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ETHS 316 Race and Religion

This course explores the role and function of religion in the lives of American racial and ethnic groups. It also addresses how religious belief has helped different racial groups in sustaining their struggle for survival and inspiring their lives. Topics covered include the concepts of identity, selfhood, community, spirituality, social responsibility, salvation and freedom. Certain religious tradition, such as African American, American Indian and Asian American, are discussed in the light of histories of the groups. Significant focus is given to issues of race and racism. (Also listed as RELS 333 Race and Religion)

Special information

Overlap: RELS 333 Race and Religion
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 26, 2006 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Evaluate and assess the influence of religion on communities of color's response to issues of struggles.
  • Recognize the intersection of race, gender, class, sexuality and other social categories of differences and their role in shaping communities of color's cultures and belief systems.
  • Understand and analyze the role religion plays in the lives of individuals and society, especially in the history of struggle of racialized groups.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 7: Human Diversity

  • Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States' history and culture.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  • Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
  • Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
  • Demonstrate communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.

Spring 2023

Section Title Instructor
50 Race and Religion Lewis, Nantawan B Books Course details