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Race, Ethnicity, and Gender

The departmental specialization in Race, Ethnicity, and Gender explores the constructs of race and gender and the way they influence democratic politics, socio-economic processes, and international relations. Topics like immigration, partisanship, international identity, and social policy, among others, would benefit from a solid theoretical grounding of the concepts of race and gender. The specialization aims to provide the theoretical and methodological foundations needed to understand and analyze race, ethnic and gender politics across the sub-fields.

Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Faculty

Tom Nelson and Amanda Robinson

Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Courses

To complete a departmental specialization in Race, Ethnicity and Gender, a student must take two required core courses, and two additional seminars, for a total of 12 credit hours.

  • The first required course is PS 7140 (The Politics of Race and Ethnicity)
  • The second required course is PS 7170 (Politics and Gender) if this is not offered in the department then this requirement can be fulfilled by taking one of three courses offered regularly at the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies:
    • WGSST 7720 Theorizing Power, Institutions, and Economics,
    • WGSS 7780 Theorizing Global and Transnational Feminisms, or
    • WGSS 8860 Topics in Feminist Methodology—Operationalizing Intersectionality

Below is a list of elective courses available within and outside the department that may fit students’ particular interests. These courses are included for reference only. Students must consult with the field coordinator and their advisor for guidance in putting together a program of study.

  • POLITSC 7499 (permanent # tbc) – Toward a Radical Cosmopolitanism
  • POLITSC 7910 – Identity Politics
  • POLITSC 7700 – Political Psychology

African-American and American Studies

  • AAAS 7753 – Graduate Survey in African American and African Studies
  • AAAS 7754 – Methodological Perspectives in African American and African Studies
  • AAAS 7756 – Theorizing Race and Ethnicity

Comparative Studies

  • COMPSTD 7320 – Theorizing Race and Ethnicity


  • HISTORY 7080 – Studies in African American History
  • HISTORY 7083 – African Americans During the 20th Century
  • HISTORY 7086 – The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements
  • HISTORY 7600 – Studies in the History of Women and Gender
  • HISTORY 8600 – Seminar in Women’s/Gender History

Latinx Studies Program

  • COMPSTD 6425 / SPANISH 6705 – Graduate Introduction to Latina/o Studies


  • PSYCH 6870 – Principles of Social Psychology


  • SOCIOL 7756 – Sociology of Immigration
  • SOCIOL 7780 – Racial and Ethnic Differences
  • SOCIOL 7884.06 – Seminar: Race/Ethnic/Minority Relations
  • SOCIOL 7735 – Sociology of Gender
  • SOCIOL 7884.14 – Seminar: Gender

Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies

  • WGSST 7760 – Feminist Inquiry: Methods
  • WGSST 7710 – Theorizing Race, Sexualities and Social Justice
  • WGSST 7720 – Theorizing Power, Institutions, and Economies
  • WGSST 7740 – Theorizing Narrative, Culture and Representation
  • WGSST 7780 – Theorizing Global and Transnational Feminisms
  • WGSST 8820 – Topics in Power Institutions and Economies (upper division version of 7720)
  • WGSST 8880 – Topics in Global and Transnational Feminisms (upper division version of 7780)