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Catalog 2023-24 
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Ethnic & Gender Studies Minor

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The Minor in Ethnic and Gender Studies gives you the intellectual knowledge and tools to be an agent of social change, to thrive professionally, and to flourish as a critic of social structures in the United States. Students in this major learn how multiple social identities – including ethnicity, race, class, gender, sexuality, and/or ability – intersect and shape our lives, contributing to our life experiences, our opportunities, and the challenges faced by members of our communities. Students also learn how communities can engage in collective action to resist and address oppression by affirming their agency and humanity.

After completing the Ethnic and Gender Studies Minor, you will be prepared to take what you have learned and apply it to work as an educator, community organizer, policy maker, advocate, and leader, and you will be well-prepared to pursue many professions where knowledge of diverse communities is essential for success. Students in this minor can also pursue law degrees, graduate studies in many fields including ethnic studies, feminist and gender studies, cultural studies, and American Studies.

Required Courses

Please note:  Twelve of the units taken to complete a minor (6 of which are upper division) may not be used in fulfillment of other minors, concentrations, or major requirements.


Learning Outcomes

MLO 1: Cultural Expressions/Representations

Analyze the intellectual traditions, popular culture, and everyday practices of people of color/ethnic communities and how gender shapes these cultural expressions. Explain how representations shape our understanding of race, ethnicity, and gender

MLO 2: Social Movements and Communities

Understand and evaluate how social structures shape the lived experiences and life chances of people in racialized and gendered ways and how people shape the conditions of their lives through collective action and coalition-building.

MLO 3: Historical Formations

Describe and critically analyze the different historical dynamics, including colonialism and slavery, that have impacted the lived experiences of indigenous people, people of color/ethnic communities and different gendered groups in the United States and/or transnationally.

MLO 4: Theories of Race and Gender

Recognize and apply key theoretical formations in ethnic and gender studies such as racial formation theory, intersectionality, racial capitalism, queer of color critique, Marxist feminism, relational-cultural theory and/or critical race theory. Illustrate how histories of colonialism and slavery shape social categories of race and gender.

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