The Department of Ethnic Studies is an inter-disciplinary social science department specializing in analytic, comparative, and theoretical approaches to the study of ethnicity and race.
We offer a course of study designed to train advanced researchers to do inter-disciplinary original discovery scholarship in keeping with our efforts to influence and improve the quality of scholarship and teaching about race and ethnicity at institutions of higher learning in the U.S. and around the world. We believe that a demanding, rigorous, and comprehensive graduate curriculum promoting expertise in analytic, comparative and inter-disciplinary studies of race and ethnicity will position our graduates to play an important role in our field in the years ahead.
As scholars from a variety of disciplines have raised fundamental questions about the nature of knowledge, about the adequacy of existing scholarly conventions and paradigms, and about the relationships between the things we study and the tools we use in our research, new fields of study organized around objects of inquiry rather than around a single disciplinary methodology have emerged. Ethnic Studies owes its existence to the development of inter-disciplinary trends within disciplines (social history, sociology, etc.) as well as to the growing dialogue across disciplines-especially within one another and to broader social and cultural forces gives our research and our curriculum its distinctive identity.
Our primary emphasis on race and ethnicity encourages us to engage with social theories about identity and power. In addition, while existing social science disciplines produce excellent work on ethnic issues, we offer an inter-disciplinary setting where the primary focus is on theorizing race and ethnicity.
New students are admitted in the fall quarter of each academic year. Prospective applicants should submit the official application for admission and awards (same form) by early January for admission the following Fall, one set of official transcripts from each institution attended after high school, official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), application fee, at least three letters of recommendation, and one or more samples of the applicant's own writing, submitted as term papers. Additionally, foreign applicants must submit official scores from the Test of English as a foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants are encouraged to visit the department to talk with faculty and graduate students. For application forms and additional information, you may request them online or contact the Department of Ethnic Studies. More information is available in our Admissions Application Guide.