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    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Race and American Politics: Then and Now

    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Race and American Politics: Then and Now


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day, Residential
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: June
    • Session Length: Two Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Academic
    • Sub-Categories: Politics and Diplomacy
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
    • Credit Awarded: Yes
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    Learn about Summer 2022 Pre-College opportunities at UMass Amherst. Our residential and online pre-college programs are designed to give you a preview of the UMass student experience, including college-level academics and being part of a learning community of high school students from all across the U.S. and the world. Our programs feature faculty-led courses, state-of-the-art facilities, and the #1 campus dining in the U.S., as ranked by the Princeton Review.

    What is race?_________________________ How can we come to understand our American political systems in terms of it? In this introductory Political Science course for high school students, these two questions will be the basis of our exploration of race and its dynamic role in shaping American politics in the past and continually in the present.

    In thinking about race, we think it takes on one role and remains the same, but in this course we will explore the "rollercoaster ride" that is the influence of racial oppression on American political systems and the very fabric of American society. To critically analyze this, we will address the main perspectives, debates and controversies within the field of race and American politics, to better understand the (mostly under-acknowledged) extensive history of racial subjugation within the foundations of America.


    This course is offered at the UMass Amherst campus as a residential program. Local students may apply to attend as a commuter.