Department Mission

The field of Ethnic Studies was born out of, and is dedicated to, struggles for social justice for all people. The Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder draws on this tradition of engaged scholarship to examine how race and the interrelated categories of ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality impact the lives of people in the United States and around the globe.

Our interdisciplinary department offers an undergraduate major and minor, doctoral degree and graduate certificate in comparative ethnic studies. Faculty members engage in a wide variety of research on the cultures, histories, epistemologies, and experiences in African American, Asian American, Chicana/o, and Native American peoples in the U.S. and beyond. Their research and teaching address these topics through critical, transnational, queer, decolonial and comparative perspectives.