Why Study Ethnic Studies?
Students in the Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies have a unique opportunity to concentrate on how their education can help create greater social justice in our world. The field of ethnic studies began as a student-led movement for curriculum uncovering the problems of racism, with the goal of reconnecting to our own communities and to traditions that are erased in white supremacist learning.
Major in Ethnic Studies
Ethnic studies majors can earn either a BA or a BS while studying a broad spectrum of topics such as social movements, immigration, sports, sexualities, incarceration, and law. We also offer an interdisciplinary minor, constructed in consultation with an IRES faculty adviser.
Get Real-World Experience
IRES students sharpen their professional skills through internships, traveling the world, and participating in vibrant student communities.
What You Can Do with an Ethnic Studies Degree
An ethnic studies major can prepare you to work in many fields. Learn about possible careers and hear from alumni.
Advising and Academic Support
Schedule an appointment with a faculty or peer advisor, find important department forms, and get your questions answered.
Gain a Fresh Perspective
“After a 15-year hiatus, I embarked on my college journey while my son was in preschool. Since then, I've secured an internship with Unite Oregon's Anti-Displacement Coalition, earned acceptance into an accelerated UO master's program, and proudly received a DucksRISE Research Fellowship to examine the recent trend of Black and Brown women becoming expats. Through my studies in IRES, I've acquired a transformative perspective that empowers me to navigate intricate systems and view our world through a fresh and insightful lens.”
—Tabitha Joaquín, ethnic studies major
Scholarships and Awards
Learn about ways to apply for funding through the Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies.
Support for Dreamers
All first-year students can apply to UO through Common App or directly through the university. For funding, undocumented and deferred action students can apply for the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA).