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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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The Department of Ethnic Studies (ES), an interdisciplinary program, is academically committed to promote multicultural and ethnic knowledge, skills and values both within and outside the United States and to prepare our students for effective functioning across the culturally diverse and global community.

The major in ethnic studies exposes students to those historical, economic, social and political forces which have contoured the crosscultural and ethnic experience in and outside the United States. This program prepares the students to cope with social injustice (e.g., racism, discrimination, social conflict) effectively and also provides students with multicultural/ethnic knowledge, multicultural/ethnic values and skills (e.g., cultural competency skills and other professional skills) so that ES majors will be academically strong and competitive on the market. ES majors must take both ES core courses and skill-oriented or applied courses that will focus on one of the following areas: Governmental/Public Area, Business/Corporate Area, Community/Human Services Area, and Extended Program courses.

The department offers the following undergraduate programs:

Your Career:

The skills, knowledge and values which our students will receive from Department faculty and Program faculty will ultimately lead them to work effectively in the following settings after their graduation: a) Public/Government (e.g., public relations officer, employee relations officer, county or state agency officer, employee welfare officer, or other public officers); b) Business/Corporate (e.g., human resource officer, staff trainer, affirmative action officer, diversity trainer, multicultural/international business consultant); c) Local Community/Human Services (e.g., teacher, group facilitator, multicultural counseling, minority affairs manager, cultural program director, social welfare administrator/manager, community relations officer or specialist, community organization worker or international community peace corps worker); or d) International Community/Human Services.  We will also prepare our students for regular graduate school, law school, or business school, depending on their interests and preferences.

Admission to Major:

Students enrolling in 300-400 level courses must be admitted to the program. Admission to Major is granted by the department. Minimum University admission requirements are:
- minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours
- minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 ("C")
- Required Minor - any
Contact the department for application procedures

GPA Policy. 2.0 GPA
P/N Grading Policy. No more than 1/4 of total undergraduate credits may be taken as P/N
Minimum Credits. Graduation with an associate degree is based upon successful completion of a minimum of 64 hours of credit.  Graduation with a baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120-128 semester hours of credit.