Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies is a transdisciplinary field that provides critical, intersectional, and decolonial approaches to the study of racism and racialization. The program centers histories, contemporary experiences, and cultural expressions of Native American/Indigenous people, Black/African Americans, Chicano/a/xs-Latino/a/xs, and Asian/Pacific Islander Americans within a regional, national, and/or global context. The Ethnic Studies curriculum, which incorporates scholarship, art, and community engagement, provides students with critical inquiry that advances their analysis of racial privilege and oppression in relation to other axes of power, such as class, gender, sexuality, and legal status. In particular, the major provides students with a critical understanding of structural inequities and social movements in the United States and beyond in order to actively engage personal and collective transformation. A degree in Ethnic Studies is relevant to a variety of fields, including: education, business, law, health, social services, community organizations, and/or the arts. Ethnic Studies faculty are dedicated to producing critical/creative scholarship, teaching and mentoring marginalized students, and working toward social change.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will describe the field of Ethnic Studies, including awareness of principles, concepts, theories, pedagogies, and/or methods.
  • Students will examine the histories and experiences of marginalized racial and ethnic groups in the United States from a regional, national, and/or global perspectives.
  • Students will demonstrate community engagement by participating in activities that center knowledge, culture, and/or contributions of marginalized populations.
  • Students will develop original projects that promote awareness of equity through intellectual, creative, and/or collective ways.

Ethnic Studies is offered as a major, minor, and concentration.