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Ethnic Studies Minor

Ethnic Studies Minor Course Requirement

The Ethnic Studies minor requires completion of twenty-one (21) units of credit, eighteen (18) of which must be at the upper-division level.

Students must take at least three (3) units in each of the five areas indicated below. Each course counted towards the minor must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher. At least nine (9) units of study must be unique to the minor (i.e. may not be counted towards other major, minor, or general education requirements).

Recommended Course of Study

In the minor, coursework is arranged in five (5) areas: Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies, Historical Approaches, Identity and Culture, Power and Social Justice, and Voices. The first two areas represent foundations, and these courses should be taken first. The next three areas are explorations, and these courses may be taken in any order.

Advising information and advising will be provided by the Coordinator for the Ethnic Studies Minor. Interested students should meet with the Coordinator as soon as possible to declare the minor and to develop an appropriate, personalized theme of study that complements the student's interests and career goals (e.g. African-American, Borderlands, Comparative Multicultural Studies).

Petitions for lower-division course credit, and petitions to apply to the minor courses not included among the requirements, must be submitted to the Coordinator.

A. Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies

Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies is an introduction to the struggles of racial and ethnic groups, their relationships to each other, and to the organization of society. This course includes issues such as immigration, slavery, confinement, institutional inequality, and resistance. Interdisciplinary approaches and examination of critical race/ethnic theory provide a foundation for the minor. Select one course:

  • ID 340
  • SOC 313 

B. Historical Approaches

Historical Approaches is an intensive study of the history of groups and issues over time. It provides students with in-depth understanding of the dynamics of racial/ethnic struggles. Select one course:


  • HIST 334
  • HIST 345
  • HIST 355
  • HIST 375
  • HIST 335
  • HIST 346
  • HIST 356
  • HIST 381
  • HIST 337
  • HIST 347

C. Identity and Culture

Identity and Culture is a comparative examination of the process of formation of racial/ethnic groups and their practices. Analysis is approached through various mediums of culture, such as human geography, language and communication patterns, gender and belief systems. Select one course:

  • HIST 362
  • HIST 382
  • HIST 337A
  • HIST 350
  • HIST 371
  • HIST 383
  • HIST 338B
  • HIST 352

  • HIST 374
  • ANTH 200
  • COMM 454
  • ID 301
  • LING 371
  • ANTH 301
  • COMM 455
  • ID 371
  • LING 451
  • COMM 330
  • EDUC 364
  • LBST 375
  • PSYC 341
  • COMM 430
  • GEOG 450
  • LING 305
  • SOC 375
  • COMM 450
  • HIST 356
  • LING 341
  • WMST 301

D. Power and Social Justice

Power and Social Justiceemphasizes conflicts involving race and ethnicity in the contemporary time period, such as inequality, social movements, voting rights, and gender roles. Select one course:


  • PSCI 305
  • PSCI 348
  • SOC 373
  • SOC 449
  • PSCI 337
  • PSYC 361
  • SOC 442
  • TA 323
  • PSCI 338
  • SOC 311
  • SOC 449
  • BRS 300
  • PSCI 341
  • SOC 322
  • SOC 463
  • PSCI 342
  • SOC 339
  • SOC 465

E. Voices

Voices examines texts produced by and about people from various racial/ethnic groups. It fosters analysis of the cultural and aesthetic values represented in these works. Select one course:


  • ANTH 325
  • COMM 485
  • DNCE 323
  • LTWR 210
  • LTWR 410
  • LTWR 420
  • LTWR 450
  • MUSC 421
  • MUSC 422
  • MUSC 423
  • MUSC 424
  • MUSC 425
  • MUSC 425
  • MUSC 426
  • MUSC 427
  • SOC 467
  • SPAN 350B
  • TA 325
  • TA 326
  • TA 327
  • TA 410
  • TA 421
  • VPA 311
  • VPA 320
  • VSAR 323
  • VSAR 325
  • WMST 323

Two (2) elective courses must be selected from any of the five categories listed above. A course may also be petitioned through the Coordinator for acceptance, providing at least half the course is devoted to studies of race/ ethnicity.

Total Units: 21