Ethnic Studies Major

Ethnic Studies is a program that focuses on the interdisciplinary and comparative study of the history, sociology, politics, culture, and economics of North American racial and ethnic groups, including African Americans, American Indians/Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans.

Ethnic Studies majors and degree programs are multidisciplinary and include instruction in the history, culture, and literature across the spectrum of racial and ethnic peoples.

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Search for colleges that offer a degree in Ethnic Studies (use the College Search feature and enter " Ethnic Studies " in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.

What can you do with a major/degree in Ethnic Studies?

A major/degree in this area of study may lead to careers in teaching, either in colleges and universities or secondary schools at the K-12 level.  In addition, counseling (clinical, career, or academic) field may be an option.  Furthering your education for a career in law can make good use of the major’s specialized knowledge of underrepresented communities. This knowledge is also useful in various careers such as, journalism, marketing, community and housing development, radio and television, health and medicine, community and union organizing.

Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Ethnic Studies:

Professional associations are groups of specialists dedicated to topics in particular fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.

Publications/Magazines in Ethnic Studies: