Ethnic Studies, Minor
Ethnic Studies Program
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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.
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|
The Ethnic Studies Program introduces students to theoretical, historical, and critical analyses of race and ethnicity in the United States, as well as to central questions, topics, and applications that have emerged in this field of inquiry around the world. Students explore ways in which race and ethnicity have historically evolved, their relationships to power and inequity, and their intersections with other axes of stratification, including gender, sexuality, class, and culture.
Using theories and methods from African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicano/Latino/a Studies and Native American Studies, students engage in comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding a diverse society and world. Through Ethnic Studies, students will develop relationships with organizations and individuals who are multicultural and multiracial in local, regional, and global contexts. The interpersonal skills and knowledge practices of underrepresented groups will benefit students of all backgrounds in their personal, professional and career development.
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.
Take the following 21 units:
- ES 100 (3 units)
- Select two Ethnic Studies core courses from (6 units):
- Select one additional core course from (3 units):
- Select additional Ethnic Studies courses from (6-9 units):
- Courses such as Chicana Feminism, African Americans and the Law, Non-Violence, Social Change and Race Relations have been offered as special topics. You can repeat the special topics course twice for ES Minor credit, as long as the topic is different each time.
- Optional: Select an elective course from (0-3 units):
- AIS 101, AIS 201, AIS 202, AIS 232, AIS 304, AIS 350, AIS 450, AIS 470
- ANT 205, ANT 306
- ASN 208
- BME 210, BME 420,
- CCJ 345W, CCJ 415
- COM 301
- EDF 484
- ENG 245, ENG 247, ENG 345
- FOR 230
- GSP 375W
- HIS 293, HIS 378, HIS 378, HIS 380, HIS 381, HIS 396, HIS 413, HIS 496
- HUM 291
- POS 210, POS 320
- SOC 315, SOC 360, SOC 515
- SPA 311, SPA 353
- Topic Courses: Advisor Approval Required
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.