Minor in Ethnic Studies

APU’s ethnic studies minor helps students understand and engage with the experiences of U.S. immigrant populations and communities of color.

18 units

The ethnic studies minor enhances students’ understanding of the experiences of U.S. immigrant populations and communities of color, along with their sensitivity to issues of race, ethnicity, and social class. The program also enables students to analyze contemporary social problems that affect these populations and evaluate public policy related to the areas of immigration, education, criminal justice, health care, and economic development. The primary curricular focus is on the experiences of Asian Americans, African Americans, Chicano/Latino, and Native American peoples within the United States. Because of the program’s interdisciplinary character, students learn to appreciate how scholars in different fields (e.g., history, art, literature, communication, anthropology, education, political science, psychology, and sociology) approach the study and expression of race and ethnicity.


Core Course
ETHN 150Introduction to Ethnic Studies 13
Contemporary Experience Courses
Select three of the following:9
The Asian American Experience 1
The African American Experience 1
The Chicano(a)/Latino(a) Experience 1
Native American/Indigenous Experience 1
Elective Requirements
Select two of the following:6
Culture and the Arts
Multicultural Art 2
Special Topics
American Ethnic Literature 1
Literary Topics
Anthropology for Everyday Life 1
Music of Africa
Soul Music 1
Social Relationships/Public Policy
Intercultural Communication 1
Diversity in the Classroom 1
Intercultural Communication 1
History of American Immigration 1
Multicultural Psychology 1
Race and Ethnicity 1
Human Diversity 1
Immigrant L.A.
Social Stratification
Theology from the Margins 1
Total Units18

Meets the General Education Intercultural Competence requirement.


Meets the General Education Humanities: Fine Arts requirement.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Articulate an awareness of the historical experiences of U.S. ethnic groups and their contributions to the broader U.S. society.
  2. Differentiate terminology that specifically relates to respective U.S. ethnic groups.
  3. Critically engage the elements of American cultural identity formation including ethnic identity and issues of race.
  4. Discuss a broadened understanding of how Christian faith shapes respective U.S. ethnic experiences.


Program Director

Nori Henk, PhD, Sociology

Affiliated Faculty

Patricia Brown, PhD, English

David Miyahara, PhD, Sociology

Kay Higuera Smith, PhD, Biblical and Religious Studies