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Intergroup Relations

IGR Minors

Intergroup relations (IGR) 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 IGR minor requires a minimum of 18 credits, including the following requirements:


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

a. IG 201A - Intergroup/Intragroup Race Dialogues: People of Color/White People

b. IG 201B - Intergroup/Intragroup Race Dialogues: Multiracial Identity

c. IG 201C - Intergroup/Intragroup Race Dialogues: White Racial Identity

d. IG 201D - Intergroup/Intragroup Race Dialogues: People of Color Intragroup

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

a. SO 219 - 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 Experience (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 266 - Diversity In The United States
AM 331 - Critical Whiteness In The U.S.
AM 345H - Disorderly Women
EN 227 - Introduction to African-American Literature
EN 327 - Special Studies in African-American Literature
MU 205 - Special Studies in Music Literature (when topic is Taiko and the Asian American Experience)
SO 208 - Social Inequality
SW 212 - Power, Privilege and Oppression: Advancing Social Justice
TH 338 - Black Theatre

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