Political Science: Race Relations

Summer 2022

Session Dates: June 26 - July 9, 2022

Location: On-Campus

Exploring important issues surrounding the politics of race.

Projections show that the United States is quickly becoming a minority-majority nation. U.S. Census data suggests that by 2044, over half of the population will be non-white. Given these projections, it is important that we understand how different racial groups interact with one another socially and politically.

Academic research often focuses on white-minority relations, yet given future demographics, it is of growing importance to understand intra-minority relations. This course will focus primarily on Black-Latinx relations, while offering comparisons to their Asian and White counterparts. We will begin by focusing on the important issues and topics that Black and Latinx groups encounter in the US. After grounding the groups in their individual contexts, we will take on various political issues to determine how Black and Latinx groups work together (or against each other). This course will also ground those arguments around theories of threat, contact, and group positioning, among others.

At the end of the course, students will have a nuanced perspective on race-relations that is not easily explained by notions of complete solidarity or discrimination, but a complicated relationship that is operationalized through state actors and white supremacy. 

  • LMU is planning to offer in-person pre-college summer programs in 2022. Political Science: Race Relations will be a residential program on LMU's Los Angeles-area campus. There are no commuter options at this time - all participants are required to live on campus for the duration of their program.

    • Gain an important understanding of the social and political interactions between different groups in the United States
    • Assess and analyze key works of scholarship and apply critical reasoning to contemporary debates
    • Engage in mature reflection and active political discussion 
  • Application Fee: $65

    2022 Program Cost: Program costs will be announced in October

    The program cost includes:

    • Tuition for online two-week, non-credit course
    • Housing for two weeks
    • Course materials
    • Use of campus recreation facilities
    • Class field trips
    • Two weekend social trips off campus

    For additional information about program tuition and fees and payment options, please visit our Fees Page


  • This class is open to rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.


    • Online Application
    • Personal Essay: Read the Prompt Now
    • Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or counselor
    • High School Transcripts
    • $65 Application Fee
    • TOEFL Scores (for International applicants whose primary language is not English)


    Applications for our 2022 pre-college summer programs will open beginning November 15, 2021.

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