The Ethnic Studies minor is designed to help students majoring in the liberal arts and sciences develop a sophisticated and broad understanding of ethnicity and its role in contemporary American society. It provides students with the theories and concepts needed to comprehend and interpret relations between and among ethnic groups in the U.S. Students are better prepared to live and work in a pluralistic society when educational institutions foster a positive learning environment in which differences contained within various U.S. communities can be studied not as a social problem, as is often the case, but for their history of struggles and contributions.

The interdisciplinary nature of the Ethnic Studies program curriculum provides students the opportunity, through academic investigation, to develop a greater understanding of the cultural pluralism of the present-day United States and to acquire skills needed in professional and social service fields. This multidisciplinary, comparative approach to contemporary and historical research methodologies provides the basis for students to analyze the diverse social, economic, political and cultural facets of ethnic groups in the United States. Special emphasis is given to new perspectives that recover the history, creative expression and voices previously excluded by the traditional approaches to higher education.

Courses offered under the minor reflect prevailing thought in ethnic studies, draw parallels between various groups in the U.S., and link the studies of their countries of origin with current and historical research on race and ethnic relations in the U.S. These courses reflect critical analyses of the dominant perspectives through which ethnic groups have been described and perceived. Also investigated are the intersections of ethnicity with structures of political, educational, gender, business and economic, social, and cultural power, all of which are emphasized through the study of materials and works by and about previously excluded groups. The cultural processes through which ethnic groups have sustained or altered their cultural identities are emphasized, as well as the pressures faced by members of various ethnic groups to maintain traditional values and conform to mainstream U.S. society.

General Requirements

A student who wishes to minor in Ethnic Studies is required to complete 18 semester hours in Ethnic Studies with a grade of C or better. These hours are to be taken with UC Denver faculty (any exception needs to be approved by the Ethnic Studies advisor). At least nine of the required 18 hours must be in courses numbered 3000 or above. Courses are to be taken with UC Denver faculty (any exception needs to be approved by the Ethnic Studies advisor.) You must be a degree-seeking student. Cross-listed courses must be registered under ETST to get credit for a minor.

Course Requirements- 18 Credit Hours for the Minor in Ethnic Studies:

Required Course: ETST 2000- Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3 credit hours)

Credit Hours




ETST 2000 Introduction of Ethnic Studies CU Core


ETST 2155 African American History CU Core


ETST 3108  Chicano/a and Latino/a History


ETST 3297 Social History of Asian Americans


ETST 3396 History of American Indians


ETST Electives

Questions? Contact the CLAS Advising Office to declare the major and begin the planning process. Current ethnic studies minors may also want to talk with Ethnic Studies Advisor Dennis Green about how their earned credits would translate into a major.