Ethnic Studies




Major coming Summer 2024


A minor in Ethnic Studies prepares students for careers that actively promote a more equitable and just society through analysis of culture, race, and ethnicity in global, national and regional history and the present. The minor empowers students to understand and address issues of inequality in a wide range of professional areas, including government, non-profit, corporations, media and academic institutions.

Where This Degree Can Take You

A degree in Ethnic Studies will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities. Below you will find some common career paths students in our department pursue, along with some key courses to be sure to take if you are interested in those paths. Be sure to also work with your advisor to finalize your courses and to discuss what career path(s) are most interesting to you. 

Potential Careers

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director/ Specialist
  • Human Resources Director/ Analyst
  • Public Health Official

Potential Employers

  • State of Oregon
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Private companies for DEI Offices

Consider This Degree If You Like…

Supporting your community and others

Promoting diversity, equity and inclusion

social media

Working with minorities and traditionally excluded groups


Our students must complete at least a term of practicum experience in local institutions and the community before they graduate. Practicum activities are a great way to gain hands on experience and build a portfolio you can use on the job market.

WOU student intern

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