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School of Languages, Cultures, and Race College of Arts and Sciences

Comparative Ethnic Studies

Program Overview

Comparative ethnic studies (CES) offers a unique opportunity to study the social, economic, and political forces that have shaped the historic experience of diverse ethnic communities in the United States over the past 500 years and that continue to determine our future.

CES embraces interdisciplinary, comparative, and transnational approaches to studying race relations and the intersectionality of race, gender, class, sexuality, nation, and globalization.

The course work fosters an in-depth understanding of the complexities of formations of race and culture and prepares students to work and function in the multiracial and multicultural world in which we live.

Students will learn how to:
  • Understand the social constructions of race impact the social fabric of our historical and contemporary world.
  • Appreciate differences and to actively and critically engage in civic responsibilities, especially with respect to social justice.
  • Navigate an increasingly interconnected world and apply your education in any number of occupations.


  • Comparative Ethnic Studies



Anna Chow
CUE 502F

Career Possibilities

  • Teaching
  • Social work
  • Counseling
  • Community development
  • Nonprofits
  • NGOs
  • Local, state, or federal government
  • Human resources
  • Law school
  • Academia

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