Ethnic Studies is a scholarly academic division that studies traditional forms of history and culture from the perspective of people who are underrepresented, while considering the role that race and racism play in today’s world. There are no special department admission requirements. To declare an ethnic studies major or minor contact our advisor!

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Major Requirements

The Ethnic Studies major explores differences in power as expressed by the state, civil society, and individuals, challenging social constructions of race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality and gender.

  • A minimum of 36 hours in ETHNC courses is required. 9 credit hours at the 2000 level and 27 credit hours from 3000 level and higher.
  • A minimum of 18 hours in ETHNC courses must be completed at the U of U.
  • All major courses must be completed with a C- or better.

Ethnic Studies, B.A./B.S. (36 CREDITS)

Required Courses

Complete Two Courses

6 credits

Introductory Course (complete one):

Experience Course (complete one):

  • ETHNC 2550: African American Experiences (3) (DVHF)
  • ETHNC 2560: Chicano/a Experiences (3) (DV)
  • ETHNC 2570: American Indian Experiences (3) (DVHF)
  • ETHNC 2580: Asian Pacific American Experiences (3) (DVBF)
  • ETHNC 2590: Pacific Islander American Experiences (3) (DVHF)

Research Methodology:

Only offered during Fall semester. Taken during the last 2 semesters of the program.

  • ETHNC 5900: Interdisciplinary Research in Ethnic Studies (3)

Capstone Courses:

Only offered during Spring semesters. Taken during the last 2 semester of the program.

  • ETHNC 5910: Advanced Explorations in Ethnic Studies (3)

Theory Courses

Complete Two Courses

6 credits

Electives

Complete Six Courses

18 credits

It is recommended to complete courses from 4 of the 5 content areas to gain a broad focus.

No more than 3 courses can be from the same cross-listed subject area (i.e. SOC, HIST, FCS)

African American Studies Content Goup:

American Indian Studies Content Group:

Asian Pacific American Studies Content Group:

Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies Content Group:

Pacific Islands Studies Content Group:

Ethnic Studies Content Group:

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Minor Requirements

Ethnic Studies offers 5 unique minors in African American, American Indian, Asian Pacific American, and Chicana/o Studies that allow for a more concentrated focus on a specific racialized population in the United States through the lens of history & politics, contemporary issues, literature, and gender & ethnicity. Like the major, the Ethnic Studies minor takes a broader view across the intersection of race & gender, contemporary issues, and your choice of several electives.

  • All courses must be completed with a C- or better.
  • No more than 9 credits can be lower-division (1000-2000).

African American Studies Minor (18 CREDITS)

Required Courses

Complete Two Courses

6 credits

Electives

Complete at least four of the following:

12 credits

Download curriculum sheets:

American Indian Studies Minor (18 CREDITS)

Required Courses

Complete Two Courses

6 credits

Electives

Complete at least four of the following:

12 credits

Download curriculum sheets:

Asian Pacific American Studies Minor (18 CREDITS)

Required Courses

Complete Two Courses

6 credits

  • ETHNC 2500: Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3) (DVBF)
    or
    ETHNC 2510: Diversity Scholars (DV)
  • ETHNC 2580: Asian Pacific American Experiences (3) (DVHF)
    or
    ETHNC 2590: Pacific Islander American Experiences (3) (DVHF)

Electives

Complete at least four of the following:

12 credits

Download curriculum sheets:

Chicana/o & Latina/o Studies Minor (18 CREDITS)

Required Courses

Complete Two Courses

6 credits

Electives

Complete at least four of the following:

12 credits

Download curriculum sheets:

Ethnic Studies Minor (18 CREDITS)

Required Courses

Complete Four Courses

12 credits

Introductory Course (complete one):

Experience Courses (complete one):

  • ETHNC 2550: African American Experiences (3) (DVHF)
  • ETHNC 2560: Chicano/a Experiences (3) (DV)
  • ETHNC 2570: American Indian Experiences (3) (DVHF)
  • ETHNC 2580: Asian Pacific American Experiences (3) (DVBF)
  • ETHNC 2590: Pacific Islander American Experiences (3) (DVHF)

Intersection of Race & Gender (complete one):

Contemporary Issues (complete one):

Electives

Complete Two Courses

6 credits

Download curriculum sheets:

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