Ethnic Studies majors and minors take comparative core courses on "race" and ethnicity and select one major area of concentration from the following: African American Studies, Asian Pacific American Studies, Chicana/o Latina/o Studies, Native American Studies. In addition, majors must complete a nine-credit graded internship working with an entity that provides service to one or more of the ethnic communities named above. The minor internship, which is optional, consists of three credits.

Ethnic Studies majors and minors must satisfy all University Baccalaureate Core and College of Liberal Arts requirements for the BA or BS degree.


Students graduating in Ethnic Studies will be able to:

  • Describe the experiences and histories of people of color in the United States, not as separate histories, but as intrinsic to U.S. and world history;
  • Analyze ways in which oppressions such as racism, sexism, and heterosexism not only involve individual acts and attitudes but function systematically;
  • Identify ways in which racialized ethnic groups and indigenous peoples have engaged in community formation, activism, resistance, coalition-building, and movements for self-empowerment;
  • Compare the experiences of racialized groups in the United States and the ways in which they have been incorporated or excluded from national agendas;
  • Evaluate social and cultural theories which explore the construction and articulation of race, class, gender, sexuality, indigeneity, ethnicity, immigration status, and citizenship.

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