Ethnic Studies Program

Mission Statement for Ethnic Studies:

Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary minor degree program that explores the impact of race and ethnicity on the creation of identity, justice, and power. Students apply critical theories of race and intersectionality to understand systems of privilege and oppression in a complex society, gaining a multicultural competency to work with populations that are both diverse and inclusive. (WGE approved 4/18/18).

Minor Degree:  The minor degree complements a student’s major by focusing on race and ethnicity in a variety of disciplines. It consists of 18 credit hours, up to 6 hours of which can overlap with a student’s major degree requirements. One introductory course is required (“Introduction to Ethnic Studies” ETHS 101) and five courses are designated electives from at least two different departments. Click on the “Class Schedules” link for course offerings each semester.


Triota: Triota (Iota-Iota-Iota) is a student organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting scholarship in Women’s, Gender, & Ethnic Studies and to empowering students of any sex, gender, race, orientation, status, and ability. It promotes awareness of gender, ethnic, and racial issues on campus and in the community while also fostering activism and advocacy. Contact program director for more information.


To add the minor degree to your academic program, complete the program change form to “add a minor” in MyBlue, or contact the Women’s, Gender & Ethnic Studies program director.




Linda Van Ingen

Director, Women's, Gender & Ethnic Studies Program; Professor, History
(308) 865-8772