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Ethnic, Gender, and Identity Studies Major

Ethnic, Gender, and Identity Studies

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Program description

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in Ethnic, Gender, and Identity Studies offers students the opportunity to engage in analyzing and understanding personal and social identities including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, sex, sexuality, gender, class, age and ability.

By taking courses from disciplines across the University, students experience a well-rounded degree program that prepares them for addressing complex problems requiring multidisciplinary knowledge. The flexibility of the EGIS program allows students to select courses of particular interest and actively engage in the creation of their degrees. Through the coursework for the Ethnic, Gender, and Identity Studies major, students will study multiple identities and come to understand how those identities intersect and influence one another, improving understanding of diversity and inclusion, social justice, equality and human rights. Graduates from the Ethnic, Gender, and Identity Studies program will be positioned for a variety of careers in the modern, multicultural world.

What can you do with this degree?

The Ethnic, Gender, and Identity Studies major at Emporia State opens the doors that a traditional bachelor’s degree does, and allows opportunities for advancement within a graduate’s current career or more options when choosing a new career pathway.

  • Diversity Officer
  • Communication Professional
  • Public Service Administrator
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Marketing Executive
  • Human Resources
  • Social Justice Nonprofit work
  • Community Outreach
  • Student Affairs
  • Outreach Librarian
  • Preparation for graduate school in Race/Ethnic Studies, Gender/Sexuality Studies, or Cultural Studies


In the Ethnic, Gender, and Identity Studies major, students will be exposed to a wide range of exciting courses.

  • Intersectionality and Identities: Students in this course will define their own identities, articulate their intersections of privilege and oppression, explore how using an intersectional approach can improve a social problem, experience how frustrating and life-threatening fleeing your country can be from an intersectionality viewpoint.
  • Communication and Gender: Primary emphasis is on one's gender and other factors that interact with gender to influence communication. Topics include gender filters, language, nonverbal behaviors, intimacy and gendered communication in the family, schools, the media and the work place.

View the complete list of courses

Ethnic, Gender, and Identity Studies Degree Requirements:

Required Courses (12 hours):

  • ID 301 Issues in Ethnic and Gender Studies 3 hours
  • ID 302 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies 3 hours
  • ID 402 Identity Studies and Intersectionality 3 hours
  • ID 490 Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone Project (EGIS Section) 3 hours

Elective Courses (27 hours):

  • Students must select at least 6 hours of courses from each of the critical identity categories. Courses selected must be from at least three distinct disciplines. A single course may not be counted for multiple categories.
  • Critical Identity Category 1 6 hours
    • Gender and Sexuality
  • Critical Identity Category 2 6 hours
    • Race and Ethnicity
  • Critical Identity Category 3 6 hours
    • Intersectional Identities

Additional EGIS Designated Electives 9 hours

  • For a complete listing of courses in the three critical identity categories, EGIS students can visit the Ethnic, Gender, and Identity Studies homepage. EGIS courses will be updated as new courses are approved for the major. Additional courses not listed may be considered on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the EGIS advisor and with approval by the Chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Department.

Admission Requirements

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