Department of Ethnic Studies

With an Ethnic Studies degree you will learn how the experiences of Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos and American Indians are fundamental to a comprehensive understanding of US history, culture, and society. You will discover how the experiences of different racial and ethnic groups are distinct but interrelated. You will analyze the racial and ethnic experience from an interdisciplinary perspective to gain a background in the theories and concepts required to understand and interpret inter- and intra-group relations in the United States.


Ethnic Studies Major

Students earning a BA degree with a Major in Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Denver will complete a minimum of 33 credit hours in ethnic studies (21 required hours in ethnic studies, 12 elective credit hours in ethnic studies). In common with other liberal arts graduates, those with a degree in ethnic studies will be trained in creative and critical thinking, complex reasoning, and effective communication. In addition, ethnic studies graduates will have cultural competency skills that are highly valued by employers, especially those in sales and service areas. Other occupations that employ many ethnic studies graduates include: teaching, journalism, marketing, community and union organizing, and social work. Ethnic studies graduates also find work in non-profit agencies and in federal, state and local government agencies.

Ethnic Studies Minor

The Ethnic Studies program is designed to help you develop a breadth and depth of understanding of ethnicity and its significance in contemporary American society. As you analyze the ethnic experience from an interdisciplinary perspective, you will gain a background in the theories and concepts required to understand and interpret inter- and intra-group relations in the United States. The Ethnic Studies minor focuses on the history, culture and contemporary situation of Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos and American Indians. Students apply this knowledge in a variety of careers involving intercultural relations.

Other Programs

We also offer a certificate program in Cultural Diversity Studies and an American Indian Studies Certificate designed to appeal to undergraduate students with a background in any major.