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Ethnic Studies

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 awareness.

Representative Job Titles and Area of Specialization
  • Administrative Analysts
  • Advertising Agent
  • Bank Officer
  • Bilingual Education Consultant
  • City Planner *
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Community Organization Worker
  • Customs/Immigration Inspector
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Grant/Proposal Writer
  • Group Counselor
  • Industrial Relations Specialist
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Lawyer *
  • Management Trainee
  • Museum Curator *
  • Personnel Analyst
  • Probation Officer
  • Professor/Instructor/Teacher *
  • Psychologist *
  • Public Administrator
  • Public Relations
  • Rehabilitation Counselor *
  • Researcher
  • Revenue Agent
  • Social Worker *
  • Staff Analyst
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Writer/Editor

* See Training section

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 might perform:

  • Administrative assistants collect, compile and analyze information, review policies and procedures and prepare written reports, grant applications, correspondence, resolutions, and proclamations.
  • 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
  • Advertising agencies
  • Banks
  • City, county, state government
  • Federal government:
    • Department of Health and Human Services
    • Department of State
    • Immigration and Naturalization Services
    • Internal Revenue Service
    • Office of Personnel Management
    • Social Security Administration
  • Hospitals
  • Insurance companies
  • Museums
  • Publishing companies
  • Research and educational institutes
  • Retailers
  • School districts
  • Social service agencies
  • Universities and colleges


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) 827-3631.

Supplemental Material

The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.


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