The Ethnic Studies Program and the courses that make up its major address questions of ethnic identity and relations among ethnic groups and is supervised by a faculty committee composed of the course instructors.

In order to receive Ethnic Studies credit a course must devote a significant portion of its content to the study of subordinate racial or ethnic groups, where a subordinate group is understood as one whose members are, or have historically been, disadvantaged and subjected to unequal treatment by the dominant group in a society, the latter understood as a group whose members have superior access to or control over a society's economic, political, or social power. Specific courses may emphasize the cultural practices of one or more racial or ethnic groups or the interrelationships between subordinate and dominant racial or ethnic groups.

Ethnic Studies faculty members: Craig Allin, Carol Enns, Christina Penn-Goetsch, Marcela Ochoa-Shivapour, Mary Olson, Catherine Stewart, Johanna Schuster-Craig

Major: A minimum of 10 course credits which include:

  1. ANT 101 (Cultural Anthropology); EDU 240 (Human Relations); EST 123; EST 485; PSY 276 (Multicultural Psychology); and SOC 348 (Race and Ethnic Relations).
  2. Four courses selected from the following, at least two of which must be at the 300 level and no more than three of which may be chosen from one department:

ANT 206 - West Indian People and Culture

ANT 208 - Cross-Cultural Love and Family

ART 261 - Topics in Non-Western Art

ART 263 - Arts of West and Central Africa

ART 264 - African American Art

ART 265 - Arts of the African Diaspora

ART 266 - American Indian Art: Gender and the Marketplace

ENG 351 - African-American Literature

ENG 367 - Multicultural Literature

GER 116 - Topic:  Holocaust

GER 117 - Islam in Europe

HIS 1xx - Introductory Seminar in History, when the topic is "The Holocaust"

HIS 251 - Federal Indian Policy

HIS 255 - American Lives, when the topic is "African-Americans"

HIS 350 - Colonial America

HIS 354 - United States Social History Since 1940

HIS 356 - African-Americans in U.S. History

MUS 220 - Jazz History

PHI 301 - Asian Philosophy

POL 335 - Seminar in International Relations and Comparative Government, when the topic is "Ethnicity and Ethnic Conflicts in Today's World"

POL 361 - Race, Sex, and the Constitution

POL 367 - Urban Politics and Policy

REL 342 - Judaism

Holocaust and Response

RUS 281 - “The Other” in Russian Literature and Film

SOC 248 - American Indians: Culture, Activism, and Social Justice

SOC 343 - Women: Oppressions and Resistances

SOC 376 - The African American Civil Rights Movement through Film

SPA 383 - Latinos in the U.S.

SPA 385 - Latin American Culture and Civilization

Similar courses, if approved in advance by the Ethnic Studies advisor, may also be chosen as electives. Students are encouraged to participate in relevant study-abroad programs. To count such programs toward an interdisciplinary major in Ethnic Studies, students must obtain the approval of the Ethnic Studies advisor in advance.