Ethnic studies is an interdisciplinary program whose primary focus is on developing knowledge, attitudes and skills to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries. Basic to the development of those knowledges, attitudes and skills is an understanding of and appreciation for the unique experiences of the various ethnic groups in the larger context of United States society. This discussion helps students understand the role of past experiences in influencing current race and ethnic relations. Students from all backgrounds engage in constructive debates and critical thinking and work diligently with dedicated faculty to develop strategies for harmonious living.
The ethnic studies program offers undergraduate degrees through the field major and the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) options.