Interracial dating on American campuses has had a relatively stormy past.
Until the past three decades or so, it was outlawed in some states.
However, increased individualism, tolerance for diversity, and greater minority enrollment in colleges and universities may result in more approving attitudes of college students toward interracial relationships.
This study focused on attitudes and behaviors of college students regarding interracial relationships.
Caucasian and African American romantic relationships are not new and evidence suggests their occurrence from before the time of slavery.
We use the inclusive term intercultural because both interracial and interethnic relationships are examined in the present study.
********** Interracial dating in the United States has faced many struggles.
The struggles echoed the long historical opposition between different ethnicities, particularly Caucasians and African Americans.
Southern institutions, in particular, such as the infamous Bob Jones University have made this issue divisive even among their own constituencies.
Age and generation seem to be cogent factors with younger people and succeeding generations more open than older and preceding ones.
: The increased representation of minority students on the campuses of predominantly White universities in the United States presents increased opportunities for intercultural contact.