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Department of Ethnic Studies

Campus Box:
Campus Box 134
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical location:
955 Lawrence St. Ste 102
Plaza Building
Denver, CO 80217

(303) 315-7205
(303) 315-7206


Department of Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies Major

Students earning a BA degree with a Major in Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Denver will complete a minimum of 33 credit hours in ethnic studies (21 required hours in ethnic studies, 12 elective credit hours in ethnic studies). The skills and knowledge that students gain while pursuing this degree are transferable to a variety of careers. In common with other liberal arts graduates, those with a degree in ethnic studies will be trained in creative and critical thinking, complex reasoning, and effective communication. In addition, ethnic studies graduates will have cultural competency skills that are highly valued by employers, especially those in sales and service areas. Other occupations that employ many ethnic studies graduates include: teaching, journalism, marketing, community and union organizing, and social work. Ethnic studies graduates also find work in nono-profit agencies and in federal, state and local government agencies.

Ethnic Studies Minor

The Ethnic Studies program is designed to help you develop a breadth and depth of understanding of ethnicity and its significance in contemporary American society. As you analyze the ethnic experience from an interdisciplinary perspective, you will gain a background in the theories and concepts required to understand and interpret inter- and intra-group relations in the United States. The Ethnic Studies minor focuses on the history, culture and contemporary situation of Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos and American Indians. Students apply this knowledge in a variety of careers involving intercultural relations.

Other Programs

We also offer a certificate program in Cultural Diversity Studies designed to appeal to undergraduate students with a background in any major.

As well, please check out our workshops and seminars covering topics like multi racial and multi cultural family issues, genocide in the 21st century, and cultural diversity in the workplace.

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Steve and Lori Eslary have Fulfille​d Their Philanthropic Dream of Helping Students and CLAS.

Two Ethnic Studies Students were presented with scholarships on Nov. 4 from the Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce

Chair and Professor Donna Martinez received an award from Escuela Tlatelolco for the 2010 Champions of Change in Education.

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Simon Moya-Smith

In 2008 Colorado legislators finally recognized the loss of tens of millions of Indian lives in North America by passing Senate Joint Resolution 08-031, “Remembrance of American Indian Genocide.” Political Science and Ethnic Studies alum Simon Moya-Smith, an Oglalla Sioux, helped make it happen.

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