Bringing Race and Ethnicity to the Classroom

History Department Joins Institute on Race and Ethnicity to Offer New Minor

The UALR History Department is working in conjunction with the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity to offer a minor in Race and Ethnicity beginning this fall.

The minor option is already beginning to attract interest from students according to Dr. John Kirk, chair of the Department of History, and academic adviser for the minor.

The minor includes six hours of required coursework – “Introduction to Race and Ethnicity” (RACE 2301), taught in the fall semester, and “History of Race and Ethnicity in the United States” (RACE/HIST 4356/5356), taught each spring semester. In addition to the required courses, students pursuing the minor will take 12 hours of elective classes.

Examples of electives include “Race, Ethnicity, and Crime,” a criminal justice course (CRJU 3310), “The Indian in American History” (HIST 3380), and “Race and Human Variation,” an anthropology course (ANTH 4398).

“The minor in race and ethnicity coincides with the creation of the Institute on Race and Ethnicity,” said Adjoa A. Aiyetoro, director of the institute. “Educating the community on issues of racial and ethnic justice in Arkansas must include offering students interested in this topic an academic course of study.”

For more information, see the Race and Ethnicity Minor webpage, or contact Adjoa A. Aiyetoro or Dr. John Kirk.


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