Social & Behavioral Sciences
Ethnic/Cultural/Gender Studies

Ethnic/cultural/gender studies are courses of study that are rooted in the civil rights and women's liberation movements of the 1960s and 70s in the United States. Such courses can focus on the history and identity of specific ethnic groups, sexuality and gender equality, and are often tied to the fields of sociology and anthropology.

Students can pursue a Bachelor's, Master's or Doctorate in ethnic, cultural or gender studies or related discipline. The majority of students go on to pursue post-baccalaureate degrees, in order to go into research, or to teach at the undergraduate level.

Students of cultural/ethnic/genders studies have the opportunity to study a very interesting and diverse range of classes and to study within certain disciplines. Students can go on to pursue careers in anthropology, archeology, sociology, social science, education, government or the legal profession. Because the study of gender, culture and ethnic studies prepare graduates for a variety of fields, the earning and career potential varies greatly.

Students of such programs can participate in a great variety of liberal arts courses. Students pursuing ethnic studies may take classes such as race and culture, law and civil rights, topics in American history and immigration issues. Students of cultural studies may take courses on sexuality/gender, culture in film and media, history of specific ethnicities and anthropology. Gender studies students may take classes that focus on gender as they relate to one another, in a given culture or society. Classes may include studies of love and romance, feminist movements, gender in the workforce and body image in popular culture.

Students pursuing careers in the social sciences (such as anthropologists and historians) are expected a job growth rate of 22 percent until 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics. Students that go on to pursue a J.D. can expect a 13 percent growth in the legal profession for the next eight years, and those students interested in judicial professions will only have a 4 percent growth. Sociologists can expect a 21 percent growth, as sociology research continues to impact various professional fields. For more information on the job outlook for a specific area of study or industry in the U.S., the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition is available at http://www.bls.gov/oco/.


Schools That Offer This Program:
West Coast University
Strayer University
Western International University
Western International University
Western International University
Southwestern College
Southwestern College
Southwestern College
Lincoln College Online
Grantham University
Grantham University
Brookline College
New England Institute of Technology
American Intercontinental University
American Intercontinental University
American Intercontinental University
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Brown Mackie College
South University
Bryant & Stratton College
Southern New Hampshire University
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