Ethnic Studies

Bachelor of Arts
College of Arts and Sciences
School of Cultural and Critical Studies

The Department of Ethnic Studies offers a major designed to foster an understanding of the significance of race and the experiences of people of color in the United States. Students explore the ways in which racial and ethnic identities, social relations, and our contemporary realities have been shaped over time. Drawing on the scholarship and methods of several disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, Ethnic Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding issues concerning globalization, immigration, public policy, media representations, and racial and ethnic conflict. The major emphasizes a socially responsible scholarship that will enable students to think about and engage critically the world they live in and their place in it.

Career Opportunities

Living in a multicultural world demands an understanding of racial and ethnic diversity in both national and global contexts. Such knowledge is also increasingly important in a wide variety of professional careers. Ethnic Studies graduates have entered rewarding careers in private industries and large corporations as human resource personnel, in law, education, community organizing, the entertainment industry, international relations and other professions that require sensitivity to diversity-related issues, an enhanced social consciousness, and understanding of contemporary debates in public life.



Ethnic Studies majors complete 7 elective courses (at appropriate levels) and 4 required courses: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Culture; Gender, Race & Culture in Community-Based Work; Qualitative Research Methods; and the Capstone Seminar.


Ethnic Studies minors will take a total of 21 hours of Ethnic Studies courses selected in consultation with the School Advisor. These must include one 3000-level course and two 4000-level courses.

Latina/o Studies Minor

Latina/or Studies students must take Introduction to Latina/o Studies, History of Mexican Americans, 4 courses focusing on U.S. Latinos, and 1 course focusing on Latin America.


The Department of Ethnic Studies offers many core and cross-listed courses. The following is a sample of courses offered in the past three years.

Special Features

Students in Ethnic Studies take the four required courses with other students from the units in the School of Cultural and Critical Studies which includes American Culture Studies, Popular Culture, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. These interdisciplinary courses are designed to bring together the diverse knowledge and skills our majors have gathered and prepare them for life after BGSU. In these courses, students will learn cultural studies theories and research methods, create their own research project, and engage in service-learning. Internships are also strongly encouraged. The School of Culture and Critical Studies Advisor works with students to identify an internship site and supervisor, and establish a work schedule. The Advisor approves internship plans and evaluates the student’s internship paper or report.

The department faculty members are drawn from several disciplines whose research offer a wide range of expertise and brings to bear innovative and challenging approaches to learning. Committed to excellence in teaching, the faculty draws on interdisciplinary and integrative multi-media approaches to learning. The department encourages students to participate in lectures and programs hosted by distinguished scholars and artists. Recent noted scholars, activists, and artists who have given such public lectures and class workshops for departments include Michelle Alexander, Keith Beauchamp, Bruce Yamashita, Francie Washburn, and Beverly Guy-Shefftal.

Preparation for College

Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent for preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.

For Further Information

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The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

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