A minor is offered in ethnic studies. Declaration of a minor is open to any student enrolled at CU Boulder, regardless of college or school.

The minor emphasizes engaged scholarship that examines how race and the interrelated categories of culture, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, class, sexuality, religion, dis/ability and legal status impact the past and present lives of people locally, regionally and globally. 

To declare a minor, please schedule an appointment with our advisor.


Students must complete 18 credits hours in ethnic studies (ETHN) coursework. All coursework applied to the minor must be completed with a grade of C- or better; no pass/fail work may be applied. The grade point average for all minor coursework must be equal to 2.0 (C) or higher.

Students are allowed to apply no more than 9 credit hours, including 6 upper-division credit hours, of transfer work toward a minor.

Required Courses and Credits

ETHN 2001Foundations of Comparative Ethnic Studies: Race, Gender and Culture(s)3
ETHN lower or upper-division electives6
ETHN upper-division electives9
Total Credit Hours18