College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2019-2020

Ethnic Studies Program

Ethnic Studies, Minor

Coursework offered in this minor will engage students as they dissect the socially constructed concepts of race and ethnicity and discover how these concepts affect economic, political, and social phenomena. Students will have the opportunity to explore the intersection of race, class, and gender using critical thinking skills and multi-disciplinary and comparative perspectives.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Ethnic Studies?

The coursework required for the Ethnic Studies Minor exposes you to theoretical and critical analyses of race and ethnicity. This minor can be a valuable addition to a History, English, Business, Education, or Anthropology major, to name just a few. The comparative and interdisciplinary courses offer foundational  perspectives on four underrepresented groups: African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicano(as)/Latino(as), and Native Americans.

We emphasize developing relationships with organizations whose work strengthens multicultural and multiracial relationships locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. You will be encouraged to seek out internships which provide you the opportunity to incorporate community service with your academic training.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

No more than 50% of the units used to satisfy minor requirements may be used to satisfy major requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 21
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who study Ethnic Studies courses will be able to:

  • Acquire a critical-analytical understanding of the meaning and impact of race and ethnicity within U.S. and global contexts through analysis of the historical development and evolution of race and ethnicity; their relationship to power and inequity; and their intersections with gender, sexuality, class and culture.
  • Utilize comparative and interdisciplinary analyses and approaches to understanding the perspectives of four underrepresented groups in the U.S. (African Americans, Asian Americans, Chican@/Latin@s, and Native Americans), in local and global contexts.
  • Develop transcultural competence to successfully interact with others outside of the student’s own racial, ethnic, or sociocultural groups and to develop an in-depth knowledge of “other” cultures and peoples.
  • Understand how different racial and ethnic groups experience acculturation and assimilation differently from the dominant population.
  • Understand the systemic problems that prevent the equitable distribution and control of resources in a racially stratified society (Analyze how racism and inequality continue to affect peoples and societies today).
  • Develop the above critical skills by having high-quality small group in-depth discussions with faculty who have demonstrated their expertise in these fields through their integrated scholarship, teaching and community involvement.



Minor Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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