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Intergroup Relations


Intergroup Relations (Intergroup Relations) is designed for students with a curricular interest in race, social justice, and dialogic pedagogies.  Intergroup Relations courses provide students with a foundation in understanding conceptual and theoretical knowledge related to race, racism, and racial identity development in the U.S.  The program also helps students bridge theory (content) with practice (process) by applying communication and facilitation skills within intergroup and intragroup dialogue settings.  In addition, skills learned in Intergroup Relations courses are applicable to the “real world” – including preparing students to enter graduate programs focused on social action, work in diverse workplaces, and successfully navigate a global society.

The Intergroup Relations minor requires a minimum of 18 credits, including the following requirements:

1. Intergroup/Intragroup Race Dialogue Course, either A, B, or C (2 credits)

a. IG 201A: People of Color/White People
b. IG 201B: Multiracial Identity
c. IG 201C: White Racial Identity

2. Foundational Course in Race, Racism, and Dialogue (4 credits)

a. SO 219C: Race and Power

3. Facilitator Training Application Course

a. IG 361: Racial Identities: Theory and Praxis (4 credits) or SO 361: Racial Identities: Theory and Praxis (4 credits)

4. Capstone Course (5 credits total)

a. IG 364: Practicum in Facilitating (3 credits) taken concurrently with IG 365
b. IG 365: Dialogue Facilitation (2 credits) taken concurrently with IG 364

5. At least one of the following elective courses (3 or 4 credits)

a. Choice of courses that provide a theoretical foundation focused on a particular racial identity group and/or a race-focused topical area.  Other courses with identity foci that demonstrate intersectionality with race will also be considered by the Program Director. Examples include:

AM 260J: Diversity in the U.S. (R. Krefting)
AM 331: Critical Whiteness in the U.S. (R. Krefting)
AM 376E: Disorderly Women (R. Krefting)
EN 227: Intro to African American Literature (M. Stokes; J. Casey)
EN 327: Special Studies in African American Literature (M. Stokes)
MU 205: Taiko and the Asian American Experience (L. Bryant)
SO 208: Social Inequalities (J. Brueggemann)
SW 212: Social Work Values and Populations at Risk (P. McCarthy)