Spring 2024

Race, Education, and Belonging

Listed in: , as EDST-200  |  American Studies, as AMST-200  |  Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-200


Kristen V. Luschen (Section 01)


(Offered as AMST 200, EDST 200, and SOCI 200) Disproportionate numbers of students of color drop out or disengage from schools in America each year. Responding to the framework of “drop out,” critical educational scholars have argued that many school practices, policies, and cultures “push out” already marginalized students, or at the very least, do not take sufficient steps to create an inclusive culture that supports all students’ participation and sense of belonging. This course examines the ways in which race and racism influence political, social, cultural, and institutional belonging. This interdisciplinary course will draw on theory and research from the fields of education, sociology, and ethnic studies to examine the conditions of schooling that prompt students’ formal and less formal forms of school disengagement. We will explore how educational institutions, educators, and their community partners support students’ access to and engagement with education. We will examine educational reform practices that strive to cultivate a culture of belonging and community in schools. As part of this course, students will collaboratively work toward a community-engaged project centered on college access.

Limited to 18 students. Spring semester. Visiting Professor Luschen.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference given to American Studies and Education Studies majors in their sophomore and junior year.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: an emphasis on written work, readings, oral presentations, group work, community-engaged learning.

AMST 200 - LEC

Section 01
M 3:00 PM - 4:20 PM SCCE E212
W 3:00 PM - 4:20 PM SCCE E212

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Geographies of Campus Inequality: Mapping the Diverse Experiences of First-Generation Students Oxford University Press Janel Benson & Elizabeth Lee. Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Fall 2019, Spring 2023