Ethnic Studies Major

Do you want to explore the social, political, economic, and historical perspectives of America’s racial and ethnic groups?

At a glance

Ethnic Studies majors examine the roles of gender, class, sexuality, and other social differentiations within society. You’ll learn to identify and understand oppression to gain a deeper and more-complex comprehension of the world we live in. You’ll be empowered to realize your own ability to act upon the world. The major aims to nurture civic-minded and culturally informed students who strive to engage with and strengthen their communities.   

Degree typeBachelor of Arts
FormatOn campus
Part ofCollege of Liberal Arts
Competitive major?No
Accelerated option?No
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A concentration allows you to specialize in a certain area within your major, offering a depth of information and hands-on experiences that you may not otherwise get. Many students in this major will concentrate in one area to work in a specific field after college, as well as find mentors and internships before they even graduate.

Community Organizing and Institutional Change

Learn and explore the history and methods diverse communities have used to seek civil rights. You’ll focus on recognizing, listening, respectfully engaging, and effectively organizing community efforts to create a more equitable society, and will be able to help guide organizations and institutions. 

Global Race, Power, and Resistance

You’ll focus s on transnationalism, diaspora, and migration processes highlighting the impacts of colonialism, racial and ethnic ideologies, and imperialism on a global scale. 

Social Studies Teaching

The Social Studies Teacher Licensure concentration trains you to teach social studies at middle-school and high-school levels. You will have an added focus on understanding the histories and experiences of historically marginalized populations. The inclusion of ethnic studies and gender/sexuality studies courses significantly broadens the knowledge base of future social studies teachers

Some Career Options

Both theoretical understandings of and practical experience in cross-cultural and inter-ethnic relations are invaluable in today’s world. You’ll graduate with a wide range of fields open to you, including education, diversity training/consulting, health care, civil service, government, and community service; natural resources development and technology; legal services; communications media, and beyond.

Tour and info session options

Tours may be available as part of Admissions tours and info sessions, offered throughout the year.

For additional opportunities, please reach out to:

College of Liberal Arts recruiter at or (970) 821-5276 (Text friendly. Please include your/the student’s full name in the message.)

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