Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of ethnic groups in society.
As an Ethnic Studies major, you gain knowledge of a broad range of ethnic groups and
develop important skills in research, writing, analysis, critical thinking and cultural
Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization
*See Training section
||Museum Curator *
|Bilingual Education Consultant
|City Planner *
|Community Organization Worker
||Rehabilitation Counselor *
|Foreign Service Officer
||Social Worker *
|Industrial Relations Specialist
||Substance Abuse Counselor
Nature of the Work
Many career opportunities with government agencies and non-profit organizations are
available to Ethnic Studies majors. Here is a brief summary of the type of work you
- Administrative assistants collect, compile and analyze information, review policies
and procedures and prepare written reports, grant applications, correspondence, resolutions,
- Human services workers are employed in group homes and halfway houses; correctional
and community mental health centers; family, child, and youth service agencies; and
programs concerned with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence, and aging.
- Human service workers in social service agencies interview clients, assess their needs,
and establish their eligibility for services.
- Social workers assist individuals and families with management of health, social,
emotional and economic problems.
- Group counselors are responsible for supervising the activities, safety and care of
juveniles in county detention or correctional facilities.
- Probation officers helps individuals abide by the terms and conditions of probation.
Places of Employment
|City, county, state government
|Department of Health and Human Services
||Research and educational institutes
|Department of State
|Immigration and Naturalization Services
|Internal Revenue Service
||Social service agencies
|Office of Personnel Management
||Universities and colleges
|Social Security Administration
Many of the jobs listed above may be obtained with a bachelor's degree depending on
the type of coursework you completed and experience you gained as an undergrad.
Those job titles designated by an asterisk generally require specific education and/or
experience beyond the bachelor's degree.
A master's degree in social work is required for many positions in the mental health
field and is almost always necessary for supervisory, administrative or research positions.
If you are considering a career in teaching and research at a university, you will
need to pursue a Ph.D.
For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951)
The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.