Learning Outcomes

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The educational goals of the Ethnic Studies Program for majors and minors include:

  • Exploring the cultural and social histories of African American, Latino, Native American and Asian American/ Pacific Islander ethnic groups.
  • Integrating Catholic social justice teaching, the Lasallian core values, and service based learning in service of these historically underrepresented groups.
  • Critically Examining United States racial and ethnic diversities and their interrelatedness to other international socio-historic systems.

Upon completion of the Ethnic Studies major, students will be able to:

  •  Describe the history and social theories relevant to a critical understanding of African American, Latino, Native American, and Asian American/Pacific Islander ethnic groups;
  •  Employ theoretical and analytical frameworks to understand an increasingly complex, multicultural and interdependent world;
  •  Identify the social, historical, economic, and religious factors that have affected and continue to affect ethnic groups in the U.S.;
  •  Exhibit critical thinking about issues of social injustice and the common good, and strategies for working towards social justice.