Program Information

The American Ethnic Studies major is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the comparative cultural heritage and experiences of various marginalized groups within the United States -- including but not limited to American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos/Latinas, Arab Americans -- as well as on the body of scholarship and theory that has emerged around national and global issues of race and ethnicity. Course offerings cover a broad range of historical and contemporary dynamics of race and ethnicity in America, made manifest in privilege and power, cultural traditions, and social movements, as well as economic and political developments. The major draws upon multiple disciplines and methodologies that include anthropology, art history, history, literature, rhetoric, politics, religion, and sociology. It affirms the integration of theory and practice through experiential education and civic engagement with communities of color.