Ethnic Studies Minor


Dr. Shirley A. Jackson, Co-coordinator
Sociology Department 
Phone: (203392-5676


Dr. Annette Madlock-Gatison
Dr. Annette Madlock-Gatison, Co-coordinator
Communication Department
Phone: (203) 392-5522

Greetings!  Thank you for your interest in the Ethnic Studies minor.

Established in 2003 by Dr. Jackson, the Ethnic Studies minor is the first of its kind within the Connecticut State University system.

Ethnic Studies is a multidisciplinary minor drawing from a variety of disciplines addressing ethnic diversity in the United States. The Ethnic Studies minor allows students the opportunity to study ethnic and racial groups within their own degree programs.

The minor draws upon existing courses, bringing them together in a manner of interest to students from a broad range of majors.  Departments that offer courses in the proposed minor are: Sociology, Urban Studies, History, Political Science, Women's Studies, English, and Journalism.

Southern's diverse population serves as an opportunity for students and the university community at large to learn about cultural diversity.  According to Luz del Alba Acevedo (2001), "The recognition, affirmation and validation of the cultural attributes that make us different from one another have become important elements in these projects of curriculum transformation" (p. 251).[1]  The Ethnic Studies minor proposes to do just this.

The program is coordinated by Dr. Shirley A. Jackson and Dr. Annette Madlock-Gatison. Thank you for considering this as a minor concentration, or if you have already selected it as your minor, then welcome!


[1] Acevedo,  Luz del Alba.  2001.  "Speaking Among Friends: Whose Empowerment, Whose Resistance?"  In The Latina Feminist Group (Eds.) Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios.  Durham, NC: Duke University Press.