Who are we? What makes us similar to or different from each other? Is it the color of our skin? Is it the place where we were born? Is it our language? Our heritage? Or our culture? What happens when people from different races or different ethnicities become friends? Or lovers? Or families? How do children of transracial parents self-identify? The questions of how we choose to define ourselves are at the forefront of our news, our, politics and our personal behaviors. We may gravitate toward people whom we believe are like us, but what does that really mean? In this course, you'll learn how race, ethnicity, and culture help us make choices about ourselves and each other. You'll be able to define and redefine racial and ethnic identities, and understand what kinds of criteria people use to create these definitions in the first place. You'll study the many ways race and ethnicity impact us on a daily basis politically, socially, and financially. Are we ultimately the products of nature, nurture, or both? This course is a step toward developing a better answer for life's ultimate question, who am I?