Understand the experiences of historically marginalized racial and ethnic groups.
The ethnic studies minor and concentration are interdisciplinary programs focused on the experiences of historically marginalized racial and ethnic groups (including African, Latina/o, Asian, and Native Americans) within the United States. Ethnic studies promotes a broader understanding of the historical, geographical, political, economic, social, and cultural complexity of these racial/ethnic groups, and the structural inequality in which these groups’ experiences are maintained and embedded.
Ethnic studies courses often explore the rich contributions to the production of knowledge issuing from various racial/ethnic groups in the US that tend to be underrepresented in the curriculum, for example, in sciences, social sciences, arts, humanities, and the professions. Based on a discipline emerging out of civil rights movements, Ethnic studies courses also often explore historical and contemporary social movements and encourage active and reflective learning in the pursuit of racial and social justice. The curriculum emphasizes creating a community within the classroom where students learn from one another, experience personal empowerment, and develop as agents of racial and social justice in a diverse and complex world. As a result, students develop a heightened racial, ethnic, and social consciousness toward promoting a more just and equitable society.