Our program enables students to engage in interdisciplinary, comparative study of forces that have created a multicultural, multiethnic, and multiracial world. The major emphasizes familiarity with the intellectual traditions and debates surrounding the concepts of indigeneity, ethnicity, nationality, and race; grounding in both the history of migration and its contemporary manifestations; and knowledge of and direct engagement with the cultures, structures, and peoples formed by these migrations.
Prospective majors must consult the director of undergraduate studies early in their academic careers to discuss an individual plan of study and obtain permission to enroll in the major prior to the fall semester of their junior year. The director of undergraduate studies will make sure that all prospective majors have completed proper preparatory coursework as freshman and sophomores.
Students must complete twelve term courses in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, including the senior requirement. There are no prerequisites.
ER&M 200 offers a transnational introductory course on the issues and disciplines involved in the study of ethnicity, race, and migration. Students interested in the major should take this course early in their studies, preferably during either their freshman or sophomore years in preparation for more advanced work in the junior seminar.
In consultation with the DUS, each student defines an area of concentration consisting of six term courses, one of which must be a methods course; these concentration courses do not include the senior essay or project.
Advanced work in the foreign language related to a student’s area of concentration is advised.
Students must take the ERM Junior Seminar in Comparative Ethnic Studies (ER&M 300) an introductory theory and methods course that immerses incoming majors in the overlapping scholarship of ethnic studies, postcolonial studies, and cultural studies that have critically shaped the study of indigeneity, race, ethnicity and migration in the U.S. and around the globe. Because of the major’s emphasis on international and transnational work, students are also encouraged to undertake a semester abroad. Students should consult with the director of undergraduate studies to identify courses from study abroad programs that may count towards the major.
There are two options for the senior requirement. Majors may choose a year-long senior essay or project and take the senior colloquium () on theoretical and methodological issues in the fall and then complete the requirement by writing a senior essay in the senior project seminar () during the spring term.
Alternatively, students may take an upper-level ER&M seminar and write a senior essay of thirty to thirty-five pages in addition to completing all course requirements. This seminar may be taken during either the fall or spring term.
See YCPS for more details.