Let curiosity move you to major or minor in Ethnic Studies or Latin American Studies!
Your major in ethnic studies will explore factors that bear on the lives and experiences, both past and present, of ethnically diverse peoples. As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, you have the opportunity to complete an interdisciplinary, comparative, integrative program of studies focused on race and ethnicity including international origins and connections.
You will enroll in courses from multiple disciplines to examine the world through the lens of social justice and human rights. Choose from a wide array of courses constructing a comparative major, and choose from one of four areas of interest.
In the College of Arts and Sciences, we know experience is valuable and goes beyond the classroom. We strive to help you connect your academics with research, internships, education abroad, service learning and leadership experiences. Take advantage of opportunities in ethnic studies such as:
- Studying abroad in Benin studying culture and agriculture
- Serving as the Ethnic Studies Student Association president
- Interning with North Star High School
- Researching pregnancy in indigenous teenagers
- Volunteering with Nebraska Appleseed
Your major in ethnic studies prepares you for numerous career opportunities in business, government, nonprofit organizations, education and other fields involving work with diverse populations. Work in politics, journalism, public relations, community agencies, civil service, urban planning or the legal and justice systems. Here are examples of recent graduates’ employment:
- Account Manager / OMAHA MARKETING SOLUTIONS
- Bilingual Education Teacher / TEACH FOR AMERICA
- Legislative Page to the Unicameral / NEBRASKA STATE LEGISLATURE
- Loan Advisor/Collector / NELNET
Latin American Studies
When you major in Latin American studies you explore peoples, languages and cultures of Latin America to gain a better understanding and develop a proficiency in either Spanish or Portuguese. In addition, you will work closely with faculty whose research involves Latin American languages, culture and landscapes.
You will enroll in courses from multiple disciplines to examine the world through the lens of social justice and human rights. The major includes theoretical and methodological courses, comparative courses and focused topical courses that provide you with rigorous analytical skills to investigate and understand the experiences of diverse populations.
In the College of Arts and Sciences, we know experience is valuable and goes beyond the classroom. We strive to help you connect your academics with research, internships, education abroad, service learning and leadership experiences. Take advantage of opportunities in Latin American studies such as:
- Studying abroad in Costa Rica
- Serving as the Mexican American Student Association president
- Interning with organizations to support Lincoln’s refugee community
- Researching to analyze correspondence from the past
- Volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club of Lincoln
The Latin American studies major incorporates both language and content courses, so you’ll emerge with the skills necessary to work in Latin America or in U.S. organizations with Latin American clients. Opportunities for majors are found in U.S. banks and commercial firms with Latin American branch offices, the travel industry, publishing companies, research organizations and U.S. governmental agencies such as the Department of State, Agency for International Development and U.S. Information Agency. Here are examples of recent graduates’ employment:
- Primary Education Teacher Trainer / PEACE CORPS
- Professional Development Lead / LINCOLN FINANCIAL GROUP
- Recruiter / UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA–LINCOLN
- Training Specialist / ELECTION SYSTEMS AND SOFTWARE