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The Ethnic Studies Program is a University program designed for all undergraduates who are interested in studying and understanding the historical and contemporary experiences of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups in the United States. The program offers interdisciplinary courses based primarily on the scholarship within the academic discipline of ethnic studies. The focus of the Ethnic Studies Program is on African Americans, Asian/Pacific Islander Americans, Chicanas/Chicanos, and Native Americans in the United States.
The program also coordinates University-wide events to promote a critical analysis of the experiences and issues dealing with historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups in our society. It organizes such activities in order to provide the University and surrounding communities with a better understanding of the societal significance and impact of race/ethnicity and their relationship with other critical factors, particularly gender and social class.
The ethnic studies minor and companion major complement a student’s primary major by broadening his/her field of study to include an academic focus on race/ethnicity. It enhances a student’s employment opportunities in business, education, law, medicine, social work, and government. Both the major and minor provide a foundation for graduate studies for students who plan to become university professors and researchers with a specialization in ethnic studies.