May 19, 2024  
Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fall 2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Ethnic Studies, Minor

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The department of Ethnic Studies offers an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to foster an understanding of the histories and cultures of racial and ethnic groups in their local, national, and global contexts. The program emphasizes studies of race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and the historical processes of slavery, colonial conquest, immigration, and globalization, among other subject areas.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in ethnic studies are expected to:

  • Comprehend how racial and ethnic identities are constructed, negotiated, or contested over time, cultures, and geographical space;
  • Employ diverse analytical resources, case studies, and comparative modes of study as critical cognitive tools to address issues of difference;
  • Articulate general principles that shape ethnic relations and their intersections with gender, sexuality, and class in structural contexts of power;
  • Draw larger theoretical lessons from comparisons among ethnic groups in the U.S. and in other diasporic sites;
  • Effectively communicate and address issues of race and ethnicity, especially in multicultural environments.


(21 Credits)

Ethnic Studies minors will take a total of 21 hours of Ethnic Studies courses selected in consultation with Director of Undergraduate Studies. These must include one 3000-level course and two 4000-level courses. 3 credits of CCS 4890  may be included as one of these courses.

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