Department of Ethnic Studies
The skills and knowledge that students gain while pursuing this degree are transferable to a variety of careers.
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). The skills and knowledge that students gain while pursuing this degree are transferable to a variety of careers. 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.
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.
We also offer a certificate program in Cultural Diversity Studies designed to appeal to undergraduate students with a background in any major.