Completing the Ethnic & Gender Studies Minor

  1. The student makes an appointment to meet with Dr. Heidi Hamilton, Director of the Ethnic and Gender Studies Program, to discuss the EGS minor:
    1. The student will sign an undergraduate degree application contract which, once entered into the system, will register the student as an Ethnic and Gender Studies minor. 
    2. Contact Dr. Hamilton at or call 620-341-5583.
  2. The student fulfills the following academic requirements:
    1. Pass ID301: Issues in Ethnic and Gender Studies, which counts as 3 credits toward the required 18 hours but does not count toward fulfillment of any of the three disciplinary areas described in the next section.
    2. Pass 15 additional credit hours of ethnic and gender studies program courses at the 300 level or higher, with at least one course in three of the following five areas:
      1. Fine art, music, & theatre
      2. Communication & literature
      3. History, philosophy, & social sciences
      4. Sociology & anthropology
      5. Sciences & psychology
    3. Attend and documents a minimum of 8 extracurricular events on issues of race, class, or gender.
    4. Submit, for approval on a pass/fail basis, a portfolio representative of the work in ethnic/gender studies classes and activities.
  3. The portfolio represents the Ethnic and Gender Studies experience and includes the following:
    1. A brief reflective essay (approximately 3 pages) that describes the student’s experience as an Ethnic and Gender Studies minor and the value gained from the coursework and events.
    2. The syllabi from each of the student’s EGS courses; and representative ethnic/gender studies work from each of those courses, including graded papers, tests, or assignments.
    3. Material (such as programs, handouts, or class assignments) collected from the 8 extracurricular (ESU sponsored or promoted) events the student attended.
      1. Extracurricular events will have an educational element as well as components dealing with race, gender, ethnicity, class, and/or culture. Common examples include, but are not limited to, guest speakers, diversity panels, and film showings followed by discussions.
      2. Students may include material collected from events that they attended as participants (and not just observers); for example a student who was a panelist in a diversity discussion may include that event in their portfolio.
      3. Students may include in their portfolio a non-ESU sponsored event provided students receive prior approval from the Director for that event to count toward the portfolio.
    4. The portfolio will be reviewed by three faculty members and the Director of the Ethnic & Gender Studies program, and discussed with the student during a portfolio meeting.
      1. Students enroll in ID491: Ethnic and Gender Studies Portfolio in order to present their portfolios, usually in their last semester.
      2. Students contact 3 instructors who taught the classes they passed in the Ethnic and Gender Studies Program and ask them to be on their portfolio committee.
      3. Students provide a list of their committee members to the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies ( The Department will work with the student and the committee to set a date to present the portfolio to the committee.
      4. Students provide a copy of their portfolio to the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies when they are ready to schedule their portfolio meeting. Electronic copies are preferred, but hard copies are acceptable. The Department distributes copies of the portfolio to the student’s committee. Committee members should have the portfolio at least one week prior to the meeting. Meetings should occur no later than the last week of classes.
      5. In the meeting with the portfolio committee, students should be prepared to discuss topics that include, but are not limited to, coursework in the minor, the events they attended, comments made in the reflective essay, connections they made between courses and events, the minor’s effect on future plans, and other topics that emerge in the meeting.


  • Additional recommendations (not requirements) for the EGS minor include:
    1. During the course of fulfilling their general education requirements, students are encouraged to take at least 2 multicultural intensive general education courses.
    2. Students who are monolingual are encouraged take at least 2 semesters of a modern language other than English.