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Ethnic Studies Minor

The Ethnic Studies minor is the first of its kind within the Connecticut State University system. 

Ethnic Studies is a multidisciplinary minor drawing from a variety of disciplines addressing ethnic diversity in the United States. The Ethnic Studies minor allows students the opportunity to study ethnic and racial groups within their own degree programs.

The minor draws upon existing courses, bringing them together in a manner of interest to students from a broad range of majors.  Departments that offer courses in the proposed minor are: Sociology, Urban Studies, History, Political Science, Women's Studies, English, and Journalism.

Southern's diverse population serves as an opportunity for students and the university community at large to learn about cultural diversity.  According to Luz del Alba Acevedo (2001), "The recognition, affirmation and validation of the cultural attributes that make us different from one another have become important elements in these projects of curriculum transformation" (p. 251).[1]  The Ethnic Studies minor proposes to do just this.

The program is coordinated by interim co-coordinator, Dr. Julian Madison and Dr. Annette Madlock-Gatison. Please contact them with questions about the ethnic studies minor. Thank you for considering this as a minor concentration, or if you have already selected it as your minor, then welcome!

Dr. Annette Madlock-Gatison
Dr. Annette Madlock-Gatison, Co-coordinator*
Communication Department
*Dr. Madlock-Gatison is on sabbatical leave for the 2015-2016 academic year. 


[1] Acevedo,  Luz del Alba.  2001.  "Speaking Among Friends: Whose Empowerment, Whose Resistance?"  In The Latina Feminist Group (Eds.) Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios.  Durham, NC: Duke University Press.