Studies in Literary Criticism: Critical Race Theory
  • ENCR 4500 Advanced Studies in Literary Criticism: Race in American Places
  • ENCR 4500 Advanced Studies in Literary Criticism: Race, Space, Culture
  • ENCR 5559/AAS 5559 Queer Race Theory
  • ENLT 2513 Major Authors of American Literature (Select Course Topics)
  • ENLT 2513 Major Authors of American Literature: Multi-Ethnic American Lit
  • ENLT 2513 Major Authors of American Literature: Race and Performance
  • ENLT 2514 Modern American Authors: Social Protest Fiction
  • ENLT 2547 Black Writers in America (All Course Topics)
  • ENLT 2555 Special Topics: Point of View Journalism
  • ENMC 3120 American Lit of the 20th Century
  • ENMC 3150 Literature of the Americas
  • ENMC 3310 Major African-American Poets
  • ENMC 3420 Modern Drama II
  • ENMC 3500 Studies in Modern and Contemporary Literature (Select Course Topics)
  • ENMC 3500 Studies in Modern and Contemporary Literature: Contemporary Jewish Fiction
  • ENMC 3559 New Course in Modern and Contemporary Literature : Vietnam War in Lit and Film
  • ENMC 3570 Contem Ethnic American Fict
  • ENMC 3650 Asian American Fiction
  • ENMC 4500 Advanced Studies in Modern & Contemporary Literature (Select Course Topics)
  • ENMC 4500 Advanced Studies in Modern & Contemporary Literature: Multi Ethnic American Fiction
  • ENMC 4500 Advanced Studies in Modern & Contemporary Literature: Post 9/11 Culture
  • ENMC 4530 Seminar in Modern Studies: The Global City
  • ENSP 2810 Women and Media in the Global South
  • ENSP 4500 Advanced Studies in Special Topics in Literature: Censorship
  • ETP 4810 Class, Race and the Environment
  • FREN 3585 Topics in Cultural Studies: Francophone Caribbean
  • FREN 3585 Topics in Cultural Studies: Haiti (Culture and Literature)
  • HIAF 4501 Seminar in African History: Slave Soc. in Atlantic World
  • HIEA New Course in East Asian History: China and the United States
  • HIEU 2102 Modern Jewish History
  • HILA 2001 Colonial Latin America, 1500-1824
  • HILA 2002 Modern Latin America, 1824 to Present
  • HILA 2110 Latin American Civilization
  • HILA 2201 History of the Caribbean
  • HILA 3031 Mexico from Conquest to Nation
  • HILA 3032 Mexico, 1854-present
  • HILA 3051 Modern Central America
  • HILA 3061 History of Modern Brazil
  • HILA 3071 History of Colonial Brazil
  • HILA 3111 Public Life in Modern Latin America
  • HILA 3201 History of the Caribbean, 1500-2000
  • HILA 4501 Seminar in Latin American History (All Course Topics)
  • HILA 4511 Colloquium in Latin American History (All Course Topics)
  • HILA 4559 New Course in Latin American History (All Course Topics)
  • HILA 4591 Topics in Latin American History (All Course Topics)
  • HIST 3301 South Atlantic Migration
  • HIUS 2001 American History to 1865
  • HIUS 2002 American History Since 1865
  • HIUS 3011 The Colonial Period of American History
  • HIUS 3031 The Era of the American Revolution
  • HIUS 3051 The Age of Jefferson and Jackson, 1789-1845
  • HIUS 3071 The Coming of the Civil War
  • HIUS 3072 The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIUS 3131 Emergence of Modern America, 1870-1930
  • HIUS 3150 Salem Witch Trials: History and Literature
  • HIUS 3151 United States Society and Politics, 1900-1945
  • HIUS 3161 Viewing America, 1940 to the Present
  • HIUS 3171 US Since 1945: People, Politics, Power
  • HIUS 3182 Politics of Health Care in American History, Policy, Society
  • HIUS 3182 Virginia History, 1865-2010
  • HIUS 3191 American Jewish History
  • HIUS 3231/AAS 3231 Rise and Fall of the Slave South
  • HIUS 3232 The South in the Twentieth Century
  • HIUS 3261 Trans-Mississippi West
  • HIUS 3262 Witnessing Slavery: Interpreting Slave Testimony in U.S. History
  • HIUS 3281 History of Virginia to 1865
  • HIUS 3282 History of Virginia Since 1865
  • HIUS 3301 South Atlantic
  • HIUS 3452 History of Urban America
  • HIUS 3471 History of American Labor
  • HIUS 3559 New Course in United States History (Select Course Topics)
  • HIUS 3559 New Course in United States History: Hands-On Public History
  • HIUS 3559 New Course in United States History: From Mowtown to Hip-Hop
  • HIUS 3559 New Course in United States History: Race & Real Estate in the US
  • HIUS 3559 New Course in United States History: Viewing the South
  • HIUS 3611 Gender & Sexuality in America, 1600 to 1865
  • HIUS 3612 Gender & Sexuality in America, 1865 to Present
  • HIUS 3641 American Indian History
  • HIUS 3651 Afro-American History to 1865
  • HIUS 3652 Afro-American History since 1865
  • HIUS 3654 Black Fire
  • HIUS 3671 History of the Civil Rights Movement
  • HIUS 3752 History of Early American Law
  • HIUS 3753 History of Modern American Law
  • HIUS 3851 Intellectural & Cultural History of the United States to 1865
  • HIUS 3852 Intellectural & Cultural History of the United States Since 1865
  • HIUS 4501 Seminar in United States History (Select Course Topics)
  • HIUS 4501 Seminar in United States History: Black Freedom in the Age of Slavery
  • HIUS 4501 Seminar in United States History: Black Power
