The Ethnic Studies Department critically examines the interlocking forces of domination that are rooted in socially constructed categories of gender, sexuality, class, race, disability and national status. Our faculty and researchers are committed to interdisciplinary, indigenous, international, and comparative approaches that challenge systemic marginalization of diverse populations.
In doing so, we bring to bear issues of power, privilege, and social justice pertinent to aggrieved groups in the United States and abroad. We are especially committed to nurturing critical thinking, civic-minded and culturally informed students who strive to strengthen the communities in which they reside. In support of the land-grant mission of Colorado State University, Ethnic Studies engages with communities on and off campus in order to effect meaningful change in public policy and social life.
Our Skills & Expertise
Our team is a passioniate group of individuals dedicated to examining social constructions in relation to gender, sexuality, class, race, and ethnicity. From diverse backgrounds, our staff offers a unique blend of experiences, knowledge, and perspectives all in one department.
Much of our staff has invested time and constructive involvement in global efforts to improve the well-being of others. From publications to important social movements, the ethnic studies department takes pride in making a positive impact at the university, the city and the world as a whole.
History of Ethnic Studies
Center for Applied Studies in American Ethnicity (CASAE) established.
CASAE offers certificates in Native American, African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Chicano and Ethnic Studies through the American Ethnicity Interdisciplinary Studies Program.
CASAE drops the individual certificates and begins offering an ethnic studies certificate.
Ethnic studies major concentration was approved and offered through the College of Liberal Arts.
Ethnic studies becomes a minor.
CASAE becomes the Department of Ethnic Studies.
Women’s studies joins the department and is housed in the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research.
The Department of Ethnic Studies offers an ethnic studies minor, major, and master's along with a major concentration, minor, and a graduate certificate in women’s studies.