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Ethnic Studies
Last updated 4/28/1999

Knowledge and skill goals for this undergraduate degree program are recorded in the most recent CU-Boulder catalog.

In some summaries of assessment activity, goals are referred to by number (e.g., K-2 is knowledge goal 2).

Activities in 1998-99

A survey of all Ethnic Studies alumni since 1991 was done in the fall of 1998, as part of the Departmentís program review process. The overall response was favorable, and also yielded some well-constructed comments and recommendations. There were approximately 30 questionnaires mailed out; 11 responses were received.

The alumni were asked to answer questions with a rating of 1 to 5, with 1 being the least favorable and 5 being the most favorable. Most of the responses about the Ethnic Studies program were either 4 or 5. Career advising received mainly neutral ratings. Opportunities to interact with faculty and availability of desired courses both received a couple of "dissatisfied" ratings. Most respondents indicated that they would recommend majoring in Ethnic Studies at CU-Boulder to a friend.

All of those who responded said they were currently employed; jobs included teacher, store manager, food service worker, counselor, physician, and office administrator. There was a full range of responses to the question asking how useful the Ethnic Studies major was to current occupation or work, with the midpoint, "3," receiving the most responses on the 1 to 5 scale. Most agreed that the four core courses were useful and that the sequencing of these courses was satisfactory. When asked about which courses were most useful, almost all of the courses in the department were mentioned at least once. A similar question about which faculty members were most helpful was also asked, and all department professors were mentioned at least once. Some recommendations included more interaction between faculty and students, and more Asian-American Studies courses.

In light of these findings, the department will work to improve academic and career advising for students. The department will also continue to improve and streamline its curriculum.

General comments were welcomed; some of these are listed below:

Thank you for this experience. My ethnic studies course work will always be there in my mind and heart.

Overall my experience with the department was wonderful. It really changed the way I thought about my self and society. However the one type of course that is needed is a rigid writing course for the discipline. Need also a strong Asian-American Studies course thatís very grounded in theories rather than just experiences.

It was very difficult being a white female student in a Black Studies program. I received an excellent education. What I learned in my program I carry over and use in my everyday life experiences.

It is truly a fantastic program and the university should work with the department in order to create a graduate program in ethnic studies. The faculty in the department are enormously dedicated to their students and should be recognized for this.

I wish there was more that I could do with my major after school. Also the things I learned were very interesting.

I believe that I have learned skills that will help me in my career path that I will follow. Most of my professors taught me things that I would never have discovered if I chose a different major.

Boulder was a place to search though my heritage. The Ethnic Studies department was where I focused this search academically. The reservations I have fall around a need for more personal support - (i.e. contact with professors on a less formal basis). I did receive some of this, and the burden falls on both student and teacher. But I donít think it would hurt anyone to hold faculty-student get togethers or for a faculty member to be interested in a students life.

I believe that no other major or field of study examines such important and critical issues in the US. The historical and contemporary implications of race and ethnicity are of particular importance. Ethnic Studies, I believe, pushed me to think critically - more so than any major would have.

In my opinion, the dynamics of what is studied in Ethnic Studies touch on virtually every aspect of life.

Excellent teaching but I donít think itís for everybody depending on long term educational or career goals.

Too many people, if not most, are extremely dumb about the dynamics of people. The moniker ETHNIC STUDIES throws people off who are not knowledgeable of the major. It is really the study of people, including the self as it pertains socially, economically, politically, and psychologically. With the knowledge of "People Dynamics," more respect towards others would be feasible. This knowledge could break down stereotypes, bias beliefs and discrimination. It is needed by all in order to understand the dynamics of people so we can better communicate and interact at a more knowledgeable and personable level. It will also help scrutinize force fed information and stimuli, and help us focus on a better view of the world and everything that goes on in it. That is why I would strongly recommend majoring in Ethnic Studies.


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