As a part of UW-Platteville’s Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, the ethnic studies program blends history, geography, politics, sociology, and economics to generate a better understanding communities who have been historically discriminated upon in the United States. The ethnic studies program compliments many other majors by developing a historical and contemporary understanding of race and ethnicity in society.

As a field of study, ethnic studies was created out of student activism as students of color at various institutions advocated for courses that reflected their lived experiences. The discipline changed academia by challenging the traditional Eurocentric framing of academic programs, giving voice to communities that were underrepresented in education.

Because of student involvement in its formation, the Ethnic Studies Program at UW-Platteville is dedicated to the development of critical thinking skills in students and encourages their political and social activism.

Research has also shown that courses that promote diversity are desired by employers. A minor in ethnic studies can increase career opportunities for UW-Platteville students. Individuals who have earned a minor in ethnic studies will be prepared to interact professionally with colleagues in the global workplace. Additionally, their critical thinking skills will prove invaluable for global corporations, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations.

The Ethnic Studies Program oversees the UW-Platteville curriculum requirement that every student in a degree program complete a three credit course on issues of race and ethnicity. The Ethnic Studies Program offers a minor or certificate for 24 credits or 15 credits, respectively.

As a graduate of the ethnic studies program, you’ll be prepared to live and work in a pluralistic society and interact with diverse communities. Our alumni have become successful leaders within global corporations, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations alike, including fields like law enforcement, human resources, education, and more.