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What will I learn?

A field major/Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) in ethnic studies from Wichita State will expose you to the diversity of experience of many racial and ethnic groups. You'll be able to tailor the degree to your interests - preparing you for advanced study as well as diverse careers in areas such as journalism, social work, criminal justice, history and many others.

Ethnic studies is an interdisciplinary program whose primary focus is on developing knowledge, attitudes and skills to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries. Basic to the development of those knowledges, attitudes and skills is an understanding of and appreciation for the unique experiences of the various ethnic groups in the larger context of United States society. This discussion helps students understand the role of past experiences in influencing current race and ethnic relations. Students from all backgrounds engage in constructive debates and critical thinking and work diligently with dedicated faculty to develop strategies for harmonious living.


The field major required 18 credit hours of ethnic-studies coursework. In addition, you'll work with academic and faculty advisors to select additional courses that demonstrate interests within a liberal-arts-based education.


A degree in ethnic studies from Wichita State will equip you with skills and knowledge you can apply in many different fields - and serves as a good base for graduate study leading to careers in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.

Which department am I in?

Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$16,208.10 per year
USD $540.27 per credit hour
Application deadline

1 June 2021

Start date

16 August 2021


Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

1845 Fairmount Street,



67260, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to complete high school (or will soon graduate from high school) are eligible to apply.

For international students

  • Students who have completed high school (or will soon graduate from high school) are eligible to apply OR
  • If you have taken the SAT or ACT, you may apply during your final year of high school. SAT: A combined Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score and Math score of 1060 or higher AND a minimum score of 490 or higher on each of the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math sections. ACT: A composite score of 21 or higher on the English, Math, Science, and Reading sections AND a minimum score of 18 or higher on each of the sections for English, Math, Science, and Reading.

All international undergraduate students at Wichita State University are required to demonstrate proficiency in English before beginning full-time academic study. English proficiency may be demonstrated in the following ways:

  • Obtain a TOEFL score of 530 or higher on the paper-based test;
  • Obtain a TOEFL score of 72 or higher on the Internet-based test;
  • Obtain an IELTS score of 6.0 or higher;
  • Obtain a PTE Academic score of 49 or higher.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

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