Race and ethnicity studies is an interdisciplinary major devoted to the critical examination of race and ethnicity, with particualr emphasis on the social construction of these concepts and their comparative evolutions in different societies.

The program of study facilitates students’ critical analysis of how race and ethnicity intersect with conceptions of gender, nation, religion, sexuality, age, and class. Complementing the College’s dedication to global awareness and inquiry, the program connects race and ethnicity to the creation of local, national, and global systems of inequality. Both inside and outside of the classroom, the program fosters an exchange of ideas about identity, multiculturalism, and diversity. Via a multidisciplinary program structure, students examine how various academic disciplines conceive of race and ethnicity and how their approaches differ, inform, and ultimately complement one another. A substantial original research project is required. 

 

Overview

Your Major

Race and Ethnicity Studies (REST) is a program that facilitates your critical analysis of how race and ethnicity intersect with conceptions of gender, nation, religion, sexuality, age, and class. Complementing the College's dedication to global awareness and inquiry, the program connects race and ethnicity to the creation of local, national, and global systems of inequality. 

Your Program of Study

Majoring in REST will enable you to:

  • Comprehend the historical formation and evolution of conceptions of race and ethnicity
  • Distinguish different definitions of race and ethnicity across societies and cultures throughout the world
  • Recognize how structures built upon race and ethnicity continue to impact people in individual, community, national, and international contexts 
  • Understand the relationship between race and ethnicity and conceptions of gender, class, and sexuality
  • Examine, through a multidisciplinary program structure, how various academic disciplines conceive of race and ethnicity and how their approaches differ, inform, and ultimately complement one another
  • Complete the program by demonstrating your ability to produce a substantial original project concerning race and ethnicity  

Your Faculty

The REST major allows both you and members of the Salem faculty from all disciplines to participate in exciting studies together. The REST major encourages the development of courses in areas such as Africana studies, Asian studies, Latin-American studies, and Middle Eastern studies, among others. You will have access to a range of faculty members and departmental offerings to support and enhance your REST major. 

Your Results 

REST strengthens relationships between the College and a variety of area organizations and educational institutions, meaning that you will have opportunities for special studies, internships, and projects with organizations such as Winston-Salem State University, the Winston-Salem Foundation, and the International Civil Rights Center/Museum in Greensboro, NC.

Major/Minor

Race and Ethnicity Studies Major (BA)

The major in race and ethnicity studies requires a minimum of thirty-three semester hours: a three-course core and eight electives taken from at least four different disciplines.

Required core courses

  • REST 210/HIST 215. Critical Issues in the History of Race and Ethnicity (3 hrs)
  • REST 202/SOCI 202. Race and Ethnic Relations (3 hrs)
  • REST 380. Senior Project in Race and Ethnicity Studies (3 hrs)

Major electives—eight courses (24 hrs min.) from a minimum of four different disciplines: See list following the minor.

No more than four courses may count toward both race and ethnicity studies and toward a second major.


Race and Ethnicity Studies Minor

The race and ethnicity studies minor requires the completion of six courses for a minimum of eighteen semester hours. At least three of the six courses (9 hrs, minimum) must be taken at Salem.

Required courses:

  • REST 202. Race and Ethnic Relations (3 hrs)
  • REST 210/HIST 215. Critical Issues in the History of Race and Ethnicity (3 hrs)

Minor Electives: select four courses from a minimum of three different disciplines (see list of courses below)


Courses that may be used to fulfill the elective requirements for the major or minor

  • BIOL 070. Issues in Biology for Women (3 hrs)
  • COMM 170. Intercultural Communication (3 hrs)
  • COMM 321. Community Communication (3 hrs)
  • DANC 104. History of Dance (3 hrs)
  • ENGL 249. Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in Shakespeare (3 hrs)
  • ENGL 293. The Culture of African American Literature (3 hrs)
  • ENGL 295. Dream and Reality: Literature of the American South (3 hrs)
  • ENGL 325. Modern Writings from Women of the Non-Western World: Global Literature (4 hrs)
  • ENGL 349. Race, Culture, and Identity in Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (3 hrs)
  • FREN 216. Francophone Literature (3 hrs)
  • HIST 205. History of the American South (3 hrs)
  • HIST 209. African American History (3 hrs)
  • HIST 221. American Women’s History (3 hrs)
  • HIST 237. Europe’s Radical Century, 1815-1914 (3 hrs)
  • HIST 257. Modern Europe, 1914 to the Present (3 hrs)
  • HIST 265. U.S. Constitutional and Legal History (3 hrs)
  • HIST 269. America in Our Time: 1945-Present (3 hrs)
  • HIST 281. Ottoman Empire (3 hrs)
  • HIST 285. Modern East Asia (3 hrs)
  • HIST 286. Modern Japan (3 hrs)
  • POLI 225. International Security (3 hrs)
  • POLI 245. International Development (3 hrs)
  • RELI 240. Religion in America (3 hrs)
  • REST 270. Internship in Race and Ethnicity (3 hrs min.)
  • SOCI 220. Social Stratification (3 hrs)
  • SOCI 230. Sociology of Gender (3 hrs)
  • SOCI 240. Globalization and Global Inequities (3 hrs)
  • SOCI 270. Criminology (3 hrs)
  • SOCI 280. Urban Community (3 hrs)
  • SPAN 228. Latin America (3 hrs)
  • SPAN 263. Hispanic American Literature (3 hrs)
  • WMST 204. Introduction to Women’s Studies (3 hrs)
  • WMST 210. Feminist Theory: Lenses and Methodologies (3 hrs)

