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Ethnic Studies Minor

Dr. Ana Morana
Director, Ethnic Studies Minor
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Ethnic Studies Minor

The ethnic studies minor is intended to complement students' majors, broadening their fields of study, and providing additional options for careers.

Ethnic Studies at Ship

Ethnic studies is an undergraduate multicultural and interdisciplinary program that offers a broad and intense course of study of the various ethnic groups in the United States. When taking courses in the ethnic studies program, students are encouraged to develop concepts and theories that help to clarify attitudes about people of other cultures. Through understanding and appreciating others’ cultures, students can gain an understanding of the multiple realities of our complex and culturally diverse society.

Students take courses and participate in activities that emphasize the interpretation and understanding of the cultural experiences of ethnic groups in America, as well as focus on significant issues and challenges related to cultural diversity and human understanding. As a result, students will be better prepared to be good workers, neighbors, community members, and family members in our increasingly multicultural society.

Admission and Degree Requirements

The ethnic studies curriculum is interdisciplinary because the study of ethnic groups cannot be confined to one discipline or perspective. Different perspectives through different disciplines add to greater human understanding.

The ethnic studies minor involves a minimum of 18 credits. Students are required to complete three core classes:

  • ETH100 Introduction to Ethnic Studies
  • ETH101 Introduction to African American Studies
  • ETH102 Introduction to Latino Studies

The remaining credits may be completed by choosing from the following approved list of electives which represent a variety of disciplines.

  • ANT111 Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT341 North American Indians
  • ART274 Introduction to Cultural Studio
  • CRJ411 Terrorism
  • CRJ464 Popular Culture, Crime, and Justice
  • CRJ452 Race, Ethnicity, and Crime
  • ENG248 Introduction to Culturally Diverse Literature of the U.S.
  • ENG358 Ethnic Literature
  • ENG375 African American Literature
  • ETS390 Internship
  • GRN480 Valuing Diversity Later in Life
  • HIS305 History of the Civil War Era
  • HIS341 African American History
  • HIS342 Immigration and Ethnicity
  • HCS270 Intergroup/Intercultural Communication
  • HCS310 African American Communication
  • HCS315 Asian American Communication
  • HCS356 Rhetoric of African American Struggle and Progress
  • MUS261 World Music
  • PLS325 African American Politics
  • PSY365 Multicultural Psychology
  • PSY447 Multicultural Health
  • SOC243 Minority Groups
  • SOC351 Race Relations
  • SWK102 Work in Social Welfare
  • SWK250 Assessing Individuals in the Social Environment
  • SWK265 Understanding Diversity for Social Work Practice
  • TCH255 Multicultural Issues and Strategies in Basic Education

To acquire a Letter of Completion in ethnic studies, students must take ETH100 (Introduction to Ethnic Studies) and three of the approved elective courses.

Careers in Ethnic Studies

The minor in ethnic studies enhances employment opportunities in such professions as: 

  • Business
  • Civil service
  • Education
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Social work

The minor also provides additional options for graduate school.