This introductory course will provide students with an overview of the sociological study of race and ethnicity. The course will begin with an examination of current theoretical understandings of race as a socially constructed category and the historical backdrop against which this idea developed. We then move to a theoretically informed examination of empirical sociological literature related to race, ethnicity, and racism in the United States. We will also discuss how other forms of social status, such as gender, class, and citizenship, intersect with race to deepen or lessen inequality. This course will include lectures, discussion, and analysis of readings and documentaries.