SOC-251: Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Society

Liberal Arts
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Society
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Introduces the sociological study of ethnic and racial groups. Explores key concepts and issues in connection with definitions of race and ethnicity, immigration, patterns of group inequality and domination, discrimination, and prejudice. Focuses on the diversity of U.S. society and explores the experiences of Native Americans and immigrant groups, including those from Africa, Asia, and Europe. Examines current patterns and consequences of immigration as well as ethnic and racial diversity in other societies.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Understanding Race and Ethnicity (objectives 1,6).
  2. The Legacy of Colonialism (objectives 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).
  3. Historic and Contemporary Social Movements (objective 2, 4).
  4. Historic and Contemporary issues concerning Affirmative Action (objectives 3, 5).
  5. Contemporary issues concerning Multi-cultural Education in the United States (objective 4).
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Distinguish race from ethnicity.
  2. Identify both contemporary and historical patterns of ethnic and racial inequality in U.S. and globally.
  3. Define and illustrate biological, cultural, and structural explanations as they relate to race and social stratification.
  4. Distinguish the differences and commonalities that exist between racism, prejudice, ethnocentrism, nationalism, and colonialism.
  5. Describe social stratification as it relates to racism in the United States.
  6. Analyze the significance of race and ethnicity in relationship to social mobility in the United States, and identify structural causes of inequality to support the analysis.*

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Each instructor will identify and implement appropriate methods to assess the achievement of the learning objectives for the course.


General Education Categories
  • Social Sciences
Institutional Outcomes
  • Civil Society and Culture - U.S. and Global
MTA Categories
  • Category 4: Social Sciences

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by department

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2014
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date