Race and the Law

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

The summer minor in Race and the Law is a joint program in the Departments of African American Studies and Ethnic Studies and was created to develop students’ understanding of the fundamental interconnections between race and the law, nationally and internationally. Historically, the law has been instrumental in codifying racial difference and establishing racial hierarchies. Contemporary conflicts over migration, citizenship, indigenous claims to land, and environmental justice are part of a broader history that demands attention to the role of the law in creating and contesting social power. Course offerings will address these issues and demonstrate how law operates an essential component of racialization, and, conversely, why it is impossible to understand U.S. legal history without addressing race. The minor is available to UC Berkeley students, and a certificate is available to students outside of UC Berkeley.

Enrolling in the Minor

UC Berkeley Students

Race and the Law Minor
  1. Enroll for summer 2018 through CalCentral.
  2. In Session A, fill out the Intent to Minor form. Email the form to racelawminor@berkeley.edu, or bring the form to an advisor in the Department of African American Studies or Department of Ethnic Studies.
  3. At the start of Session D, fill out the Completion of L&S Minor form. Email the form to racelawminor@berkeley.edu, or bring the form to an advisor in the Department of African American Studies or Department of Ethnic Studies.
  4. You will receive a Completion of Minor document signed by the chairs of the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Ethnic Studies.

Students Outside of UC Berkeley

Race and the Law Certificate
  1. Enroll for summer 2018 through Berkeley Summer Sessions
  2. At the start of Session D, fill out the Completion of Certificate form. Email the form to racelawminor@berkeley.edu, or bring the form to an advisor in the Department of African American Studies or Department of Ethnic Studies.
  3. You will receive a Certificate of Completion signed by the chairs of the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Ethnic Studies.

Financial Aid

UC Berkeley students who enroll in the Race and the Law Minor are eligible for a $2,000 scholarship. To be awarded the scholarship, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled at UC Berkeley.
  • Complete the academic requirements for the minor by the end of summer 2019.
  • Receive a grade of “C” or higher in all courses for the minor and complete all courses before graduation.
  • Print out or complete the online Completion of L&S Minor form and submit it to the Department of African American Studies or Department of Ethnic Studies within two weeks of the start the final course. 

Submitting the Completion of L&S Minor form will trigger your scholarship application. You will receive an acknowledgment that you have successfully completed the Minor. Your $2,000 scholarship will be posted as “Scholarship” to your CARS account by December of that year. Please note that certificate candidates and students not enrolled at UC Berkeley are not eligible for the scholarship.

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Summer Minor Requirements

Requirements For UC Berkeley Students

Race and the Law Summer Minor

The minor consists of two required core courses and three elective courses taught in two consecutive summer sessions. Students declaring a minor must do so in writing to racelawminor@berkeley.edu. The minor can be completed in one summer or more. 

Requirements For non-UC Berkeley Students

Race and the Law Certificate

The certificate consists of two required core courses and three elective courses taught in two consecutive summer sessions. The certificate can be completed in one summer or more.

Required Core Courses

AFRICAM 136LCriminal Justice and Surveillance in America3
ETH STD 144ACRacism and the U.S. Law: Historical Treatment of Peoples of Color4

Elective Courses

AFRICAM 125ACThe History of the Modern Civil Rights Movement3
AFRICAM 139LSpecial Topics in Race and Law3
ETH STD 180LSelected Topics in Race and the Law3

Academic Advising

Students are encouraged to meet during the semester with the undergraduate adviser to discuss the Race and Law Summer Minor.

Most advising is available during drop-in hours: Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., and by appointment.

Faculty and Instructors

Contact Information

Race and the Law Minor

660 Barrows Hall #2572

Phone: 510-642-7084

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African American Studies Department Chair

Ula Taylor

660 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-642-7084

uyt@berkeley.edu

African American Studies Academic Adviser

Althea Grannum-Cummings

608 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-642-8513

cummings@berkeley.edu

Ethnic Studies Department Chair

Shari Huhndorf, PhD

506 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-643-0796

huhndorf@berkeley.edu

Ethnic Studies Academic Adviser

Laura Jimenez-Olvera

532 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-642-0243

lauraj@berkeley.edu

Ethnic Studies Academic Adviser

Dewey St. Germaine

530 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-643-6420

deweystg@berkeley.edu

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