Course Overview

(Official Name: Racial and Ethnic Inequalities – SOC 248)

This course will expose students to historical and contemporary thinking on race and ethnicity from a sociological perspective. In this course, students will engage with discourses about race and ethnicity by completing daily readings, watching documentaries, discussing contemporary news stories, and submitting weekly homework assignments. Through these assignments students will grapple with how race and ethnicity intersect with other aspects of identity (e.g., immigrant status, national origins, and social class) to shape a person’s life. By taking this course, students will develop the foundational tools needed to critically analyze and discuss the impact of race and ethnicity in their own lives and the lives of others.

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University credit transcript.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand and explain major theories used to explain racial and ethnic inequality
  • Be able to identify and describe how race and ethnicity affect a person’s life chances
  • Gain fluency with talking about issues related to racial and ethnic inequality
  • Articulate how immigrant status, national origins, social class, and other forms of difference shape various groups’ experiences of racial and ethnic inequality

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: SOC 248

Format: Online

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school junior, or senior status – or a 2024 high school graduate. 

Credit: 3 credits

Grading: A-F

Cost: $3,075
Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees. Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Information

Summer College – Online: Explore college life before stepping foot on campus! High school students can enroll in a college-level course, pursue their academic interests, and meet likeminded students in daily virtual events and activities.

“Syracuse University Summer College was empowering in every way possible.”

— Sofia S., Summer College – Online Student, 2020

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesSynchronous Class Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College – Online3-Week Session I: Monday, July 8 – Thursday, July 25, 2024TWTh;
6 – 8 p.m.
3 CreditsClosed
Class times subject to change.

Course Requirements

Technology Requirements

  • Laptop or desktop computer with a webcam and mouse
  • Reliable internet access
  • A space conducive to taking an online class (without distractions)

Required Supplies


  • Black in White Space: The Enduring Impact of Color in Everyday Life, Elijah Anderson, 9780226826417 Immigration and the Remaking of Black America, Tod Hamilton, 1st edition, 9780871544070 (an e-copy of this book is available through Syracuse University Library)

An e-copy of this book is available through Syracuse University Library. You can also order it online by following the instructions here.


This is an academically rigorous, college-level course. Students are expected to complete daily readings, weekly homework assignments, and two writing assignments. Students are expected to attend all synchronous classes every day, arrive on time, meet all academic obligations, and actively and constructively participate in class discussions. 

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

This class has both synchronous and asynchronous coursework. Students are expected to complete daily reading assignments prior to class. In addition, students are required to complete two writing assignments and asynchronous coursework each week. This coursework may include (but is not limited to) writing reflections on a film, analyzing a current event, or interviewing others about a topic relevant to the course.

Students are expected to attend live synchronous classes Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. EST. Students are expected to complete all coursework independently.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College virtual activities to meet and connect with other students across the world. Check out our Virtual Campus Experience page for more information!

Faculty Bios

Dr. Adrienne Lee Atterberry

Adrienne Lee Atterberry is a graduate of Syracuse University. She earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Her research and teaching interests include racial and ethnic inequalities, education, and parenting. She has several published journal articles and book chapters. Additionally, she has previously taught introductory sociology courses, as well as more advanced classes in qualitative research methods and the sociology of education.