Additional special topics, honors, and other courses under development may be approved as minor electives by the program’s coordinator. 

Courses

REST 200. Independent Study in Race and Ethnicity Studies (1-4 hrs)

Independent study under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Open to students with a 2.0 cumulative G.P.A. and permission of the coordinator. Independent study may take the form of readings, research, or project. Independent study may be taken for a total of four courses, no more than two in any one term.

REST 202. Race and Ethnic Relations (3 hrs)

A socio-historical analysis of the interaction of racial and ethnic groups and the American environment. This will include the social, economic, and political aspects of racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Cross-listed with SOCI 202. (GA)

REST 210. Critical Issues in the History of Race and Ethnicity (3 hrs)

This course introduces students to the critical analysis of race and ethnicity, with a focus on comprehending theoretical approaches to the study of race and ethnicity prevalent in the United States and throughout the world. Cross-listed with HIST 215. (GA)

REST 220. Special Topics in Race and Ethnicity Studies (1-4 hrs)

Intensive investigation of a topic or problem in the study of race and ethnicity. The specific content and methods of study will be announced prior to the beginning of the course.

REST 270. Internship in Race and Ethnicity Studies (1-4 hrs)

This course provides an opportunity to use the knowledge and skills learned in coursework to solve problems in a real work setting. The apprenticeship aspect of the internship implies that the student has some base of knowledge and will increase her knowledge and skills by direct contact with an experienced, knowledgeable mentor. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a 2.0 cumulative G.P.A. May be taken only once for credit toward the REST major. Prerequisite: permission of the coordinator.

REST 290. Honors Independent Study in Race and Ethnicity Studies (3-4 hrs)

Advanced independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Open to juniors and seniors with a 3.5 G.P.A.in the courses constituting the major and permission of the coordinator. Honors Independent Study may be taken for a maximum of two courses.

REST 380. Senior Project in Race and Ethnicity Studies (3 hrs)

In this course, students will develop a substantial, original research project concerning race and/or ethnicity. Required of majors in their senior year. Juniors may take this course will permission of instructor.

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Your Major

Race and Ethnicity Studies (REST) is a program that facilitates your critical analysis of how race and ethnicity intersect with conceptions of gender, nation, religion, sexuality, age, and class. Complementing the College's dedication to global awareness and inquiry, the program connects race and ethnicity to the creation of local, national, and global systems of inequality. 

Your Program of Study

Majoring in REST will enable you to:

  • Comprehend the historical formation and evolution of conceptions of race and ethnicity
  • Distinguish different definitions of race and ethnicity across societies and cultures throughout the world
  • Recognize how structures built upon race and ethnicity continue to impact people in individual, community, national, and international contexts 
  • Understand the relationship between race and ethnicity and conceptions of gender, class, and sexuality
  • Examine, through a multidisciplinary program structure, how various academic disciplines conceive of race and ethnicity and how their approaches differ, inform, and ultimately complement one another
  • Complete the program by demonstrating your ability to produce a substantial original project concerning race and ethnicity  

Your Faculty

The REST major allows both you and members of the Salem faculty from all disciplines to participate in exciting studies together. The REST major encourages the development of courses in areas such as Africana studies, Asian studies, Latin-American studies, and Middle Eastern studies, among others. You will have access to a range of faculty members and departmental offerings to support and enhance your REST major. 

Your Results 

REST strengthens relationships between the College and a variety of area organizations and educational institutions, meaning that you will have opportunities for special studies, internships, and projects with organizations such as Winston-Salem State University, the Winston-Salem Foundation, and the International Civil Rights Center/Museum in Greensboro, NC.

Race and Ethnicity Studies Major (BA)

The major in race and ethnicity studies requires a minimum of thirty-three semester hours: a three-course core and eight electives taken from at least four different disciplines.

Required core courses

  • REST 210/HIST 215. Critical Issues in the History of Race and Ethnicity (3 hrs)
  • REST 202/SOCI 202. Race and Ethnic Relations (3 hrs)
  • REST 380. Senior Project in Race and Ethnicity Studies (3 hrs)

Major electives—eight courses (24 hrs min.) from a minimum of four different disciplines: See list following the minor.

