Why major in Race and Ethnic Studies?
Race and Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary degree that prepares students to think critically about complex societal issues, become informed and engaged citizens, and thrive in the diverse workplaces of the 21st century. This degree program is only available at Penn State Abington.
Studies confirm that students in race and ethnic studies majors are more academically engaged, develop a stronger sense of self-efficacy and personal empowerment, perform better academically, and graduate at higher rates.
Your experience as a Race and Ethnic Studies major
Coursework for this degree is intended to give students a comprehensive introduction to key concepts, theories, and debates that inform the study of race and ethnicity in the United States and beyond.
In addition, you will select supporting courses that are distributed equally across two areas: a Social Group Area and a Thematic Area. The Social Group Area includes courses that focus on major ethnic and racialized groups, while the Thematic Area includes courses drawn from three broadly defined fields, including history, culture, and society; communication, media, and the arts; and gender and sexuality. This distribution enables you to focus on a particular social group and issue while ensuring that your studies have thematic and disciplinary breadth.
Penn State Abington is the most diverse campus within Penn State, and it is located in the vibrant urban and suburban Philadelphia region that offers one-of-a-kind opportunities for internships and other out-of-class learning.
Career Options for Race and Ethnic Studies Majors
A degree in Race and Ethnic Studies can prepare you for employment in fields such as:
This major can also prepare you to earn advanced degrees in law, history, psychology, social work, and business.