Foundation courses: All majors take GENS 245 Critical and Alternative Voices, plus one other course centered on racial and ethnic analysis (Soc 267 Race and Ethnic Group Relations; Hist 371 African American History; Hist 268 US Ethnic and Immigration History; Pol 259 Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion; Phil 225 Critical Race Theory).
Concentration: The concentration defines the core focus of the major. It consists of a minimum of three related courses (typically 9-12 cr), allowing depth of study in a topic or region, and serving as the basic background for the thesis. The concentration must be proposed to and approved by the RES Committee by the end of fall semester of the junior year. Examples of concentrations include Race and Ethnicity in Latin America; Race and Ethnicity in Africa; Race and Ethnicity in the US; African American Studies; Race, Ethnicity, and Gender; Race, Ethnicity, and Class; Race, Ethnicity, and Nation; Race, Ethnicity, and Religion.
Electives: Usually three courses chosen to complement the concentration, such that, in combination with foundational and concentration coursework, the student has worked in three disciplines overall, and has defined a coherent program of study. It is recommended that the student explore more than one geographic area.
Capstone: A senior seminar (4cr) in the fall (RaES 490), in which students discuss common readings and case studies and begin thesis research, and completion of thesis (2cr) in the spring. The oral portion of the major exam will begin with a thesis defense and proceed to a broader synthesis of the student’s work in the major.
Language Requirement: The language requirement places value on the linguistic dimensions of difference and provides students with at least minimal direct exposure to this dimension. The student will complete 12 credits of college-level language study in a language other than the student’s first language. These credits may be earned at Whitman College, through transfer credit from accredited U.S. institutions of higher learning, or from a Whitman approved study abroad program. Ideally all 12 credits will be in the same language; in some cases two languages are permitted.
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