The Ethnic Studies minor consists of 18 credit hours, nine of which include three core courses: ETH 100 Introduction to Ethnic Studies; ETH 101 Introduction to African American Studies; ETH 102 Introduction to Latino Studies. These core courses incorporate a centric based perspective. A centric perspective maintains that all experiences are culturally grounded. Therefore, when examining ethnic groups from a centric perspective professors offer to students interpretations of ethnic realities based on evidence and data secured from reference to the voice of the ethnic group being studied. In addition to providing students with a centric perspective, attention also focuses on observer perspectives of ethnic groups. Both perspectives are important in providing students with a balanced examination of ethnic groups.
Before the conducting of the Gallup poll of 2008, racism has been the factor behind many years of segregation and prejudices of African Americans. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, African Americans challenged segregation across the land. Segregation is the practice of separating people of different races, classes or ethnic groups, as in schools, housing, and public or commercial facilities. Because of segregation, African Americans were not allowed to attend schools, ride buses, eat at the same lunch counters, or drink from the same water fountains as Whites. Racism and segregation also prevented African Americans from voting in elections. Through peaceful protest, nonviolent resistance, marches, and boycotts, African American in many parts of the