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Comparative Ethnic Studies

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Comparative Ethnic Studies (120 Credits)

The BA in Comparative Ethnic Studies 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, and globalization. The program offers a major and two minors; it is preparatory for careers and future study in teaching, social work, law school, community development and nonprofit work.

Students must complete a minimum of 36 credits in the major, as outlined in the program of studies. An overall 2.0 major GPA is required. A list of approved CES Sub-core and CES Electives are outlined below. Students must also satisfy the UCORE, College of Arts and Sciences graduation requirements, and take at least 40 of the total 120 semester credits in 300 – 400 level courses. Students are admitted to the Comparative Ethnic Studies major upon making their intentions known to the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race.
First Year
First TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
CES 201 3
Quantitative Reasoning [QUAN]3 or 4
Second TermCredits
Communication [COMM] or Written Communication [WRTG]3
Diversity [DIVR]3
Equity and Justice [EQJS]3
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Second Year
First TermCredits
Biological Sciences [BSCI] with lab14
CES Elective 23
Foreign Language and/or Electives6
Humanities [HUM]3
Second TermCredits
CES Elective23
Foreign Language and/or Electives6
Physical Sciences [PSCI] with lab14
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
CES 301 [M]3
300-400-level CES Elective23
CES Sub-core36
Second TermCredits
CES Sub-core33
300-400-level CES Electives26
300-400-level Electives6
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
300-400-level CES Elective23
Second TermCredits
CES 489 [CAPS]3
300-400-level Electives12

1To meet University and College of Arts and Sciences requirements, students must take a [BSCI] course with lab and [PSCI] course with lab.
2CES Electives: 18 credits including 12 credits of 300-400-level course work. CES Electives and sub-core must include course work to meet the University requirement of 2 [M] courses. Approved courses include AMER ST 475; CES 111, 131, 151, 171, 209, 220, 240, 244, 254, 255, 260, 271, 280, 308, 313, 314 [M], 325, 331, 332 [M], 335, 336, 338, 353 [M], 357, 358 [M], 373 [M], 379, 380, 405, 406, 407, 413, 426, 440, 444, 446, 454, 465, 470, 491 [M]; CES 372/ANTH 312; CES /WGSS 411.
3CES Sub-core courses are (9 Credits): CES 301 [M], 325, 440, 446, and 491 [M]. CES Sub-core and Electives must include coursework to meet University requirement of 2 [M] courses.

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