Minor in Race & Ethnic Studies

Otterbein offers an inter-disciplinary minor in race and ethnic studies through its RES program. The race and ethnic studies program at Otterbein University promotes the critical study of race and ethnicity from disciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspectives.  Courses examine historical and contemporary constructions of race and ethnicity, in national and transnational contexts.

While the program’s primary focus is the United States, RES at Otterbein regards the processes of racialization and ethnic identity formation as occurring across borders and nations.  As the program makes systems of institutionalized marginalization, racial privilege, racial and ethnic superiority, and white supremacist terrorism visible, students gain a critical perspective on both historical and immediate social contexts.  As it considers possibilities for ethnic and racial solidarity, students learn strategies for racial and economic justice.

Requirements – 18 credit hours

Five courses (total) are required to earn a Race and Ethnic Studies minor.  No more than two of the courses taken may come from a single course prefix.  Of those five courses, students must take:

  • Three are elective courses (no more than two of which may be non-domestic)
  • One core course at the 1000 or 2000 level from the following:
    ENG 2230: Studies in African American Literatures
    PHIL 2500: Philosophy of Race and Ethnicity
    PSYC 2410: Diversity in Psychology
  • One core course at the 3000 or 4000 level from the following:
    HIST 3800: U.S. Immigration, Race and Ethnicity
    JAMC 3500: Race, Gender & Class in Media
    SOCL 3060: Sociology of Race and Ethnicity