Experience diversity
Experience diversity

Let curiosity move you to major or minor in Ethnic Studies!

You can also minor in African-American Studies; African Studies; Indigenous Studies; Latin American Studies; Latinx Studies; and Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion.

Ethnic 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 interest areas.


  • African and African American Studies
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Latinx and Latin American Studies
  • Multi-Ethnic Studies


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, Costa Rica, or South Africa
  • Serving as president of student organizations such as the Ethnic Studies Student Association or Mexican American Student Association
  • Interning with North Star High School or organizations that support Lincoln's refugee communities
  • Researching pregnancy in indigenous teenagers
  • Volunteering with Nebraska Appleseed or the Boys and Girls Club of Lincoln


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:

  • Bilingual Education Teacher / TEACH FOR AMERICA
  • Legislative Page to the Unicameral / NEBRASKA STATE LEGISLATURE
  • Loan Advisor/Collector / NELNET
  • Primary Education Teacher Trainer / PEACE CORPS
  • Professional Development Lead / LINCOLN FINANCIAL GROUP

“My time in Dr. Amelia Montes' capstone class was really transformative for me. It was where I finally felt like was able to come into my own as a scholar of ethnic studies. In her class we read some of the most foundational books from authors like Gloria Anzaldua, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison. I learned so much, but I also felt like I was given opportunities to teach, which is precisely what I needed in my personal life as I prepared to graduate.”