Program Learning Outcomes

Students will gain the following:


Study the roles of race and ethnicity in U.S. society, both historically and today.

Analyze how economic and political forces intersect with race and ethnicity in the United States.

Understand the aesthetic and creative contributions of U.S. non-whites.

Address the representation of racial and ethnic minorities in American culture, history, and politics.

Understand the relationships between ideology and power.

Study the intersectional natures of race, ethnicity, class, gender, religion, region, nationality, and other factors.


Develop an understanding of how race and ethnicity are tied to personal values.

Gain an appreciation for the role non-whites have played in building America.

Foster a moral and political commitment to multiculturalism.

Understand the connections between individual achievement and community involvement.


Complete a research or creative project in ethnic studies.

Build critical thinking abilities and apply them to real-life issues.

Develop oral and written communication skills.