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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. Students must complete CES Foundational courses and a series of CES Comparative courses from the list of offering outlined below. Students must also satisfy the University's Writing and UCORE requirements, 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 Foundational23
Foreign Language and/or Electives6
Humanities [HUM]3
Second TermCredits
CES Foundational23
Foreign Language and/or Electives6
Physical Sciences [PSCI] with lab14
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
CES 301 [M]3
CES Comparative33
CES Foundational26
Second TermCredits
CES Comparative33
CES Comparative (300-400-level)36
300-400-level Electives6
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
CES 4623
Second TermCredits
CES 440 [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 Foundational (12 credits) selected from: CES 111, 131, 151, 171, 204, 211, 235, 240, 254, 255, 291, 313, 314, 330, 331, 335, 336, 338, 353, 357; 358, 359, 372, 373, 379, 411, 413, 435, 436, 454, 470. Coursework must include a total of two CES [M] courses and sufficient 300-400-level coursework to meet the University requirement of 40 upper division
3CES Comparative (12 Credits) selected from: CES 101, 207, 209, 216, 220, 222, 244, 260, 264 280, 308, 325, 380, 405, 406, 407, 426, 444, 461, 463, 465. Coursework must include a total of two CES [M] courses and sufficient 300-400-level coursework to meet the University requirement of 40 upper division.

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