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The Department of Ethnic and Racial Studies offers a rigorous interdisciplinary academic minor, which fosters an understanding of the histories, cultures, and contemporary issues of ethnic and racial groups in their national context.  The department seeks to affirm the identities, diverse experiences, and influences of ethnic and racial groups that have historically been oppressed in the United States.

The Department of Ethnic and Racial Studies is committed to providing curricular and other scholarly opportunities for UWL students to develop the knowledge, skills, and personal dispositions that will enable them to live and function with intercultural competence in a diverse world.  The department collaborates with other units to sponsor programming, which brings important speakers and events to the campus community to advance critical discussions of ethnic and racial issues.

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The Department of Ethnic and Racial Studies is home to the newly created Hmong and Hmong American-Studies Certificate.  For details on the certificate program, please click here, and for frequently asked questions, click here.