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The skills and knowledge that students gain while pursuing a BA degree with a Major in Ethnic Studies at CU Denver 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, who serve increasingly diverse clientele. Other occupations that employ many ethnic studies graduates include: law, teaching, journalism, marketing, community organizing and social work. Ethnic studies graduates also find work in non-profit agencies and in federal, state, and local government agencies.
These degree requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their major advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
- This is an on-campus program and some courses are available online.
Declaring This Major
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To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
- CU Denver General Graduation Requirements
- CU Denver Core Curriculum
- College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Graduation Requirements
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- Students must complete a minimum of 33 credits in ETST coursework.
- Students must complete a minimum of 16 upper division (3000-level and above) ETST credit hours.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all major courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative major GPA of 2.0. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the major GPA. Students cannot complete major or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
- Students must complete 15 ETST credit hours with CU Denver faculty.
|Take all of the following required courses:||18|
|ETST 2000||Introduction to Ethnic Studies||3|
|ETST 2155||African American History||3|
|ETST 3108||Chicano/a and Latino/a History||3|
|ETST 3297||Social History of Asian Americans||3|
|ETST 3396||History of the American Indian||3|
|ETST 4000||Research Methods in Ethnic Studies||3|
|Take four Ethnic Studies Electives||12|
|ETST 3002||Ethnicity, Health and Social Justice||3|
|ETST 3010||Conference Participation||1|
|ETST 3110||Indigenous Studies||3|
|ETST 3125||Multiracial Families and Communities||3|
|ETST 3155||The African Diaspora||3|
|ETST 3211||Hip Hop Music & Culture||3|
|ETST 3224||U.S. Middle East Culture and Religion||3|
|ETST 3230||African American Family||3|
|ETST 3254||Race and Ethnicity in the Inner City||3|
|ETST 3272||Global Media||3|
|ETST 3274||Power, Poverty, Culture||3|
|ETST 3350||Colonial Latin America||3|
|ETST 3574||Topics in Ethnic Studies||3|
|ETST 3697||Contemporary Asian American Experience||3|
|ETST 3704||Culture, Racism and Alienation||3|
|ETST 3840||Independent Study: ETST||3|
|ETST 3842||Independent Study: ETST||3|
|ETST 3995||Global Study Topics||3|
|ETST 4144||Indigenous Political Systems||3|
|ETST 4146||Indigenous Politics||3|
|ETST 4156||The Arab-Israeli Peace Process||3|
|ETST 4165||Cultural Diversity Awareness in the Workplace||3|
|ETST 4220||African-American Literature||3|
|ETST 4411||Modern Mexico||3|
|ETST 4840||Independent Study: ETST||3|
|ETST 4995||Global Study Topics||3|
|PSCI 4457||American Political Thought *||3|
The faculty are currently developing a cross-list between PSCI 4457 and ETST 4457, American Political Thought, and intend to offer it starting Fall 2021. ETST 4457 will count as an elective course for the Ethnic Studies BA.
|Take the following capstone course:||3|
|ETST 4960||Capstone in Ethnic Studies||3|
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