This course is an examination of how the concept of race is understood by social scientists and how it shapes thinking in the discipline. It addresses long-held contentions and prejudices surrounding the notions of race, including race as a biological reality and the more contemporary idea of it as a product of social constructionism. The course will also provide intellectual tools for interpreting behaviors and policies that have potential racialized outcomes in American culture and society. PR: HIST101, 102, 105, 106; PSYC 103; SOCI 210; or POSC 200, 210.
A study of the fundamental principles of social stratification with emphasis on the American class system. Attention given to the universality of social class and the persistence of social inequality in the United States. PR: SOCI 210. Fall.
A study of the contributions and status of African-Americans in U.S. society from 1619 through the Civil War and Reconstruction. PR: HIST 105 or 106. Fall.
A study of the contributions and status of African-Americans in U.S. society from the post-Reconstruction period to the present. PR: HIST 105 or 106. Spring.
Study of the historical, political, social, economic and cultural aspects of American
civilization since 1865. Spring.