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Ethnic Studies

About Ethnic Studies

The discipline of Ethnic Studies emerged during the second half of the 20th century, as scholars began to question the Eurocentric model of academia in disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, and political science. By identifying these fields of study as important yet essentially flawed, the Ethnic Studies movement sought to reshape and expand the ways in which history, religion, language, and identity are studied and discussed in the classroom.

Ethnic Studies is interdisciplinary by nature, and our faculty reflects this: sponsoring members come from departments including Foreign Languages, History, International Affairs, Music, Psychology, and Sociology/Anthropology. Students can take courses in the arts, social sciences, and humanities, such as a World Music survey in the Music Department; the History Department’s course on modern Cuba; or Communications, Race, and Social Justice, offered by the Communications Department.  

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Ethnic Studies

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Ethnic Studies is located in Miller Center on the Undergraduate Campus.



Director Reiko Hillyer

Ethnic Studies

  • Ethnic Studies
    Lewis & Clark
    615 S. Palatine Hill Road MSC 63
    Portland OR 97219