Ethnic Studies is a study of people of color and their experience in all dimensions of life. Our curriculum aims to understand and pose questions that critically consider notions of and meanings regarding race, sexuality, gender, class, nation, indigeneity, and immigration.


Study within the field of ethnic studies develops skills such as:

  • Critical thinking
  • Writing
  • Social/historical analytical skills
  • Historical analysis

Complementary Majors 

An Ethnic Studies minor is also an excellent complement for liberal arts students who are majoring in:

  • Social Science
  • Political Sciences
  • Communication
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Language and Literature

Professional Programs

A minor in ethnic studies is particularly appropriate for students in professional programs such as:

  • Urban Teacher Education
  • Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
  • Human Services
  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Business Administration
  • International Business
  • Non-Profit Organization Management
  • Accounting

Program details:

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