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The Ethnic Studies program was established in 1995 as the result of the hard work of a group of staff and faculty members from numerous disciplines who believed the time had come for such a department at OSU. The program began its full operation in 1996 and is now one of thirteen programs in the College of Liberal Arts. While there are several Ethnic Studies programs in Oregon universities and colleges, ours is the only one with full departmental status.
The Ethnic Studies program aspires to provide an academic opportunity of excellence for critical, multidisciplinary investigation of the intersections race, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality, and of the articulated concerns of the four major racialized minority groups in the United States: Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Chicanos/Latinos. The program is currently expanding its offerings to include coverage of race and ethnicity in a global context.
Students graduating in Ethnic Studies will be able to:
The Role of Ethnic Studies at OSU
The Ethnic Studies program contributes to the mission and values of Oregon State University by: