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 this area examine how social categories like race, indigeneity, culture, ethnicity, and nation are conceptualized. 

We also familiarize ourselves with the experiences of the 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?

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

In particular, students take courses focusing on the history and contemporary dynamics of both the United States itself and of the countries outside of Europe (including the First Nations of the Americas) from which significant parts of our populations have emigrated or originated.

Contact Us:

Dr. Susan Kalter
Director of the 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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