The Ethnic and Gender Studies program at Emporia State University is a multi-disciplinary program housed in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. It brings together the distinct and related fields of Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies. Emporia State University offers a minor in Ethnic and Gender Studies.
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Each semester, ESU students have the opportunity to take a variety of courses with the Ethnic and Gender Studies designation from programs across campus, including communication, education, English, geography, history, sociology, Spanish and others. In these courses, students challenge the historical and cultural constructions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class; explore the social and political issues associated with these categories; and analyze how dimensions of identity intersect. All EGS minors are required to take ID 301, Issues in Ethnic and Gender Studies; the course also fulfills the multicultural perspectives component of the general education curriculum.
The Ethnic and Gender Studies program sponsors and co-sponsors events each academic year, bringing in speakers, performances, films and workshops for students, faculty, and community members. At its annual Women's History Month reception, the program recognizes the contributions of women on campus and in the community by awarding the Susan B. Anthony Scholarship, the Dr. Mary Headrick Award, and the Ruth Schillinger Award.