Careers in Ethnic Studies

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Career Possibilities in the Institute for Ethnic Studies

The conversation usually goes something like this …

“What are you going to study? What are you going to do with that major?”

We know that in any college commitment, outcome is king, so we help you build versatile skills that will make you marketable and secure. We’ll help you discover your passion. So you can let your curiosity move you.

Our majors and minors provide valuable skills that are needed to compete in our increasingly complex and interconnected world.

Many of our graduates have found success working in the public sector and for NGOs. Our majors and minors are also valuable for students considering a career in teaching. As U.S. society becomes increasingly diverse, a Major or Minor in Ethnic Studies can give students the broad experience necessary to effectively engage complex social issues and situations in diverse careers in business, education, law, government, medicine, social work, nonprofits, writing, marketing, psychology, and national and transnational foundations.

African American and African Studies

Students with minors in African American Studies take courses that introduce them to issues such as race in U.S. society, literature, politics, social movements and the role of music in African American culture. Students interested in taking a minor in African Studies will have opportunities to discuss the history of South Africa, political movements in Sub-Saharan nations, African Literature and Culture and Black Women authors. Our African and African American minors can thus help students prepare for government work as well as careers in business, teaching and diplomacy.

Latina/o and Latin American Studies

For those students who major and minor in Latino and Latin American Studies, a diverse field of classes and earned skills await. Students interested in Latina/o Studies can take courses in Mexican American history and literature as well as immigration. Students taking majors and minors in Latin American Studies can take courses in Mexican, Brazilian and Andean history as well as immigration and politics, preparing them for careers in such fields as government, international business and public health.

Native American Studies

Our Native American Studies Minor offers interesting courses in literature and history among other topics that discuss the historic and contemporary experiences of the First Nations. Students taking a minor in Native American Studies are prepared for careers in public service and education in communities throughout the United States.

Learn more by talking with our Academic Advisor, who is always happy to discuss options. Call 402-472-1663. Or contact career services below.