Graduate Studies

The Department of Ethnic Studies offers a Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies. This streamlined program stresses comparative, relational, and transnational analyses of race and ethnicity, along with intersectionally related categories such as gender, sexuality and nation. Our current Ph.D. students are interested in a panoply of topics, which they theorize using diverse frameworks and research using multiple methodologies.

The department offers a Graduate Certificate in Comparative Ethnic Studies for students already enrolled in graduate programs at CU-Boulder who wish to further their training in these areas. Faculty routinely work with graduate students from departments and schools across the Boulder campus, serving on dissertation and comprehensive examination committees, teaching graduate courses in the department, and conducting independent studies.

Faculty Research

Faculty in the Department of Ethnic Studies engage in a wide variety of research fields, including Africana, Asian American, Chicana/o, Native American, and Comparative Ethnic studies, as well as transnational and diasporic studies, American studies, visual and cultural studies, decolonial feminist studies and studies of indigeneity, spirituality, and social movements.  In addition to being dedicated to interdisciplinary work, they are trained in and draw upon disciplines such as history, literature, philosophy, sociology, and anthropology.

Please see the Faculty Publications page for a selected listing of books and articles.

Graduate Courses

Please see the courses page for current course offerings and descriptions.  Graduate courses are numbered 5000 and above.