Ethnic Studies Concentration 2023-2024 Edition

The Ethnic Studies Concentration is a liberal arts interdisciplinary program, focusing on the study of race, ethnicity, and indigeneity within the broader context of inclusion and diversity. Concentrators study the historical socio-cultural experiences and perspectives of United States ethnically and racially marginalized communities.  Designed to increase the understanding of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic social groups, at the intersection of gender and social class, the program aims at preparing students to work and live successfully as good citizens in a diverse and globalized society. 

Students completing the Ethnic Studies concentration will,

  • Apply Ethnic Studies principles and theories to personal, organizational, and community settings.
  • Demonstrate ability to interact meaningfully and build effective relationships with individuals and groups across differences, through community projects.
  • Demonstrate ability to engage the ways that race, as a system of domination, is intimately tied to issues of gender, class, sexuality, migration, or indigeneity.
  • Conduct logical arguments utilizing evidence and texts, both in writing and verbally
  • Use critical and creative thinking to solve problems.
  • Demonstrate ability to use appropriate language and behavior while interacting across differences, in writing and verbally.
  • Understand and explain how structures of domination and acts of resistance are created.

Ethnic Studies Concentration Requirements

Choose One Introductory Course from the following:
LCS/WGS 250Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies3
LCS 270Introduction to Cultural Studies3
LCS/HIS 282Introduction to American Studies3
Electives: Students choose 5 courses from the list below, one of which must be at the 400 level
COM/SOC 359The Sociological Imagination: What We See When We Watch T.V.3
HIS 366Race in America3
LCS 357Studies in Ethnic Literature of the United States3
LCS 378African American Studies3
LCS 379Asian American Studies3
LCS 380Latin American Studies3
LCS 381Native American Studies3
LCS 466Women and the Creative Imagination3
SOC 453Race and Ethnicity3
SOC 454Social Theory: The Study of Isms and Phobias3
Note: SOC 251 prerequisite will be waived on a case-by-case basis

A minimum of 18 credit hours is required for the concentration.