Focus on the experiences and expressions of people of color in the United States and beyond. Critically examine how constructions of race and racism are still embedded in institutions and everyday life.

Take a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and investigating constructs like race and ethnicity. From theory to practice, your work can impact people, communities, and policy.

Delve into disciplines ranging from anthropology to music.

From foundational classes to a self-defined focus.

Learn from experts across a variety of fields.

Student presents her senior capstone project during Ethnic Studies

Social Justice, Defined

The off-campus Social Justice Requirement is a service learning experience designed by each individual ethnic studies student.

The Chandler Senior Experience

This culminating experience is designed to bring reflection and focus to your Ethnic Studies experience.

Recent Senior Experiences include:

  • Capturing Our Voices: The Counter-Stories of Native American Students in Higher Education
  • Black Women and Social Health in the Workplace
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Ethnic Studies Outcomes

The skills you gain will prepare you for graduate-level study or help you thrive in diverse communities and workplaces.

On Any Given Day... an array of opportunities that await you at Lawrence University.


Jesus Gregorio Smith | Open Office

Lawrence students visit the office of Jesús Gregorio Smith, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, and connect on interests in and out of the classroom.

The Undocumented Americans book.

Explore the damaging effects of colonization and colonial patterns of representation on Native American people throughout history. Produce creative interdisciplinary projects that engage with the community and offer more accurate, better-informed representations of Native American culture in the United States. Seminar/studio with readings by significant Native American authors and field trips to federally recognized tribal lands.

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