What is Ethnic Studies? 

Ethnic Studies is the comparative, critical, and intersectional study of race, ethnicity, and Indigeneity. The breadth and focus of Ethnic Studies courses provide students with a strong basis in Liberal Arts education preparing them for a wide range of professional and civic roles as local, national, and global citizens, leaders, and change-agents. We strive to highlight the histories and contributions of all Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color as key agents in local, national, and transnational contexts and therefore students and faculty engage a variety of issues and topics including race and racism, immigration, policing, colonialism, empire, war, religion and spirituality, art, diaspora, literature and storytelling, history, gender and sexuality, and feminism, among others. The department offers a major, minor, and certificate programs (undergraduate and graduate students).

Ethnic Studies Major, Minor, and Certificates

Students earning a BA degree with a major or minor in Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Denver will be trained in creative and critical thinking, complex reasoning, and effective communication. In addition, our students develop cultural competency skills that are highly valued in a variety of career paths. This includes careers in healthcare, education, law, journalism, business, community and union organizing, social work and counseling, publishing, tech, film and television, politics and policy, non-profits and government agencies, and libraries and museums, among others. For more information about our certificate program: African American Studies CertificateAmerican Indian Studies CertificateCultural Diversity Studies, Ethnic Studies Graduate Certificate, and Latinx Studies Certificate.