This course uses a multidisciplinary lens to analyze American racial attitudes and beliefs over time, emphasizing the historical roots of American racism and how racial perceptions have evolved as material circumstances and ideological traditions changed. Readings, lectures, discussion, and guest speakers address both progressive and regressive racial attitudes. The student explores how racial attitudes in culture, politics, work, gender relations, violence, religion, and ethnicity profoundly shape twenty-first century America.
School of General Education
3 hours of lecture per week