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Undergraduate Program

The Major

Majors in Ethnic Studies 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 internship credits count as part of the total required hours for the major (51), and therefore carries a grade. In addition to an area of specialization, students are encouraged to take additional upper-division courses comparative studies.

The Minor

Minors in Ethnic Studies take core courses on "race" and ethnicity and select a major area of concentration from those listed under the major. 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.

(UPDATED: March 2008)


Ethnic Studies Undergraduate Learning Outcomes

 Students graduating in Ethnic Studies will be able to:

  • Describe and understand 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;
  • Identify and critically engage social and cultural theories which explore the construction and articulation of race, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality;
  • Analyze ways in which oppressions such as racism, sexism, and heterosexism not ony involve individual acts and attitudes but function systematically as well;
  • Describe and critically engage the experiences of racialized ethnic groups in the United States and the ways in which they historically have been incorporated or excluded from national agendas;
  • Demonstrate strong analytical and communication skills both in oral and written form.


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