Ethnic Studies focuses on the historical and contemporary experiences of people of color in the United States, including Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic/Latino(a), and Asian Americans.
Emphasis is placed on their achievements and contributions to American society as well as on their roles within the complex dynamics of racial and ethnic relations. Introductory ethnic studies courses are offered, as are more specialized courses focusing on one ethnic group or a specific topic.
In addition, students of all levels are encouraged to pursue independent study and research under the guidance of the ethnic studies faculty. Ethnic studies courses provide new and different perspectives on American society, making them an appropriate and necessary addition to any course of study.