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III. Policies: Minority Studies

  • Subject name: Minority Studies
  • Subject abbreviations: DES, ETHN
  • Bibliographer: Gene Hayworth, Interim: Peter Rolla
  • Other subject responsibilities: Business Reference
  • Address: 419 UCB, Business Library
  • Phone: 303-492-5383
  • Email: Gene.Hayworth@colorado.edu

I. Purpose:
The Minority Studies collection supports the curriculum needs and research at the University of Colorados Department of Ethnic Studies. The collection development emphasis is on acquiring current and retrospective materials to support the present and future needs of faculty and student research and teaching in the areas of Ethnic Studies.

A. Curricular emphasis:
The Department of Ethnic Studies seeks to provide a cohesive framework for the study of ethnic and racial groups and to promote research and critical examination of culture, history, and contemporary issues.

The Department of Ethnic Studies has established an undergraduate degree program that promotes interdisciplinary research and teaching of Interaction of people of color and indigenous peoples of the Americas, both across the Americas and on an international level, as well as Diasporas. Also of primary concern is recognition and incorporation of multicultural definitions and values in the university curriculum.


B. Research emphasis:

  • Afro-American Studies
  • American Indian Studies
  • Asian American Studies
  • Chicano Studies
  • Comparative American Studies

C. Degrees granted:
The program offers a minor as well as a B.A. in Ethnic Studies.


D. Special Studies Programs:


E. Other Subjects That Overlap and Utilize Materials:
Sociology; Womens Studies; History; Literature;Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Studies; Spanish and Portuguese; Religious Studies.


F. Institutes or Labs That Utilize Materials:
Center for Humanities and the Arts


G. Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials:
Interlibrary loan users / Public patrons


H. Other Considerations:
The majority of the collection is located in the Norlin Library stacks. Major reference works are located in the Reference Department and some rare materials are housed in Special Collections. Older, less-used materials are housed in off-site storage (PASCAL).


I. General Collection Guidelines:

1. Methods:
Approval plan for books from Blackwell North American as well as special orders as needed or by request. Microform purchases are from vendors. Gifts-in-kind are accepted depending on the needs of the collection.


2. Languages:
Primarily English. Occasionally foreign language materials upon faculty members request.


3. Chronological Guidelines:
No time period is excluded from selection.


4. Geographical Guidelines:
The program focus is on people of color and indigenous peoples of the Americas


5. Treatment of Subject:
Materials supporting the major areas of study will be collected broadly. Textbooks will generally not be collected except for exceptional quality, or upon request for reserve.


6. Types of Materials:
Monographs, monographic series, periodicals, bibliographies, microforms, electronic formats, reference sets and audio-visual materials that support curriculum and research.


7. Date of Publication
Emphasis is on current materials. Other purchasing will be very selective upon request by faculty members.


8. Other General Considerations
Materials in support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Studies will be purchased to supplement those purchased with the Undergraduate Fund.

II. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class
There is no LC Class for Ethnic Studies alone but the subject is often found under the following headings and others:

B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion

BF Psychology

BH Aesthetics

BJ Ethics

BL-BX Religion


E History: America

F History America

G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation


H Social Science (General)
HB Economic theory. Demography
HD Industries. Land Use. Labor
HM Sociology
HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform.
HQ The Family. Marriage. Women
HT Communities. Classes. Races.
HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology


PN Theory. Philosophy. Esthetics. Criticism. Literary history. Comparative Literature