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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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The Department of Ethnic Studies, an interdisciplinary program, is academically committed to promoting multicultural and ethnic knowledge, values, and skills both within and outside the United States and to preparing our students for effective functioning across the culturally diverse and global community. The Ethnic and Multi-Cultural Studies Program (EMCS) with an MS degree is offered to meet the diverse needs of students concerning scholarly academic work, practical application of knowledge and personal growth. Our EMCS graduate program will provide students with multi-ethnic and cross-cultural knowledge, values, and skills from American and Global perspectives. For more information, please visit the College of Graduate Studies & Research/Ethnic & Multicultural Studies’ website at:

The MS program in Cross-disciplinary Studies permits students to combine courses from two academic areas, and is designed for the highly motivated, self-directed student whose personal, educational, and/or career goals require an educational experience that might not be provided by a graduate program with a single area of emphasis. One primary academic discipline provides two-thirds of the total number of credits, with courses from a second academic area constituting the remaining one-third of the program. A student may complete 33 credit thesis program or 34 credit alternate plan paper (APP) or, if applicable, another 34 credit capstone project program. At this time, the College of Business is not a participating academic area in the Cross-disciplinary Studies Program. The Counseling and Student Personnel program can serve only as a secondary program within the Cross-disciplinary Studies program. For more information on the program, please visit the CSP Department’s website at:

If you are interested in our graduate programs, please contact our graduate studies coordinators:

To apply for the M.S. program in Ethnic and Multicultural Studies, potential candidates must submit an application to the department. If you have any questions about applying to the program, you may contact Director of Graduate Studies Dr. Wayne Allen (507-389-5013;

Admission Requirements:

  1. An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
  3. At least 9 undergraduate credits in ethnic and cross-cultural areas. This requirement may be waived if the applicant can show relevant work (related to other social sciences) or other experiences that provide the necessary background to pursue graduate work in EMCS;
  4. Have knowledge of or skills in two languages (i.e., English plus preliminary level of another language i.e., six credits of undergraduate language courses), but this may be subject to arrangement and discussion between the applicant and the Department); and
  5. When students do not meet the normal admission requirements, they may be recommended for admission by the department subject to removal of deficiencies or other conditions.
  6. Students are considered full time if they take six (6) credits of graduate level courses per semester.

A complete application file must be sent to the Department of Ethnic Studies and include the following:

  • A statement of purpose which addresses student’s research interests, professional goals and objectives for pursuing M.S. in Ethnic and Multicultural Studies
  • Have two letters of references sent to our office
  • A Resume/Curriculum vitae


Thesis Plan = 33 credits

Alternate Plan Paper = 34 credits

Part I.  Required Core from the following (15 credits, 12 credits must be 600 level*).

ETHN 500 Cultural Pluralism (3) OR
ETHN 510 Foundations of Oppression (3)
ETHN 582 African American Civil Rights Movement (3)
ETHN 603 Seminar in Ethnic/Cross-Cultural Studies (3) OR
ANTH 603 Practicing Anthropology (3)
ETHN 610 Seminar on Foundations of Oppression (3)
ETHN 650 Helping Across Culture (3) OR
CSP 648 Counseling in a Multicultural Society (3)
CORR 585 Topic: Race and Juvenile Justice (3)
ETHN 660 Cross-Cultural Training & Diversity Management (3)
ETHN 695 Ethnic-Race Implications (3)
ETHN 697 Internship (1-10)

Part II. Required supporting core (9 credits) one course from each of three groups.  A minimum of 2 courses must be at the 600 level*.

Group 1. Choose one of the following research courses:
ANTH 531 Applied Cultural Research (3)
CSP 675 Research and Writing in Counseling and Student Personnel (3)
EDLD 662 Research in Educational Leadership (3)
ETHN 501 Applied Cultural Research (3) OR
ETHN 502 Seminar: Ethnic Research Methods/Skills (3)
HLTH 630 Techniques of Research in Health (3)
PSYC 610 Research Design and Statistics (4)
Group 2. Choose one of the following HR management/leadership courses:
CMST 545 Conflict Management (3)
CMST 606 Perspectives on Culture and Communication (3)
CMST 621 Advanced Interpersonal Communication (3)
CMST 633 Communication for Professionals (3)
EDLD 651 Ethics in Leadership (3)
EDLD 652 Leadership Studies (3)
EDLD 684 Multicultural Leadership (3)
POL 526 Racial and Ethnic Politics (3)
POL 533 International Organization (3)
POL 537 International Conflict Resolution (3)
POL 662 Human Resources Management (3)
PSYC 660 Employee Selection (3)
SOC 517 Program Administration (3)
Group 3. Choose one of the following counseling courses:
CSP 571 Interpersonal Helping Skills (3)
CSP 618 Introduction to Mental Health Counseling (3) OR
CSP 648 Counseling in a Multicultural Society (3)
CSP 665 Counseling Theories (3)
REHB 640 Theories in Rehabilitation (3) OR
REHB 651 Rehabilitation Counseling Techniques (3)
REHB 619 Psychosocial Aspect of Disability (3)

Part III. Required Electives (6-9 credits).

ETHN 503 Chicana Feminisms (3)
ETHN 505 Perspectives on New Immigration/Ethnicity (3)
ETHN 520 African American Studies(3)
ETHN 530 American Indian in Ethnic Studies (3)
ETHN 540 Asian American Studies (3)
ETHN 550 Latino/Hispanic Studies (3)
ETHN 560 Urban Minority Problems (3)
ETHN 570 Women of Color (3)
ETHN 580 Social Justice in Ethnicities & Gender (3)
ETHN 586 Racial and Ethnic Politics (3)
ETHN 590 Racial/Ethnic Families in the US (3)
ETHN 595 Selected Topics (3)
ETHN 610 Seminar on Foundations of Oppression (3)
ETHN 640 Environmental Justice (3)
ETHN 677 Individual Study* (1-3)

Part IV. Required Written Comprehensive and Oral Exam plus thesis or Alternate Plan Paper.

ETHN 698 Alternate Plan Paper (1-2)
ETHN 699 Thesis (3-6)

*At least 18 credits (or 6 courses) must be 600 level, excluding APP or thesis.  Students are allowed to take only ONE 500 level as part of the supporting cores in Part II.  If the student takes a 500 level (see*) in Part II as a supporting core in Part II, students must take ETHN 677 – Individual Study (see*) in their required electives in Part III.