Collaborative Graduate Program in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies

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Jeff Reitz at Freedom event

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Reitz and Shachar at Harney Lecture

(For information on our Annual Graduate Research Conference, please go to the Graduate Conference Page)

ETHNIC AND PLURALISM STUDIES at the University of Toronto offers students with interests in ethnic and pluralism studies the opportunity to widen their horizons – to expand their knowledge beyond a single disciplinary base, and to take advantage of the wealth and diversity of academic resources available at the University of Toronto – a great university situated in a large and culturally-cosmopolitan city.

Students may also take advantage of special lectures, conferences, and workshops sponsored by the Robert F. Harney Professorship and Program in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies. These events bring eminent researchers and practitioners from around the world to enhance the research community at the University of Toronto.


Who can participate

Ethnic and Pluralism Studies is a collaborative graduate program. It is open only to students who have been admitted to and enrolled in a Master’s or Doctoral program in one of the collaborating graduate units.

The list of those units is as follows:

Anthropology, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES), Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (CTL), Geography, Global Affairs (MGA)History, Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources (CIRHR), Political Science, Religion, School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG), Social Work, Sociology, Social Justice Education (SJE), Leadership, Higher and Adult Education (LHAE), and Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI).

See below for a list of faculty members on the EPS Faculty Advisory Committee.

(NOTE: Students from other graduate units at the University of Toronto may also participate upon special approval by the Program Director).

Upon successfully completing the requirements, in addition to a Master’s or a Doctoral degree in their disciplines, students will receive a specialization noted on their transcripts as “Completed Collaborative Program in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies.” EPS does not itself grant degrees.




Upon successful admission to one of the collaborating graduate units listed above, students become AUTOMATICALLY eligible to join the Ethnic and Pluralism Studies program (I.e. we do not have separate admissions requirements).

To finalize the process:

  1. The student should contact the Ethnic and Pluralism Studies program administrator by e-mail to express their wish to join the program. (The student may also ask their graduate administrator to contact us on their behalf).
  2. The EPS program administrator will e-mail the student a form (contact information and a brief intent of study)  to be returned completed and saved in PDF.
  3. The Ethnic and Pluralism Studies office will send a formal notification of acceptance to the home graduate unit and to the School of Graduate Studies.
  4. The student’s status on ROSI will reflect the fact that she/he has been accepted into the Ethnic and Pluralism Studies Collaborative Program.



Program Requirements

It is very important for students who wish to participate in the Ethnic and Pluralism Studies Collaborative Program to inform themselves on how our requirements fit in with their home unit’s program requirements.

Please read the following carefully:

At the MASTER’S level:

  • TWO 0.5 FCE (Full Course Equivalent) courses in ethnicity from two different disciplines, chosen from the list of approved courses. At least one of the two courses will be in a discipline other than the one in which the student is enrolled.
  • Coordinating seminar in ethnicity (JTH3000H – see below) offered in the Fall semester and taught by the program director.
  • When a practicum is required for the completion of a Master’s degree, it will focus on ethnicity.
  • The major paper or thesis, as required by the graduate unit, will be in the area of ethnic studies.

At the DOCTORAL level:

  • FOUR 0.5 FCE courses in ethnicity, from at least two different disciplines, chosen from the list of approved courses. Courses taken for the Master’s degree may be counted toward this requirement, upon approval by the Program Director. At least two of the courses will be in disciplines other than the one in which the student is enrolled.
  • Coordinating seminar in ethnicity (JTH3000H – see below) offered in the Fall semester and taught by the program director (students who have taken this course for the Master’s degree do not need to repeat it).
  • When the student’s graduate unit requires more than one comprehensive examination, one of the examinations will be in ethnicity. When there are no comprehensive examinations but an examination on the thesis proposal is required, the examination will focus on ethnicity, and in all cases the thesis will be on subject matter dealing with ethnicity.
  • A PhD thesis will focus on ethnicity; the supervisor of the thesis committee will be a specialist in the area of ethnicity.



Core seminar JTH3000H “Ethnic Relations Theory, Research and Policy”

  • Collaborative Program Required Seminar Course, offered in the Fall term
  • Taught by Program Director, Professor Jeffrey Reitz in Fall 2015
  • Location : SK702 (Social Work Building at corner of Bloor and Bedford)
  • Time: Mondays 4:30-6:30pm
  • JTH3000 – Course Description Fall 2015 now available.



Course List

We are posting a 2015-2016 Preliminary list of EPS approved courses (updated July 27, 2015), which is subject to change. Please check for updates, and contact the program administrator. for questions.

Note1: Not all courses on the list are available in the current year. Students should contact the individual graduate unit’s office for the most up-to-date information on course offerings.

Note 2: Courses not on this list may be approved on a special basis by the Program Director. Such a course must 1) be taught by a full-time graduate faculty member and 2) have two thirds of its content in the area of ethnic studies and/or interethnic relations. Students can send in their suggestion for review to the Program Director (they can also contact the Program Administrator) with the course syllabus and the weekly description of its content. Please note that students need to get approval BEFORE taking the course, as we cannot guarantee that a course will be approved retroactively, and the student may find him/herself not being able to meet the collaborative program requirement.



Useful Awards information

Our program does not offer financial assistance but students may apply to various SGS grants to study and/or attend conferences abroad. Please see the SGS Travel and Conference Awards page.



To discuss these matters, please contact a member of the EPS faculty advisory committee or the EPS program administrator.



Faculty advisory committee

Baker, Michael – Department of Economics

Fong, Eric – Department of Sociology

Hillewaert, Sarah – Department of Anthropology

Iacovetta, Franca – Department of History 

Joshee, Reva – Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Klassen, Pamela – Department for the Study of Religion

Korteweg, Anna – Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Macklin, Audrey – Faculty of Law and School of Public Policy and Governance

Mahtani, Minelle – Department of Geography

McElhinny, Bonnie – Women and Gender Studies (WGSI)

Razack, Sherene – Social Justice Education (SJE)

Reitz, Jeffrey – Department of Sociology

Triadafilopoulos, Phil – Department of Political Science

Troper, Harold – OISE

Verma, Anil – Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources (CIRHR)

Zuberi, Daniyal – Faculty of Social Work


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