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Ethnic Studies


Programs in ethnic studies teach people about the history, sociology, and politics of North American racial and ethnic groups.

Ethnic studies programs include topics such as:


In ethnic studies programs, students may be able to specialize in intercultural/multicultural and diversity studies.


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in ethnic studies. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in ethnic studies. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study. Many colleges and universities offer interdisciplinary bachelor's degrees in ethnic studies. Interdisciplinary programs combine courses from several college departments, such as history, anthropology, or sociology.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in ethnic studies. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs in ethnic studies typically require:

Things to Know

Some programs focus on select countries and languages.

You may be required or encouraged to spend some time living, working, or studying in a country or region of the world. This gives you an immersion experience and the chance to practice your language skills with native speakers.


King-Snohomish Area

Highline College

North Seattle College