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Specific Requirements for the Major

Major Requirements (52 required credits)

In addition to an Ethnic Studies core of issue-based courses which examine the intersections of race, class and gender and their relation to the construction of ethnicity, two areas of emphasis on specific ethnic groups and a community internship are required. (Second area of emphasis may incorporate more than one ethnic group). Students work closely with a departmental advisor to determine a program of studies that best meets their needs. A grade point average of 2.0 is required and majors must earn a grade of C- in all major courses. Individualized research and study is limited to 3 credits.


Ethnic Studies Core (22)

  • ES 101 Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3)
  • ES 201 Inventing Ethnic America (3)
  • ES 451 Theories of Race & Ethnicity (3)
  • One ES WIC Course (3) (ES 354)
  • ES 455 Internship Seminar (1)
  • ES 410 Internship (9)

Emphasis (30)

 6 credits from one of the following focus areas. This will be your primary area of emphasis.

  • Chicano-a/Latino-a Studies: ES 212, 213, (3, 3)
  • African American Studies: ES 221, 223, (3, 3,)
  • Asian American Studies: ES 231, 233 (3, 3)
  • Native American/Alaskan Native Americans: ES 242, 243 (3, 3)

9 credits distributed across the remaining focus areas (3 credits from each)
15 credits of upper division electives taken from your primary area of emphasis. Must include at least 6 credits at 400-level.


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

(UPDATED: March 2008)

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