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The Ethnic Studies BA curriculum trains students to transform society and engage in real-world problem solving through a vibrant interaction with the intersectional histories and contributions of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC). Ethnic Studies graduates cultivate cultural competency skills that are highly valued by employers, who serve increasingly diverse clientele. Our students find employment in a variety of fields including: law, teaching, journalism, marketing, community organizing and social work.
- This is an on-campus and online program.
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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.
To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major 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 courses that apply to the major 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. Courses taken using P+/P/F or S/U grading cannot apply to major requirements.
- Students must complete 15 ETST credit hours with CU Denver faculty.
|Complete all of the following required Ethnic Studies courses:
|Introduction to Ethnic Studies
|African American History
|Chicano/a and Latino/a History
|Social History of Asian Americans
|History of the American Indian
|Research Methods in Ethnic Studies
|Capstone in Ethnic Studies
|Complete four additional upper-division (3000 or above) Ethnic Studies elective courses.
Upon completion of the Ethnic Studies BA, students will be able to
Explain theories and histories of marginalization and discrimination. Discuss the implications of biased treatment on contemporary events
Identify diverse social positions. Analyze how social position affects access
Describe the evolution and social construction of collective identities
Be aware of one’s own attitudes and identities in the context of cultural diversity. Recognize the connection between one’s own attitudes and identities and personal and professional interactions
Summarize the contributions and impact by diverse groups to institutions and society
To learn more about the Student Learning Outcomes for this program, please visit our Ethnic Studies Learning Outcomes page.
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