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Bachelor's degree in American Ethnic Studies

B.A. and B.S. in American ethnic studies; minor

The American ethnic studies program seeks to serve society by focusing on underserved communities of color and those historically underrepresented in our nation's universities. Ethnic studies plays a critical social role in the millennial transition to the 21st century. 

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The K-State difference

K-State's American Ethnic Studies program is the only of its kind in the state of Kansas. A major or minor in American ethnic studies provides a broad liberal arts education with skills in critical thinking, comparative analysis, social theory, data analysis, and oral and written communication. 

The program emerged as a response to community-based demands from civil rights movements to include the perspectives of historically erased, socially dismissed and institutionally underrepresented cultural groups. Courses cover the four major underrepresented U.S. ethnic-racial communities: African American, Asian American, Mexican American/Latino and Native American.

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Students that major or minor in American ethnic studies gain applicable expertise in the histories, cultures and contributions of America's diverse communities. They can integrate knowledge about ethnicity and race across various work contexts touching on educational, business, civil rights, medicine, social work, academic and legal sectors. Employers in all sectors recognize the value of hiring people trained to work effectively with diverse communities and cultures and ethnic studies graduates show high salaries and very low unemployment figures according to the Wall Street Journal.

Courses and curriculum

Students must complete 33 hours for a bachelor's degree in American ethnic studies. A minor also is available, requiring 15 credit hours within the American ethnic studies department.

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Further your education

Minor in American ethnic studies
Intercultural Competence Certificate

What can I do with a degree in American ethnic studies?

A degree in American ethnic studies prepares students to live and work in a diverse world. Graduates pursue careers in a variety of specializations and, statistically, enjoy higher employment and salary rates than many other majors.

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