University General Course Catalog 2023-2024 
    Jul 14, 2024  
University General Course Catalog 2023-2024

Ethnic Studies, Minor

Ethnic Studies is an 18-unit interdisciplinary minor housed within the Department of Gender, Race and Identity (GRI). Students in the minor study race, ethnicity, and Indigeneity in historical and contemporary contexts and global and local settings. The major is grounded in an intersectional perspective, attending to the interrelationship of race, ethnicity, and Indigeneity with other forms of identity, difference, and power that include gender, sexuality, class, citizenship, nationality, religion, ability status, and other categories.  Our course program critically analyzes the construction of racial, ethnic, and Indigenous identities and communities in global and local contexts; examines racism and antiracism; and addresses key theories in studies of race, ethnicity, and Indigeneity. The Ethnic Studies minor provides an expressly interdisciplinary environment for learning, drawing widely on academic traditions in the social sciences and the humanities. Students gain tools to critically analyze and engage our world and to enact change in their communities and professions.


This minor is not open to students pursuing a major in Gender, Race and Identity (Ethnic Studies Specialization). It is, however, open to students in the general major in Gender, Race and Identity or the major in Gender, Race, and Identity (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Specialization), as well as to other majors in the CLA and at UNR.


Contact Information

Students interested in pursuing a minor in Ethnic Studies should contact the advisor in GRI.

Department of Gender, Race, and Identity (GRI)
Thompson Building 106
(775) 682-6480

I. Program Requirements (18 units)

Students must complete 18 units in courses relating to race, ethnicity, and Indigeneity, emphasizing historical, contemporary, and intersectional implications.

Minor GPA | 2.0

Minor Upper-Division Units | 9

Minor Residency Requirement | 6 Upper-Division Units in the minor at UNR

Unit Overlap Limits: Per College of Liberal Arts policy, no more than 9 units counted toward any major may be reused to meet the requirements of this minor.

Courses taken through USAC and other approved study abroad programs may be used to complete the minor (with advisor approval).

Core Requirements (6 units)

A. Core Courses I (3 units)

Majors must earn a “B-” or better in the following course:

B. Core Courses II (3 units)

Complete one of the following courses:

Electives (12 units)

Among the 12 units of electives, 6-9 units must be from Group 1, and 3-6 units must be from Group 2. Where elective courses are cross-listed, the preference is that students in the GRI major enroll in the section of the course listed under a GRI prefix (e.g. ETS, GRI, HGPS, WMST). However, students may fulfill elective credit through cross-listed sections if needed.

Group 1 Electives: Communities and Contexts (6-9 units)

Courses that address racial, ethnic, and indigenous communities in historical and contemporary contexts. Note that in addition to those listed, GRI 491, GRI 495, GRI 498, and GRI 499 may apply to Group 1 with advisor approval and when designed to focus on particular racial, ethnic, and/or indigenous communities in historical or contemporary contexts.

To assist students in finding courses of interest, courses are grouped by the following communities, contexts, and fields of study: Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies, Black Studies, Indigenous Studies, and Latinx Studies. Students may choose from any combination of these fields of study to fulfill requirements for Electives Group 1. Note that ETS 307 Topics in Race and Racism may be offered either with the topic Race and the Law (which pertains especially to Black Studies) or Indigenous Peoples and Biocolonialism (which pertains especially to Indigenous Studies).

Group 2 Electives: Comparative, Relational, and Global (3-6 units)

Courses that address race, ethnicity, and indigeneity in comparative, relational, and global contexts or that offer conceptual approaches. Note that in addition to the courses listed, GRI 463 may apply to Group 2 Electives with advisor approval and when designed to focus on comparative, relational, global, or conceptual approaches to race, ethnicity, and Indigeneity.