Undergraduate Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies at Edgewood College integrates multiple perspectives and disciplines to study the historical and contemporary experiences of African American, Latino American, Asian and Pacific American, and Native American peoples and other historically marginalized racial and ethnic groups in the United States within a global and postcolonial context. Our curriculum promotes critical thinking, creative analysis, and civic engagement by examining issues of race and ethnicity as they intersect with class, gender, sexuality, religion, and nation. Combining academic excellence with a commitment to social justice, our interdisciplinary undergraduate major prepares students for ethical leadership and personal fulfillment in an increasingly multicultural, transnational, and globalized society.


Program Highlights

Ethnic Studies at Edgewood College appeals to students who are interested in a comprehensive study of diverse racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. rather than a focused study of a single group. The Ethnic Studies major at Edgewood is also uniquely flexible and attainable. Its required and elective courses fulfill a large number of General Education requirements, and we offer close to 30 electives cross-listed with courses across 12 disciplinary fields. Therefore, not only can a student graduate within four years but this also allows space for a minor or a second major in another discipline, and for such experiences as study abroad and participation in the Honors Program.

Career Outcomes

A degree in Ethnic Studies provides a strong foundation for a wide range of career paths: education, health care services, business, advertising and marketing, advocacy, journalism, law, community organizing, social services, psychology, counseling, and a wide variety of civil service positions in all levels of government, as well as graduate study in a number of disciplines.

  • Pursuing a degree in Ethnic Studies will help me understand the histories and struggles of the peoples of color in this country as well as the dynamics of privilege and oppression. These understandings are necessary to advocate for a just and compassionate world without racism.
    Katie Clements ’16, BS Nursing and Ethnic Studies, Cum Laude

Faculty Spotlight

  • Andrew Witt


  • Huining Ouyang


  • Geoffrey Adelsberg

    Assistant Professor, Philosophy