Major Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: *****In response to guidance from the Academic Council and the Office of the Provost, the Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies will temporarily waive restrictions on taking ES classes P/NP for credit toward the ES major or minor. This change applies only to courses taken during the Spring 2020 term. If you are interested or plan to change your grading  options for Spring 2020, please consult with a Public Policy, Society, and Identity (PPSI) Flight Path Advisor to ensure that you are making the right choice for your academic needs and to answer any questions you may have about possible effects on financial aid.*****

The Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies Department offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate major leading to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Majors construct their programs in consultation with an Ethnic Studies faculty adviser.

A total of 48 credits is required, distributed as follows:

Lower Division (100-200 level classes) 12 credits

  • ES 101: Introduction to Ethnic Studies (4 credits, generally offered every term)
  • At least one course from the list below (4 credits, each offered 1-2 times per year).
  • ES 250: Introduction to African American studies
  • ES 252: Introduction to Asian American studies
  • ES 254: Introduction to Chicano/Latino studies
  • ES 256: Introduction to Native American studies
  • ES 258: Introduction to Pacific Islander Studies
  • One additional 100- or 200-level course (4 credits, can include any other 200-level course from the list above)

Upper Division (300-400 level classes) 36 credits

  • Six 300 -level ES courses (24 credits total). Three of these courses may be approved cross-listed courses taken in other departments.
  • ES 301: Theoretical Perspectives in Ethnic Studies (4 credits, offered every fall)
  • Two 400 level courses (8 credits total)

Other Requirements and Course Policies

  • At least 24 upper-division credits must be taken in residence at the University of Oregon.
  • All courses counting toward the major must be taken for letter grades and completed with grades of C or higher.
  • Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies majors must maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in courses applied to the major.
  • Students majoring in Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies may apply ES 401 [Research] and ES 405 [Reading and Conference] credits towards their major degree only if those courses were taken for a grade and passed with a grade of C or higher.
  • ES 409 [Practicum] credits may be applied towards the major or minor if taken for a grade or on a pass/no pass basis.
  • A maximum of 12 credits in cross-published courses may be applied to the major in Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies. Specific details and course approvals must be obtained from the Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies Department.



Last Updated: 07/10/19