No more than four courses may count toward both race and ethnicity studies and toward a second major.


Race and Ethnicity Studies Minor

The race and ethnicity studies minor requires the completion of six courses for a minimum of eighteen semester hours. At least three of the six courses (9 hrs, minimum) must be taken at Salem.

Required courses:

  • REST 202. Race and Ethnic Relations (3 hrs)
  • REST 210/HIST 215. Critical Issues in the History of Race and Ethnicity (3 hrs)

Minor Electives: select four courses from a minimum of three different disciplines (see list of courses below)


Courses that may be used to fulfill the elective requirements for the major or minor

  • BIOL 070. Issues in Biology for Women (3 hrs)
  • COMM 170. Intercultural Communication (3 hrs)
  • COMM 321. Community Communication (3 hrs)
  • DANC 104. History of Dance (3 hrs)
  • ENGL 249. Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in Shakespeare (3 hrs)
  • ENGL 293. The Culture of African American Literature (3 hrs)
  • ENGL 295. Dream and Reality: Literature of the American South (3 hrs)
  • ENGL 325. Modern Writings from Women of the Non-Western World: Global Literature (4 hrs)
  • ENGL 349. Race, Culture, and Identity in Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (3 hrs)
  • FREN 216. Francophone Literature (3 hrs)
  • HIST 205. History of the American South (3 hrs)
  • HIST 209. African American History (3 hrs)
  • HIST 221. American Women’s History (3 hrs)
  • HIST 237. Europe’s Radical Century, 1815-1914 (3 hrs)
  • HIST 257. Modern Europe, 1914 to the Present (3 hrs)
  • HIST 265. U.S. Constitutional and Legal History (3 hrs)
  • HIST 269. America in Our Time: 1945-Present (3 hrs)
  • HIST 281. Ottoman Empire (3 hrs)
  • HIST 285. Modern East Asia (3 hrs)
  • HIST 286. Modern Japan (3 hrs)
  • POLI 225. International Security (3 hrs)
  • POLI 245. International Development (3 hrs)
  • RELI 240. Religion in America (3 hrs)
  • REST 270. Internship in Race and Ethnicity (3 hrs min.)
  • SOCI 220. Social Stratification (3 hrs)
  • SOCI 230. Sociology of Gender (3 hrs)
  • SOCI 240. Globalization and Global Inequities (3 hrs)
  • SOCI 270. Criminology (3 hrs)
  • SOCI 280. Urban Community (3 hrs)
  • SPAN 228. Latin America (3 hrs)
  • SPAN 263. Hispanic American Literature (3 hrs)
  • WMST 204. Introduction to Women’s Studies (3 hrs)
  • WMST 210. Feminist Theory: Lenses and Methodologies (3 hrs)

Additional special topics, honors, and other courses under development may be approved as minor electives by the program’s coordinator. 

REST 200. Independent Study in Race and Ethnicity Studies (1-4 hrs)

Independent study under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Open to students with a 2.0 cumulative G.P.A. and permission of the coordinator. Independent study may take the form of readings, research, or project. Independent study may be taken for a total of four courses, no more than two in any one term.

REST 202. Race and Ethnic Relations (3 hrs)

A socio-historical analysis of the interaction of racial and ethnic groups and the American environment. This will include the social, economic, and political aspects of racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Cross-listed with SOCI 202. (GA)

REST 210. Critical Issues in the History of Race and Ethnicity (3 hrs)

This course introduces students to the critical analysis of race and ethnicity, with a focus on comprehending theoretical approaches to the study of race and ethnicity prevalent in the United States and throughout the world. Cross-listed with HIST 215. (GA)

REST 220. Special Topics in Race and Ethnicity Studies (1-4 hrs)

Intensive investigation of a topic or problem in the study of race and ethnicity. The specific content and methods of study will be announced prior to the beginning of the course.

REST 270. Internship in Race and Ethnicity Studies (1-4 hrs)

This course provides an opportunity to use the knowledge and skills learned in coursework to solve problems in a real work setting. The apprenticeship aspect of the internship implies that the student has some base of knowledge and will increase her knowledge and skills by direct contact with an experienced, knowledgeable mentor. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a 2.0 cumulative G.P.A. May be taken only once for credit toward the REST major. Prerequisite: permission of the coordinator.

REST 290. Honors Independent Study in Race and Ethnicity Studies (3-4 hrs)

Advanced independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Open to juniors and seniors with a 3.5 G.P.A.in the courses constituting the major and permission of the coordinator. Honors Independent Study may be taken for a maximum of two courses.

REST 380. Senior Project in Race and Ethnicity Studies (3 hrs)

In this course, students will develop a substantial, original research project concerning race and/or ethnicity. Required of majors in their senior year. Juniors may take this course will permission of instructor.