Designed for students interested in the critical study of race and ethnicity from multiple disciplinary perspectives, our interdisciplinary major and minor programs offer a wide range of courses that fulfill both Multicultural Perspectives and many other General Education requirements. Ethnic Studies courses also complement many majors in the humanities, social sciences, the arts, and education, such as English, History, Religious Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Art, Communication Studies, and various Education or Teaching majors. It is often possible to pair an Ethnic Studies major with a more traditional major or minor represented in the program.
A background in ethnic studies provides a strong foundation for a career in the fields of diversity and inclusion, education, health care services, business, advertising and marketing, advocacy, journalism, community organizing, social services, psychology, counseling, and a wide variety of civil service positions in all levels of government, as well as graduate study in a number of disciplines.
Ethnic Studies Scholarships are available for incoming first-year or incoming transfer students who plan to major or minor in Ethnic Studies. The Ethnic Studies scholarship is renewable annually based upon continuous full-time enrollment and satisfactory progress toward the major or minor degree. To apply, please contact Edgewood Central: (608) 663-4300.
CME Distinguished Lecture Series
Each year, to advance multicultual inquiry, understanding, and engagement for both faculty and students, the Center for Multicultural Education invites to campus an eminent national scholar of ethnic studies. Our spring 2012 lecture featured Dr. Leslie Bow, Professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and author of “Partly Colored”: Asian Americans and Racial Anomaly in the Segregated South (New York University Press, 2010). In spring 2011, Dr. Laura Rendón, Professor of Higher Education at the University of Texas-San Antonio and the author of Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation (Stylus, 2008) delivered the inaugural lecture.
Ethnic Studies Association
An active student organization for Ethnic Studies majors and minors, the ESA provides opportunities for co-curricular activities and civic engagement and creates a community of engaged learners committed to multicultural education and social justice.
For more information about Ethnic Studies please contact:
Huining Ouyang, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Multicultural Education and Ethnic Studies
Ethnic Studies Course Descriptions