case western reserve university




The goal of the Ethnic Studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University is to expand and enhance course offerings on ethnicity and race in the United States.

The program's objectives are:

  • To examine relationships among racial/ethnic groups and the processes of racial/ethnic formation — and their intersections with class, gender and sexuality — at the personal and collective levels;
  • To foster the development of research skills in a broad range of disciplines in the humanities;
  • To contribute to an interdisciplinary knowledge of the challenges and contributions of ethnic minorities in the United States;
  • To impart to students a deep knowledge of the cultures of Africa, and Latin America;
  • To help students to develop competencies for working with people of different racial/ethnic backgrounds and to foster an understanding of racial/ethnic diversity;
  • To support students and faculty in the transmission of knowledge, in the discovery and development of new ideas, and in research and writing in the field of ethnic studies.
  • To inculcate in students an understanding of the complexity and challenges of multiethnic societies, and to prepare them for careers in education, business, law, government service, social work, social welfare, health care, teaching, public policy, law enforcement, urban and community development, and the arts.