Web Site for Ethnic Studies at Illinois State University

Welcome to Ethnic Studies

What is Ethnic Studies?

Ethnic Studies is the study of race and ethnicity in U.S. and transnational contexts.

Students and faculty in Ethnic Studies examine how social categories--race, indigeneity, culture, ethnicity, nation, etc.--are conceptualized. 

We also familiarize ourselves with the experiences of major population groups that make up the United States.  We look at the specifics of these experiences as well as comparing them across groups.  We are interested in both the contemporary world and how history has shaped it.

What makes ISU's program attractive?

Students take courses focusing on the history and contemporary dynamics not only of the United States itself but also of the countries outside of Europe (including the First Nations of the Americas) from which significant parts of our populations have emigrated or originated.

The program at Illinois State helps participants examine regional, national, and global dimensions of these experiences.

Even better, students can shape their own program to suit their own goals.  They have the freedom to study broadly across multiple areas of racial experience or geographical relevance; or to focus deeply on one or two areas.

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Contact Us:

Archana Shekara, MFA
Co-director, Ethnic Studies Program
c/o School of Art
Illinois State University
Campus Box 5620
Normal, IL  61790
Phone:  (309) 438-7546
Office:  CVA 212A

Dr. Li Zeng
Co-director, Ethnic Studies Program
c/o School of Theatre and Dance
Illinois State University
Campus Box 5700
Normal, IL  61790
Phone:  (309) 438-8123
Office:  CW 201D

Dr. Susan Kalter
Co-director, Ethnic Studies Program
c/o Department of English
Illinois State University
Campus Box 4240
Normal, IL 61790
Phone:  (309) 438-8660
Office:  Stevenson 424J

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