Ethnic Studies – Online Minor

The interdisciplinary study of race and ethnicity

When you earn your ethnic studies minor online with Oregon State University, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the historical and ongoing ways in which race and ethnicity shape everyday life in the United States. In the process, you’ll also learn how to view that knowledge through a global lens.

Ethnic studies at Oregon State is an interdisciplinary field that provides a robust set of analytical skills that you can use to address issues of difference and inequality in areas such as state policy, media, literature and pop culture.

Prepare to thrive in a diverse world

Whether it’s through learning about your own family background, other peoples and their histories, or how these differing groups are all intertwined, this online minor will make you more well-versed as a citizen and professional in an increasingly diverse world. Students who have background in ethnic studies often make an impact in career fields such as politics, education, health care, arts, science, business and much more.


This 28-credit minor features a diverse set of courses that explores how oppressions such as racism, sexism and heterosexism are both individual and systematic problems in the U.S. and beyond. The curriculum also examines ways in which racialized ethnic groups engage in community formation, activism, coalition-building and more.

Minor requirements and curriculum details are available on Oregon State’s academic catalog.

Sample course topics

  • Latino/Latina identities and activism
  • Ethnic minorities in Oregon
  • African American political and social thought
  • Environmental racism
  • Introduction to Pacific Island studies
  • Food and ethnic identity
  • Farmworker justice movements
  • Introducton to Native American studies 
  • Queer/Trans people of color
  • Arts and social justice

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed by OSU's world-class faculty, who are known worldwide for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • Oregon State is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • OSU Ecampus is consistently ranked among the nation’s 10 best providers of online education according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • All Ecampus students receive the same transcript as on-campus students.