Ethnic Studies Concentration 2021-2022 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 a logical argument 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:
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Introduction to Cultural Studies
Introduction to American Studies
Electives: Students choose 5 courses from the list below, one of which must be at the 400 level
The Sociological Imagination: What We See When We Watch T.V.
Race in America
Studies in Ethnic Literature of the United States
African American Studies
Asian American Studies
Latin American Studies
Native American Studies
Women and the Creative Imagination
Race and Ethnicity
Social Theory: The Study of Isms and Phobias
Note: SOC 251 prerequisite will be waived on a case-by-case basis