To earn a minor in Ethnic Studies, a student must complete the following coursework.

Core Courses 

For successful completion of the ethnic studies minor, students must complete the following three courses: 

  • Ethnic Studies 001: Introduction to Ethnic Studies; 
  • Collegiate Seminar 124: Multicultural Thought; and 
  • Ethnic Studies 196 Senior Thesis and Portfolio (to be taken only after successful completeion of ES 001, with a grade of C- or higher, and two upper-division electives in the minor).  

Multidisciplinary upper-division electives

Students work closely with a faulty advisors throughout the course of their program. Advisors help each student organize the details of their personalized minor in order to address each student's interests and fulfill the requirements. 
Students should secure approval for any course from the director of the program before taking the course to ensure it meets criteria. Students who have taken courses in the past who believe they may meet the criteria should meet with the director.  

Students must also choose three upper-division courses, one form each of the following three areas:

Ethnic Groups and Identity

This area includes courses that address the role ethnicity plays in one's individual, social, and political experiences and identity. The courses below are representative of courses that would fulfill this area.

  • Sociology 112: Race and Ethnicity
  • Sociology 116: New Immigrants and Refugees;
  • Sociology 123: Ethnic Groups in the United States
  • Sociology 135 Whiteness
  • Sociology 135 Marginalized Groups in American Society
  • Communication 104: Intercultural Communication
  • History 136: Immigration and Ethnic Relations in American History
  • Politics 110: Minority Politics; or
  • Psychology 165: Cross-Cultural Psychology.
Arts and Literature

Within ethnic studies, the role of arts and Literature is not only to reflect the social reality of ethnic experience in the United States, but also to shape and transform that reality. Students will examine competing notions of identity and community that emerge in the literary and artistic expressions of U.S. writers and artists. The courses below are representative of the types that fulfill this area.

  • English 154: Studies in African-American Literature;
  • Performing Arts 130: Theatre of American Cultures;
  • Art History 166: The Artist in 20th Century Society; or 
  • Modern Languages 150: Chicano/Chicana Literature. 
Socioeconomics and Inequality

This area includes courses that address the relationship between ethnicity and economic, political and social inequalities in contemporary society. The courses below are representative of the types that fulfill this area.

  • Sociology 115: Wealth and Poverty
  • Sociology 120: Social Movements and Social Change;
  • Sociology 135: Marginalized Groups in American Society 
  • Economics 152: Labor Economics
  • Politics 115: Theories of Justice; or
  • Religious Studies 117: Wealth and Poverty in the Bible.
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