The Ethnic Studies major was created to initiate and promote interdisciplinary research and teaching in African American studies, American studies, Asian American studies, Chicana/o studies, and cross cultural and comparative studies. In addition, coursework is designed to develop skills in oral and written expression, in research design, and in critical thinking.

The department also seeks to empower students by giving them a voice through participatory, experiential, diverse student-centered learning. All students are encouraged to look at their inherited/political/social/cultural positions in society, and create a new social reality in the ever changing global society that is our Earth. Completion of the program leads to a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree in Ethnic Studies.

The ethnic studies major provides a broad liberal arts education with skills in critical thinking, comparative analysis, social theory, data gathering and analysis, and oral and written expression. These skills, coupled with its emphasis on diversity make the ethnic studies degree particularly useful for the coming century. It provides you with appropriate training for fields such as law, education, medicine, public health, social work, journalism, business, urban planning, politics, counseling, international relations, and creative writing, as well as university teaching and research. 

Career Services (www.colorado.edu/career) helps students discover who they are, what they want to do, and how to get there. They are the bridge between academics and the world of work.

Career Services offers free services for all CU-Boulder degree-seeking students, and alumni up to one year after graduation. Meet individually the staff to discuss major and career exploration, internship or job searching, and graduate school preparation.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) offers students a chance to work alongside a faculty sponsor on original research. Learn to write proposals, conduct research, pursue creative work, analyze data, and present the results. For more information, call UROP at 303-492-2596, http://enrichment.colorado.edu/urop/.

The experience of studying abroad can prove invaluable for you as an ethnic studies major. Your first-hand experience abroad can provide you with a deeper understanding of culture and attitudes of people of color in other parts of the world and their carryover into the United States. The university offers more than 100 programs throughout the world that offer credit, in some cases fulfilling major and core requirements. You may spend a few weeks to a full academic year abroad, depending on the program you select. 

Prior language study or other prerequisites are necessary for some programs, so early planning for study abroad is essential. Further information about study abroad is available from the Office of International Education which is located in the Center for Community, and at http://studyabroad.colorado.edu/.

Please speak with your advisor for specific recommendations; the following is intended to be a general outline only and there may be flexibility to this plan.

Ethnic Studies Major 4-Year Plan

NOTE: This example will outline the major requirements, but the order of some of your classes can vary greatly.  It is important to check your Degree Audit and work with your major advisor each semester to make sure you are aware of your requirements and graduation timeline.  This is especially true of students with added majors, minors, or certificates.

 

First Year – Fall Semester
ETHN 2001
(3): Foundations: Race & Ethnicity in the US
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (suggested: Lower-Division Written Communication)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (see Degree Audit for options)
Elective or MAPS if needed (3)
Elective or MAPS if needed (3)

First Year – Spring Semester
ETHN
Elective (3): Lower or Upper-Division
ETHN Elective (3): Lower or Upper-Division
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (see Degree Audit for options)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (Quantitative Reasoning & Mathematical Skills)
Elective or MAPS if needed (3)


Second Year – Fall Semester
ETHN Selected Topic Course
(3): Upper-Division (see Degree Audit for options)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (see Degree Audit for options)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (see Degree Audit for options)
CORE (4): Natural Science w lab
Elective (3)

Second Year – Spring Semester
ETHN Elective
(3): Upper-Division (fifteen ETHN Upper-Division elective credits required)
CORE (3): Natural Science
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (see Degree Audit for options)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)


Third Year – Fall Semester
ETHN Elective
(3): Upper-Division
ETHN Elective (3): Upper-Division
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (suggested: Upper-Division Written Communication)
CORE (3): Natural Science
Elective (3)

Third Year – Spring Semester
ETHN Elective
(3): Upper-Division
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (suggested: Upper-Division Literature & the Arts)
CORE (3): Natural Science
Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective (3)


Fourth Year – Fall Semester
ETHN 3501
(3): Theory/Methods/Writing
ETHN Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective (3)

Fourth Year – Spring Semester
ETHN 4951
(3): Senior/Graduate Seminar
Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective (3)
Elective (3)