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Pathway to General Knowledge of Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.

Use this list to identify and select a maximum 3 hours (1 course) that will enhance your general knowledge of Race and Ethnicity in the U.S and further introduce you to its interdisciplinary subfields of study. 

  • AMS 100.  Introduction to American Studies
  • AMS 101.  Introduction to American Studies, Honors
  • AMS 110. American Identities
  • AMS 111.  American Identities, Honors
  • AMS 330. American Society
  • AMS 344.  Case Study in American Studies ___________
  • AMS 522. American Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • HIST 109 The Black Experience in the Americas (Same as AAAS 106)

Pathway to Depth of Knowledge in Studies of Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.

These courses build on the core race and ethnicity concepts, key terms, theoretical, and analytical approaches that are learned and developed in the core and general knowledge courses.  Use this list to identify and select at least 6 hours (2 courses) to further develop a mastery of knowledge and analytical skills related to one or more subfields in the study of race and ethnicity in the U.S.

  • AAAS 306. The Black Experience in the U.S. Since Emancipation
  • AAAS 322. Legal Issues and the African American
  • AAAS 323. African-American Studies In: _____
  • AAAS 324. African-American Studies In: _____, Honors
  • AAAS 388. The Black Woman.
  • AAAS 400. Readings in: _____
  • AAAS 460. Topics and Problems in African and African-American Studies
  • AAAS 510. Comparative Racial and Ethnic Relations (Same as AMS 534 and SOC 534)
  • AAAS 511. The Civil Rights Movement
  • AAAS 523. African-American Studies in: _____
  • AAAS 524. African-American Studies In: _____, Honors
  • AAAS 525. Social History of Black Aging in America
  • AAAS 534. The Rhetoric of Black Americans (Same as COMS 551)
  • AAAS 560. Race, Gender, and Post-Colonial Discourses (Same as WGSS 560)
  • AAAS 565. Gender, Culture, and Migration (Same as AMS 565 and WGSS 565)
  • AAAS 574. Slavery in the New World (Same as HIST 574)
  • AAAS 585. Race and the American Theatre (Same as AMS 529 and THR 529)
  • AAAS 611. History of the Black Power Movement
  • AAAS 630. The Life and Intellectual Thought of W.E.B. Du Bois
  • AMS 317. African American Women: Colonial Era to the Present (Same as AAAS 317, HIST 317, and WGSS 317)
  • AMS 320. Border Patrolled States
  • AMS 340. Black Leadership
  • AMS 344. Case Study in American Studies: _____
  • AMS 494. Topics in: _____
  • AMS 520. Topics in Latino Studies: _____ (may be repeated for credit as the topic changes)
  • AMS 534. Comparative Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • AMS 536. Ethnicity in the United States: _____
  • AMS 540. Culture, Space and Power in Urban America
  • AMS 565. Gender, Culture, and Migration
  • AMS 650. Jazz and American Culture
  • ANTH 376. North American Indians
  • ANTH 400. Topics in Anthropology, Honors: _____
  • ANTH 465. Genocide and Ethnocide
  • ANTH 562. Mexamerica
  • ANTH 563. Cultural Diversity in the United States
  • C&T 235.  Multicultural Education
  • ENGL 305 World Indigenous Literatures (Same as ISP 305)
  • ENGL 317 Topics in American Literature to 1865_____
  • ENGL 318 Topics in American Literature since 1865_____
  • ENGL 324 Contemporary Authors_______
  • ENGL 327 Studies in 20th Century Drama______
  • ENGL 328 Literature and Film_______
  • ENGL 334 Major Authors_____
  • ENGL 336 Jewish American Literature and Culture (Same as JWSH 336)
  • ENGL 337 Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature
  • ENGL 338 Introduction to African-American Literature
  • ENGL 339 Introduction to Caribbean Literature (Same as AAAS 333)
  • ENGL 340 Topics in Ethnic Literature______
  • ENGL 341 American Literature of Social Justice
  • ENGL 534 Major Authors _____
  • ENGL 570 Topics in American Literature ______
  • ENGL 571 American Indian Literature
  • ENGL 573 U.S. Latina/o Literature _____
  • ENGL 574 African American Literature
  • ENGL 576 Advanced Topics in American Literature to 1865____ (Same as AMS 554)
  • ENGL 577 Advanced Topics in American Literature since 1865____ (Same as AMS 555)
  • HIST 317 African American Women: Colonial Era to the Present (Same as AAAS 317, AMS 317, and WGSS 317)
  • HIST 326 Native American Civilizations and their European Conquerors
  • HIST 338. African American Urban Community and Class in the Midwest (Same as AAAS 328)
  • HIST 351 American Indian and White Relations to 1865 (Same as HWC 348 and ISP 348)
  • HIST 352 American Indians Since 1865 (Same as HWC 350 and ISP 350)
  • HIST 353 Indigenous Peoples of North America
  • HIST 354 Spanish Borderlands in North America
  • HIST 534 Captivity in America, 1492-1800
  • HIST 611 Early American Indian History
  • HIST 612 History of Federal Indian Law and Policy
  • HIST 613 Slavery and Freedom in the Age of Jackson
  • HIST 619 History of the American Indian
  • HIST 622 History of the Plains Indians
  • HIST 631 The Contemporary Afro-American Experience
  • HWC 335. Introduction to Indigenous Studies
  • HWC 348. American Indian and White Relations to 1865
  • HWC 350. American Indians since 1865
  • HWC 490. Roots of Federal Indian Policy
  • JWSH 336 Jewish American Literature and Culture (Same as ENGL 336)
  • JWSH 338 Languages of the Jews
  • JWSH 350 Contemporary Jewish Identities
  • JWSH 600 Topics in: Becoming White: Ethnicity in the US
  • POLS 310. Contemporary Issues in U.S. Politics
  • POLS 320. Introduction to Public Policy
  • POLS 492. Field Work in Politics and Policy-Making
  • POLS 494. Washington Semester Intern Seminar
  • POLS 495. Topeka Semester Intern Seminar
  • POLS 512. Latino Politics
  • POLS 516. Public Opinion and American Democracy
  • POLS 528. Environmental Justice and Public Policy (Same as EVRN 528)
  • POLS 553. Comparative Environmental Politics (Same as EVRN 553)
  • POLS 614. Urban Politics
  • POLS 619. Topics in American Politics: ______
  • POLS 629. Topics in Public Policy: __________
  • POLS 630. Politics of Identity (Same as WGSS 630)
  • SOC 342. Sociology of Immigration
  • SOC 521. Wealth, Power, and Inequality
  • SOC 522. American Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 524. Sociology of the Economy
  • SOC 534. Comparative Racial and Ethnic Relations (Same as AAAS 510 and AMS 534)
  • SOC 536. Ethnicity in the United States: _____ (Same as AMS 536)
  • SOC 598. Practicum in Crime and Delinquency Studies
  • SOC 600. Sociological Perspectives: _____
  • SOC 650. Transnational Migration
  • SOC 671. Social Movements
  • WGSS 317. African American Women: Colonial Era to the Present (Same as AAAS 317, AMS 317, and HIST 317)
  • WGSS 560. Race, Gender, and Post-Colonial Discourses (Same as AAAS 560)
  • WGSS 565. Gender, Culture, and Migration (Same as AAAS 565 and AMS 565)


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