The mission of the ethnic studies minor is to provide students with a rigorous and disciplined examination of historically underrepresented ethnic groups in the U.S. In so doing, it will assist the university and its efforts to promote an academic environment that embraces the study and understanding of the history, culture, and contributions of ethnic groups as legitimate components of the educational experience offered to all students at Shippensburg University.
Goals and Objectives of the Program
Academic Year 2015-2016
Goal 1. Develop critical and independent thinking
about race and ethnicities.
- The students will
comprehend, research and analyze critically and independently different
ideas and issues on race and ethnicity in America.
- The students will be able
to interrelate the various cultures in America, and their interaction with
- The students will
understand and explain the historical, political, economical and cultural
impact of diverse cultures in America.
Goal 2. Promote multidisciplinary approach to address
topics within the framework of race and ethnicity
- The students will utilize
different disciplines and approaches to critically study and analyze
issues of race and ethnicity
- The students will value
and integrate socio-political factors to the study of the various cultures
- The students will compare
and contrast the various artistic expressions of the different ethnicities
Goal 3. Comprehend and increase awareness
on racial issues in connection with social justice
students will be able to participate in events and discussions across campus,
expressing their ideas and perspectives developed in courses of the program
students will participate in organizations across campus or in different
communities, targeting the improvement of social environment
Ethnic Studies Minor Strategies
Strategy 1 Recruitment of Students for
the program across campus and in open houses to reach a diverse pool of
information and advertise on ETS across different department and campus
information and advertise on ETS across the general education students
attending our core courses
- Promote undergraduate
research across the courses of the program, either under the form of course or conference papers and class
undergraduate and faculty research and presentations on topics that pertain to
Recruitment and involvement of faculty members
faculty members who teach courses (core or electives) and request and encourage
their participation in activities of the program
encouraging and promoting the faculty research by choosing a Shippensburg
University faculty member as ETS fall speaker
and support faculty research through funding with travel and conference money
Promote, teach and create a dialogue between Shippensburg University students
and faculty about multiculturalism and diversity in America
the students to do research and promote discussion on topics of diversity and
debate and a campus wide dialogue on different topics on diversity (this AY the
main focus will be Native American cultures) a propos of fall and spring presentations to create
and deepen changes in the ETS curriculum (core courses added as General
Education courses; addition of new electives)
Interdisciplinary Minors Policy
College of Arts and Sciences
A minor should consist of a minimum of 18 credit hours with no more than a total of 24 maximum. In an 18 credit hours minor, at least 6 of these credits must be in courses at the 300 level or higher, in minors of more than 18 credits, at least 9 of these credits must be in courses at the 300 level or higher.
No more than six credits in a minor may be counted towards another minor or major. No triple counting of courses is allowed.
Students who receive a minor from Shippensburg University must complete a minimum of 50% of the courses in residence at the university.
Students who have a minor listed on their transcript at graduation, they must attain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 for the courses in the minor.
Students must first have declared a major in some discipline before declaring a minor.
The Ethnic Studies minor consists of 18 credit hours, nine of which include three core courses: ETH 100 Introduction to Ethnic Studies; ETH 101 Introduction to African American Studies; ETH 102 Introduction to Latino Studies. These core courses incorporate a centric based perspective.
A centric perspective maintains that all experiences are culturally grounded. Therefore, when examining ethnic groups from a centric perspective professors offer to students interpretations of ethnic realities based on evidence and data secured from reference to the voice of the ethnic group being studied.
In addition to providing students with a centric perspective, attention also focuses on observer perspectives of ethnic groups. Both perspectives are important in providing students with a balanced examination of ethnic groups.
Students may complete the additional nine credit hour requirement from a menu of courses from various academic departments as long as 6 of 9 credits are upper level (300/400) courses. These elective courses also offer both centric and observer perspectives. Other educational activities such as a lecture series, workshops, colloquiums, projects, and field trips complement classroom instruction.
The interdisciplinary minor is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to a director, an ethnic studies advisory committee also governs the program. The advisory committee, comprised of several subcommittees, coordinates, plans, initiates, and generally helps to chart the direction for ethnic/multicultural education at the university. The advisory committee consists mostly of faculty representing various disciplines across the university curriculum.