The Ethnic/Gender Studies Program at Emporia State University is an interdisciplinary program of study, established through the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences, that serves as an umbrella program for the distinct but often related fields of Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies. Emporia State currently offers a minor in Ethnic and Gender Studies.
Ethnic and Gender Studies are interdisciplinary fields which span the traditionally separate humanities areas of art, drama, film, folklore, history, literature, music, religion; explore the social and political problems faced by minorities and women; and investigate race and gender issues in the study of the sciences.
The Ethnic and Gender Studies minor offers courses in multiple departments including, but not limited to, communication, English, geography, history, sociology, and Spanish. These courses explore the social and political problems faced by minorities and women, and present analysis and interpretations of particular cultural or gender-based experiences, using the methodologies and perspectives from different disciplines. Each semester, students, both minors and non-minors, have the opportunity to take a variety of different courses with an Ethnic and Gender studies designation. Additionally, the Issues in Ethnic and Gender Studies course is an option in the multicultural perspectives component of the general education curriculum.
The Ethnic and Gender Studies program also sponsors or co-sponsors multiple events each academic year, bringing in speakers, performances, and workshops for a variety of constituencies, including students, faculty, and community members. The Program, at its annual Women's History Month reception, recognizes the contributions of women on campus and in the community, through the awarding of the Susan B. Anthony Scholarship, the Dr. Mary Headrick Award, and the Ruth Schillinger Award.