  • HIUS 4501 Seminar in United States History: Slavery/Social Life at Early UVa
  • HIUS 4559 New Course in United States History: Civil War Voices
  • HIUS 4591 Topics in United States History (Select Course Topics)
  • HIUS 4591 Topics in United States History: UVa History: Race and Repair
  • LNGS 2220 Black English
  • *MDST 2502 Special Topics in Film Genre: American Gangster Films (*Must be a Media Studies Major)
  • *MDST 3105 Latina/o Media Studies
  • *MDST 3110 Hollywood Goes to Asia
  • *MDST 3140 Mass Media and American Politics
  • *MDST 3205 New Latin American Cinema
  • *MDST 3406 The Wire: Understading Urban American through Television at its Best
  • *MDST 3407 Racial Borders & American Cinema
  • *MDST 3505 Special Topics in Diversity and Identity in Media: Race & Sound in American Culture
  • *MDST 3559 New Course in Media Studies (Select Course Topics)
  • *MDST 3630 Screening Terrorism
  • *MDST 3640 American Gangster Film
  • *MDST 4108 Media, Drugs, and Violence in Latin America
  • *MDST 4109 Civil Rights Movement and the Media
  • *MDST 4200 Sex and Gender Go to the Movies
  • *MDST 4559 New Courses in Media Studies (Select Course Topics)
  • *MDST 4559 New Courses in Media Studies: New Brazillian Television
  • MUSI 2070 Popular Musics: American Music
  • MUSI 2080 American Music: Roots Music of Multicultural America
  • MUSI 2120 History of Jazz Music
  • MUSI 3120 Jazz Studies
  • PLAN 1010 Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning
  • PLAP 2500 Special Topics In American Politics (Select Course Topis)
  • PLAP 2500 Special Topics In American Politics: Politics of American Citizenship
  • PLAP 3440 Urban Government & Politics
  • PLAP 3510 Minority Group Politics
  • PLAP 3700 Racial Politics
  • PLAP 3820 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • PLAP 4500 Special Topics in American Politics (Select Course Topics)
  • PLAP 4500 Special Topics in American Politics: U.S. Immigration Politics
  • PLAP 4500 Special Topics in American Politics: Contemporary Issues in American Politics
  • PLAP 4810 Class, Race & the Environment
  • PLAP 4840 Race and Constitution
  • PLAP 4841 Seminar in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • PLCP 4500 Special Topics in Comparative Politics (Select Course Topics)
  • PLCP 4500 Special Topics in Comparative Politics: Cuban Politics
  • PLCP 5310 Politics of Latin America
  • PLCP 5350 Democratic Theory and Democratization in Latin America
  • PLPT 3200 African American Political Thought
  • PLPT 4060 Politics and Literature
  • PORT 4410 Brazillian Literature
  • PORT 4420 Brazillian Literature
  • PORT 4270 The Civilization of Brazil
  • RELA 2700 Festivals of the Americas
  • RELA 2850 Afro-Creole Religion in the Americas
  • RELA 3351 African Diaspora Religions
  • RELB 3559 Buddhism in America
  • RELC 3804 American Catholic Social and Political Thought
  • RELC 3150 Salem Witch Trials
  • RELG 2150 Religion in America Life and Thought to 1865
  • RELG 2160 Religion in American Life and Thought from 1865 to the Present
  • RELG 2660 "Spiritual But Not Religious': Spirituality in America
  • RELG 3200 Martin, Malcolm, and America
  • RELG 3360 Conquests and Religions in the Americas, 1400s-1830s
  • RELG 3780 Faulkner and the Bible
  • RELG 4220 American Religious Autobiography
  • SOC 2220 Social Problems
  • SOC 2242 Systems of Inequality
  • SOC 2950 "The Wire" - Sociology Through TV & Film
  • SOC 3060 Sociological Perspectives on Whiteness
  • SOC 3410 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 4100 Sociology of the African-American Community
  • SOC 4550 Topics in Ethics and Society (Select Course Topics)
  • SOC 4550 Topics in Ethics and Society: Race & Ethics
  • SOC 4870 Immigration
  • SPAN 3420 Survey of Latin American Literature I (Colonial to 1900)
  • SPAN 3430 Survey of Latin American Literature II (1900 to Present)
  • SPAN 4310 Latin American Women Writers from 1900 to the Present
  • SPAN 4319 Borges
  • SPAN 4320 Contemporary Latin-American Short Fiction
  • SPAN 4321 Contemporary Latin-American Novel
  • SPAN 4450 Contemporary Latin American Novella
  • SPAN 4500 Special Topics Seminar: Literature (Select Course Topics)
  • SPAN 4500 Special Topics Seminar: Literature: Interpreting Colonial Latin America
  • SPAN 4500 Special Topics Seminar: Literature: Dictatorship in Latin America Literature
  • SPAN 4520 Special Topics Seminar: Culture and Civilization : Hispano-Phillippine Studies
  • SPAN 4621 Latin American Women Poets
  • SPAN 4710 Latin American Culture and Civilization
  • SPAN 4712 Travelers in Latin America
  • SPAN 4715 Cuban Culture Through Cinema
  • WGS 1440 Gender & Race in Popular Music
  • WGS 1770 Gender & Sexuality in Pop Media
  • WGS 2224 Black Femininites and Masculinities in Media
  • WGS 2897 Gender Violence and Social Justice
  • WGS 3130 Geographies of Desire: Race, Gender, Place, Identity
  • WGS 3612 Gender and Sexuality in the United States, 1865-Present
  • WGS 4200 Sex and Gender Go to the Movies

 

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