Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary, comparative concentration that examines the construction of race and ethnicity in social, cultural, historical, political, and economic contexts. Concentrators develop individual programs based on areas of focus in consultation with faculty advisors, drawing from courses in the humanities and social sciences. Typical areas of focus are social issues (such as inequality, education, or health), cultural production and the representation of racial groups, processes of racialization, the historical formation of transnational communities and of diaspora, and the history of particular ethnic or racial groups.

Each concentrator is required to study the history and experience of more than one group. The focus may be either a United States–based comparative analysis or a United States/international analysis. Each program is to be organized around a set of core courses that help students to identify a set of historical and theoretical questions to be investigated and provide the tools necessary to address those questions.

Each concentrator pursues work in either literature and arts, the humanities, or the social sciences, or some combination of these. The work is to be systematic and well-defined. A faculty advisor works closely with the student to ensure that the work is rigorous and intellectually sound. The primary advisors for ethnic studies concentrators are the members of the Ethnic Studies Executive Committee.


ETHN 0500Introduction to American/Ethnic Studies1
Any two introductory courses in Latino/a, Africana, Asian-Amerian, or Native American Studies. The courses in the list below are exaples of these courses. Other courses may be approved by the Advisor.2
An Introduction to Africana Studies
A course from the AMST 1610 series, as approved by the concentration advisor
From Coyote to Casinos: Native North American Peoples and Cultures
Race, Class, and Ethnicity in the Modern World
Race, Culture, and Ethnic Politics
Ethnicity, Race, and Gender in the Americas
Courses taught by core Ethnic Studies faculty may be recognized in consultation with concentration advisor.
Any three courses in Ethnic Studies that address the student's focus area (as approved by the concentration advisor). 3
Any three courses drawn from a list of related courses (as approved by the concentration advisor). 3
A course from the ETHN 1900 series. 11
Students in the concentration should also take a WRIT course from within the concentration, from a list of cross-listed courses, or from a course approved by their advisor.
Students should also be sure to take a methods course.
Total Credits10

To be taken in the first semester of the student's final year.  The senior seminar is the capstone course and is required of all concentrators.


Candidates for honors must have at least a B+ average in the concentration and be approved by the Concentration Committee. Honors candidates will propose a thesis project to be completed by the end of their final semester. The development of a thesis project will begin during the sixth semester. Honors candidates will have two readers, at least one of whom must be Ethnic Studies core faculty.

Concentrators who choose not to request consideration for honors will be required to complete a major essay or project by the end of their final semester. The essay or project can be the result of major work completed in the senior seminar.

Students seeking information about the Ethnic Studies Program or in need of advising should contact  (401-863-7034).