Summary of requirements:
- ETHN 1000 “Introduction to American/Ethnic Studies”
- Any two courses from the ETHN 1200 “Topics in Ethnic Studies” or ETHN 1750 “Advanced Topics in Ethnic Studies” sequence, or similar electives listed under AMST (with approval from the concentration advisor).
- Five additional courses that address the student’s focus area and that prepare them for the capstone experience.
- At least two of the five focus area courses must be listed under ETHN and cannot be independent studies. Any non-ETHN courses must be approved by the concentration advisor (see below under Outside Courses).
- Up to two AMST or ETHN courses below the 1000-level may count toward the focus area (for instance, a first-year seminar and a sophomore seminar).
- Up to one of the focus area courses may be a Department Independent Study Project (DISP). The DISP must be undertaken with Ethnic Studies core faculty (see the faculty listed with Ethnic Studies affliation here) and offered under an ETHN course number. Please consult the guidelines for designing a DISP. A Department Independent Study Project Form and a draft syllabus will be due to the concentration advisor no later than two weeks into the semester the DISP takes place.
- If you intend to pursue honors, one of the focus area courses should be the AMST 1800 Honors Seminar (taken during the junior year)
- An AMST 1700 Junior Seminar. Courses in this series focus on some aspect of the "public" as a way of engaging with communities near and far. American Studies and Ethnic Studies juniors take this course together.
- ETHN 1900 "Senior Seminar in Ethnic Studies". In this spring semester course, senior concentrators collectively reflect on their experience in the concentration and the current state of the field, while also designing/completing a senior capstone project (or completing the honors thesis, if pursuing honors).
- Methods courses: Two of your ten courses must be AMST or ETHN courses that have been tagged with a specific scholarly method. Each class must be tagged with a different method. These methods-tagged courses can also count for any other concentration requirement (for instance, your Junior Seminar course might carry a methods tag, depending on the topic and instructor). The concentration advisor will have a current list of methods-tagged courses.
Honors in the concentration: Concentrators planning to pursue honors should take the joint AMST/ETHN Honors Seminar, AMST 1800, in the spring of their junior year. The Honors Seminar counts as one of your focus area courses. If planning to study abroad during your junior spring, you should email your concentration advisor and the current Honors Director to explain your situation and make an alternative plan for developing a thesis proposal. Students pursuing honors are required to take two independent study courses (ETHN 1920) in their senior year in order to complete the honors thesis. These independent study courses raise the total number of required concentration courses to 12.