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Ethnic Studies is a social science sub-discipline that studies race, ethnicity, and indigeneity. It analyses how race and ethnicity were and continues to be a powerful social, cultural and political force. Ethnic Studies is a critical and interdisciplinary program that draws from disciplines like anthropology, sociology, history, English, art history, communications, and political science. It looks at the differences between different ethnic groups around the world. The goal of an Ethnic Studies program is to examine relations between racial and ethnic groups and how they intersect with class, gender, and sexuality at personal and collective levels.

Ethnic Studies courses allow students to understand the different historical movements for social transformation, resistance, and liberation. The subject provides in-depth knowledge about the cultural heritage, political issues, language, and identity of various ethnic groups. The model curriculum covers topics like race and racism, structural violence, colonialism, discrimination, assimilation, and revolution.

Students pursuing a degree in Ethnic Studies will not only gain theoretical knowledge but also the ability to apply what they have learned to real-world problems. They will be able to examine historical racial-ethnic conflicts and analyze the strategies used to solve such issues. Students will develop the capability to work with people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds and to understand the challenges faced in multi-ethnic societies. They will also gain valuable research, writing, analysis, critical thinking, and cultural awareness skills.


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Students interested in pursuing a degree in Ethnic Studies can do so at various levels of study. These are:

Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies
Bachelor of Arts in American and Ethnic Studies
Bachelor of Science in Black Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies
Bachelor of Arts in History and Civilizations
Bachelor Degree in Indigenous Knowledge, History, and Heritage
Bachelor Degree in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing
Bachelor of Arts in Race and Ethnic Studies
Master of Arts in Ethnic Studies
Master of Arts in Race, Education, and Decolonial Thought
Master of Science in Cultural Anthropology
Master of Science in Migration, Ethnic Relations, and Multiculturalism
Master of Arts in Heritage Studies
Pre-master degree in Culture, Diaspora, and Ethnicity
Pre-master degree in Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Ethnic Studies
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in History and Ethnology
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Anthropology


Ethnic Studies offers a number of areas of specialization which students can choose to opt for based on their interests; these are:

Comparative Ethnic Studies
Asian American Studies
Asian Diaspora Studies
Chicano and Latino Studies

Throwing Caps

Students can choose to specialize in areas like:

Native American Studies
African Studies
Ethnic Studies and Society
Colonialism, Migration, and Diaspora

State, Inequality, and Resistance
Identities and Representation
Global Ethnic Studies
Black Studies
Gender and Sexuality in Communities of Colour



An ethnic Study is an interdisciplinary approach that studies ethnic groups in society and provides students extensive knowledge and skills that increase their employability in a number of fields. The job roles include:

Administrative Analyst
Diversity Specialist
Bilingual Education Consultant


    Community Organization Worker
    Immigration Worker
    Foreign Service Officer
    Intelligence Analyst
    Professor / Teacher


    Public Relations Manager
    International Relations Specialist
    Tribal Government Worker
    Union Organizer
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