Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduates may earn a major or minor in Ethnic Studies. In addition, they can take classes in the area of Critical Sports Studies. In conjunction with the School of Education, we offer a five-year BA/MA program leading to a Bachelor's degree in Ethnic Studies and an Master's degree in Education (which includes a track leading to teacher certification).

The department offers courses in five areas of concentration: Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicana and Chicano Studies, and Comparative Ethnic Studies.

Ethnic Studies BrochurePlease download the Ethnic Studies Undergraduate Brochure [pdf].






Please visit the Ethnic Studies advising page for information on undergraduate advising.


Ethnic Studies majors or minors with an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher, or a GPA of 3.5 or higher in Ethnic Studies classes, are encouraged to enroll in the Honors program. To graduate with honors, a student must conduct an independent research project, supervised by an Ethnic Studies professor, and write an honors thesis.

Career Possibilities

Since Ethnic Studies provides students with a broad liberal arts education, with an emphasis on critical thinking, comparative analysis, oral/written expression, and an understanding of diversity, the possibilities for its application are limitless, especially in the global economy that exists today and will only expand in the coming years.

Possible Careers with an Ethnic Studies Background:

- Law
- Education
- Medicine
- Public Health
- Social Work
- Journalism
- Business
- Urban Planning
- Politics
- Counseling
- International Relations
- Creative Writing
- Research

For Additional General Info

Career Services can help you at all stages of your education, including providing programs to help you with your career decisions, internships, workshops, and placement into a job following graduation. To make an appointment with a Career Counselor, or for more information, call 303. 492.6541, or drop by Willard Administrative Center 34. Information can also be found at Career Services.

Study Abroad

The experience of studying abroad prepares students to live in an increasingly connected world. Students learn invaluable skills for their future careers, form important cross-cultural relationships, and gain an international perspective that prepares them for the world beyond graduation.

Study Abroad Programs offers over 300 pre-approved programs for students at CU-Boulder, including many excellent options for Ethnic Studies majors and minors.  There are numerous programs and courses available abroad which focus on social justice, indigenous peoples, diaspora studies, and more.

Information on all CU-approved programs is available at http://studyabroad.colorado.edu.

For more information about studying abroad, please attend Study Abroad 101: Your First Step! This 30-minute session is offered multiple times each week and covers the basics of studying abroad as a CU-Boulder student. Check here for times and locations.