U.S. Ethnic Studies

The U.S. Ethnic Studies minor allows students to approach the study of race and ethnicity in the United States from multiple perspectives in order to gain a broad foundational knowledge of the field. The curriculum investigates the role of community, history, and politics on racial identity and the experience of race and ethnicity in the historical and contemporary United States, often connecting local and domestic issues with their larger global contexts. The interdisciplinary nature of the minor is consistent with the nature of the field of Ethnic Studies and facilitates a holistic approach to the study of race and ethnicity. Courses focus on issues around race in three thematic categories: Arts and Culture, History and Politics, and Power and Institutions.

Requirements for the Minor

At least 18 hours distributed as follows: ETHN 100 and additional courses from the electives listed below, to include at least one course from the Arts and Culture listing, one course from the History and Politics listing, and one course from the Power and Institutions listing. Courses for the U.S. Ethnic Studies minor must be chosen from at least three disciplines, and no more than two courses used to fulfill the requirements of other majors, minors, or concentrations may be used for this minor. Special topics or other courses may be substituted with the approval of the program director.

University-wide minimum requirements for a minor: 1) one-half of the hours required for a minor must be completed in residence at UNC Asheville, to include at least 6 hours at the 300-400 level; 2) students must have a cumulative grade-point-average of at least 2.0 on minor courses taken at UNC Asheville.

Contact Information

Anne Mai Yee Jansen, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Department of Literature and Language
Director, US Ethnic Studies Program
212 Karpen Hall, CPO #2130
Asheville, NC 28804