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Comparative Ethnic Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #401 (ARWU) Milwaukee, WI, United States
Comparative Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program based in the College of Letters and Science. The program works cooperatively with university departments to offer courses designed to teach all interested students about various ethnic groups in the world.
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The Comparative Ethnic Studies Certificate Program examines global and local processes of im/migration, and settlement, including the forces that shape the formation of cultural and social identities. It examines the histories, languages, religions, literature, and folklores of these groups, as well as racial and ethnic populations globally and in the U.S.

Comparative Ethnic Studies strives to produce new understandings about cultural diversity and social justice. It is open to students majoring in any field.

Certificate Program

The certificate in Comparative Ethnic Studies is awarded to eligible students concurrent with the bachelor's degree. The program examines the nature and development of ethnicity, that is, the sense of community which a people possesses in its own cultural and racial heritage. Comparative Ethnic Studies includes the investigation of a group's social patterns, history, language, religion, literature, and folklore. It is open to students majoring in any field.

The purpose of the certificate program is to enable a student interested in an aspect of Comparative Ethnic Studies to take a coordinated set of courses while completing the requirements for a degree in a conventional discipline or field of knowledge. The certificate, then, signifies the student's specialization in this area of knowledge.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Making of American Cultures: Africans, Europeans and Indian Nations 
  • Transnational Migrations: Asian-, Arab-, Euro-American and Latino Identity 
  • Advanced Topics in Comparative Ethnic Studies
  • Global Violence, Disease and Death
  • Senior Seminar in Comparative Ethnic Studies

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General Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Application Fees
  • Evidence of English Proficiency
  • Official Transcript and Diploma from Secondary Studies
  • Transcripts
  • Letters of Recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20844 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20844 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    20844 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20844 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    9565 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9565 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • 1066 - 1770 USD/month
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