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SOC 2024: Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

This course examines the social construction of race and ethnicity. Students will engage with topics such as: relations among ethnic and racial groups; immigration and patterns of racial and ethnic integration; social structures and processes that perpetuate racial and ethnic stratification; and consideration of the economic, political, social, and health challenges facing racial/ethnic minority groups in the United States.

Why take it?

This course provides students with knowledge of sociological concepts, perspectives, and methods of research that help develop their skills in critical thinking and inquiry. These skills are valuable in numerous academic fields as well as a broad range of careers and professions. More specifically, this course helps equip students to respond knowledgeably and constructively to issues of difference and inequality, both now and in the future.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

This course fulfills Pathways requirements in Reasoning in the Social Sciences, Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States, and Intercultural and Global Awareness.