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.
Students in this concentration will:
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Concentrators complete a capstone by taking the Ethnic Studies Senior Seminar, ETHN 1900. To qualify for Honors, students must maintain a GPA of 3.5 in the concentration and a 3.0 GPA overall, enroll in the Honors seminar AMST/ETHN 1800, and complete an honors thesis. Applications for the Honors Program are due April 1 of a student's 6th semester. Applications require a proposal, bibliography, and a signed application form by a faculty director and second reader. After the thesis has been submitted, the readers must then recommend the thesis for Honors. Please see the program website for a complete description of admission procedures and requirements.
This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:
Ethnic Studies concentrators have pursued careers in a variety of fields, including as teachers, attorneys, physicians, journalists, and media strategists.