Program Director: Jonathan A. Majak
Assistant Professor: Shillinger

Ethinic and Racial Studies Program
(Open to students in all and colleges within the university)- 14 credits, including six credits from the core: ANT 343,ENG 207, 210, 215, 460; FLG(SPA) 395; HST 299, 301, 302, 361; POL 353; SOC 225; ERS 100,300 and six credits of electives from the core or from the following related course work: ANT 101; GEO 312; HST 363, 364, 375, 376, 382; POL 300, 371,; EFN 465; or SOC 311 plus the two credit ERS 490.


Institute for Ethnic and Racial Studies
This program is designed to provide students with exposure to the field of ethnic studies. Courses offered relate to African, Asian/Pacific Islanders Hispanic, and Native Americans. These courses focus on an examination of the experiences of these minorities in the United States.

The primary objective of the Institute is to develop an foster knowledge and appreciation of the multiracial and multicultural reality of the American society. Those students seeking certification in ethnic and racial studies must complete a minimum of 14 credits; five required from the Institute, and nine electives from participating departments. For more information see the ethnic and racial studies director.


+ above a course number indicates a General Education course.


ERS 100 Cr. 3
Introduction to Minority Cultures in the United States
An examination of the persistence of minority and ethnic problems in the Unites States and consideration of the contributions, parallels, similarities, and differences between and among ethnic and minority groups.

ERS 207 Cr. 3
Multicultural Literature of the Unites States
This course examines cultural themes in American literature in an effort to enhance student awareness of the multi-ethnic nature of America culture. Students engage in close reading, discussion, analysis, and interpretation of texts written by individuals from a variety of American ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Content varies with instructors. Prerequisite: ENG 110.(Cross-listed with ENG 207; may only earn credit in ERS or ENG.)

ERS/ENG 210 Cr.3
The Literature of Black America
Survey and exploration of Black American prose and poetry from their eighteenth century beginnings to the end of the Harlem Renaissance and the depression years. Prerequisite: ENG 110. (Cross-listed with ENG ; may only earn credit in ERS or ENG.)

ERS/ENG 215 Cr. 3
African American Authors
A study of the principal post-depression (1940-present) African American authors, critics and scholars which clarifies the relationship between these writes and the general field of American literature and which illustrates their unique contributions as representatives of African American culture Prerequisite: ENG 110.(Cross-listed with ENG 207; may only earn credit in ERS or ENG.)


ERS 300 Cr. 1-3
Topics and Symposium in Ethnic and Racial Studies
Topics selected by the individual instructor or by the students and instructor together. Special interest of both instructor and students such as Black drama or Native American art. Or other areas of concern which are either not covered or briefly dealt with in formal course work may be the vehicles for this offering. Repeatable for credit- maximum 6.

ERS 400/5000 Cr.1-3
Individual Study in Ethnic and Racial Studies
Directed reading and research under the supervision of an instructor. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6.

ERS 410/510 Cr. 3
Contemporary Issues in Ethnic and Racial Studies
An introduction to ethnic minority groups in the Unites States today emphasizing the historical antecedents of contemporary issues with particular attention to the problems of ethnic groups an educational institutions. Offered Sem. I.

ERS 490 Cr. 3
Ethnic and Racial Studies Seminar
Integration and evaluation of the study of minority groups in the United States and an assessment of minorities' contributions to American society.