Completing the Ethnic & Gender Studies Minor


  1. The student makes an appointment to meet with the Director of the Ethnic and Gender Studies (EGS) 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. 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 document a minimum of 8 extracurricular events on issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or class.
    4. Submit, for approval on a pass/fail basis, a portfolio representative of the work in EGS classes and activities.
  1. 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 EGS 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. For each of the 8 extracurricular events (ESU sponsored or promoted) attended, the student should include:
      1. A paragraph that explains the event: title of event, where and when it took place, name(s) of presenter(s), student's role (participant/observer)
      2. A paragraph that applies the content of the event to the minor, including how it related to one of the aforementioned categories, and explains what they learned at the event
      3. Material such as programs, flyers, or handouts
      4. Students may attend non-ESU sponsored events on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or class with prior approval from the Director for that event to count toward the portfolio. Students should also then include proof of their attendance at the event (such as a ticket or a photo).
    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: EGS Portfolio in order to present their portfolios, usually in their last semester.
      2. Students ask 3 instructors who taught EGS classes they passed to be on their portfolio committee.
      3. Students provide a list of their committee members to the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies ( The Department will coordinate scheduling a portfolio presentation date no later than the last week of classes.
      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.
      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 their future plans, and other topics that emerge in the meeting.