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Major in Ethnic Studies

Purpose:

The Ethnic Studies Department provides a critical analysis of historical and contemporary formations of race, ethnicity, class, and gender. In the pursuit of social justice, it challenges dominant views of racial and ethnic groups that lead to inequalities. Ethnic studies focuses on the roles and experiences historically marginalized racial and ethnic populations with particular attention paid to African Americans/Blacks, Asian/Pacific Islander Americans, Latinas/Latinos, and American Indian/Native Americans within the framework of the United States and within transnational frameworks.

As an academic department, ethnic studies fosters interdisciplinary inquiry. Ethnic studies strives to make connections between University learning, racial and ethnic communities, and social change, and encourages a reflective engagement with society and a commitment to fashioning a more humane and just world.

The stand-alone major provides students with advanced and concentrated training in racial and ethnic studies with coursework clustered in the upper division around six themes: Community Engagement and Social Movements; Race, Law, Politics, and Policy; Intersectionality and Hybridity; Inequality and Education; Immigration, Transnationalism, and Globalization; and Social and Cultural Analysis.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE STAND-ALONE MAJOR

In addition to fulfilling Undergraduate Core Curriculum, students pursuing the stand-alone major in Ethnic Studies must complete the following requirements:

  • ETHN 5
  • Two courses from ETHN 10, 20, 30, 40
  • One of the following breadth electives:
    • ANTH 86, 90
    • DANC 62
    • ENGL 35, 35G, 36, 37, 38, 39, 69
    • ETHN 11 (ENGL 37), 12 (RSOC 91), 21 (ENGL 36), 22 (THTR 14), 35 (ENGL35G/WGST14), 36 (ENGL 35), 41 (ENGL 38), 50, 51, 55, 65 (THTR 65), 70 (ENGL 39/WGST 16), 75, 80, 95, 96.
    • MUSC 20
    • RSOC 91
    • THTR 14, 65
  • Six upper-division courses selected from at least four of the following six categories:
    • Community Engagement and Social Movements (ETHN 112, 122, 123, 125,132, 133, 142, 149, 160, 163, 166, 171)
    • Race, Law, Politics and Policy (ETHN 120, 126, 127, 149, 153, 155, 178, 185)
    • Intersectionality and Hybridity (ETHN 121, 129, 141, 151, 152, 154, 157, 163, 167)
    • Inequality and Education [ETHN 150, 157, 161, 167]
    • Immigration, Transnationalism, and Globalization (ETHN 112, 120, 126, 170, 171, 178)
    • Social and Cultural Analysis (ETHN 124, 128, 130, 132, 135, 136, 141, 144, 145, 160, 162, 164, 166)
      No class can be used to fulfill more than one category.
  • An upper division elective that may be completed within Ethnic Studies or from any other department or program.
  • An upper division seminar in theory and methods (ETHN 165 or ETHN 195)
  • A Capstone project fulfilled through either ETHN 198 or 199: an applied research that typically encompasses a community internship along with a weekly essay and final paper or a research project in which the student works under the direction of an ethnic studies core, courtesy, or affiliated faculty conducting intensive reading and writing, typically culminating in a final research paper or some equivalent project. Provides opportunities for students to apply their understanding of methodology and specific methods to a project explicitly in centered around racial and ethnic studies.