Ethnic Studies, an interdisciplinary and comparative concentration, examines the construction of race and ethnicity in social, cultural, historical, political, and economic contexts. Concentrators develop individual programs in consultation with faculty advisors. Each concentrator must 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 student’s program of study is organized around a set of core courses that help them identify the historical and theoretical questions to be investigated and provide the tools necessary to address those questions.
Each concentrator pursues systematic and well-defined work in literature and arts, the humanities, or the social sciences, or some combination of these. A faculty advisor works closely with the student to ensure that the work is rigorous and intellectually sound.