The Ethnic Studies Interdisciplinary Minor no longer accepts students as it will be terminated at the end of the 2015-2016 Academic Year.
he Ethnic Studies Interdisciplinary Minor at Davidson College fosters the interdisciplinary study of ethnicity and race in the United States of America, with emphases on Americans of African descent, Latino/Hispanic Americans, and Native people, including Meso-American societies. Students may choose from three tracks: Africana, Latin American, and Native American. Courses under these rubrics address histories, literatures, and cultural formations that connect people of African and Latino-Hispanic descent, as well as Native Americans to the broader American landscape. Approved courses usually focus on critical, transnational, diasporic, feminist, queer, historical, or postcolonial perspectives.
Examination of these topics allow students to gain a deeper understanding of the legacies of the original peoples of America, and those who were either brought unwillingly or willingly migrated to these shores. ESI minors learn to appreciate cultural differences, and think critically about what it means to be American, all of which contributes to their development as good citizens in a multicultural and multiracial country.