SOC 262 Sociology of Race & Ethnicity • 5 Cr.


Examine the complexities of race and ethnicity in America. Themes include current events, representations in popular culture, the development of a racial self, and/or the interaction of race and social class.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • List basic approaches to the study of race and ethnicity
  • Explain the difference between "race" and "ethnicity"
  • Describe race an ethnic relations from a sociological perspective
  • Articulate how race and ethnicity are social constructs
  • Evaluate claims regarding the concept of race
  • Recall key historical and sociological facts regarding race and ethnic groups
  • Contrast the experiences of selected racial and ethnic groups in the U.S.
  • Compare race and ethnic relations in the United States with selected non-U.S. countries
  • Apply findings of race and ethnic research to one's own life