Ethnicity, Race and First Nations Studies (BA)
Accelerated Program

One of the most versatile degrees offered at ASU, and the first of its kind in Arizona, the Ethnicity, Race, and First Nations program focuses on how these concepts shape identity and policy in American and beyond. Students will engage in internships to directly understand how these concepts interact in the real-world, preparing them for careers in the political and social sectors.

The School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies offers a BA in ethnicity, race and First Nations studies in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at ASU's West campus.

The first such program in Arizona, this program provides an integrated, comparative and comprehensive approach to the study of diversity among ethnic and racial groups and First Nations. A highlight of the program is the internship, which fosters direct links between the university and community-based settings. Both theoretical and applied perspectives are embedded in a curriculum addressing how ethnicity, race and First Nations shape identities, literacies, public policies and communities in local and transnational U.S. contexts. Students identify a career area enabling them to integrate their knowledge with specific coursework tied to their career and advanced educational goals.

Degree Offered

Ethnicity, Race and First Nations Studies (BA)
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Career Outlook

Rapid socioeconomic change, changing demographics, increased global competition and rapid cultural diversification have created an increasing need for workers and citizens knowledgeable about diverse ethnic and racial groups. Graduates of this program are well-positioned to enter the workforce and function effectively and critically as informed citizens in a diverse and complex society.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Social and Human Service Assistants 11.4%$29,790
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary9.7%$62,550
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other8.2%$41,420
Compliance Managers 3.9%$105,060
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 15.1%$68,950
Investment Fund Managers 3.9%$105,060
Reporters and Correspondents -8.5%$36,000
Political Scientists-2.3%$104,920
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary9.7%$73,790
Public Relations Specialists 6.2%$55,680
Regulatory Affairs Managers 3.9%$105,060
Security Managers 3.9%$105,060
Social and Community Service Managers9.5%$62,740
Loss Prevention Managers 3.9%$105,060
Supply Chain Managers 3.9%$105,060

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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