Ethnic Studies critically examines the interlocking forces of race, gender, class, sexuality, and other forms of social differentiation that shape the histories and experiences of racially marginalized groups. The programs of study interrogate how these socially constructed ideas impact distribution of social goods, affect life chances, shape identities and worldviews, and reproduce social inequalities. Drawing from interdisciplinary and comparative theoretical frameworks, we bring to bear issues of power, privilege, and social justice pertinent to the experiences of diverse populations in the U.S. and abroad. We are especially committed to nurturing civic-minded and culturally informed students who strive to strengthen the communities in which they reside. In support of the land-grant mission of CSU, Ethnic Studies engages with communities on and off campus in order to effect meaningful change in public policy and social life.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the programs of study, students will demonstrate:

  • An understanding of the key concepts shaping the experiences of various racial and ethnic groups in the United States and abroad.
  • Familiarity with social histories and experiences of racial and ethnic groups.
  • Effective oral communication, writing, and research skills.
  • An increase in critical thinking, intellectual, and personal growth.
  • An understanding of the value of social consciousness and personal responsibility.

Potential Occupations

Both theoretical understandings of and practical experience in cross-cultural and inter-ethnic relations are invaluable in today’s world. Ethnic Studies graduates work in the following fields and occupations. Education: K-12 and adult education (e.g. refugee/immigrant education, diversity training in the private sector); human social services including counseling, health care, and civil service; federal, state, tribal, and local government, and community service; natural resources development and technology transfer: practices, economics, and law in ethnic contexts; communications media such as newspaper, radio, video, and television; archival and museum studies; non-profit agencies; and advanced studies including graduate programs in the social sciences and professional programs (e.g. law, social work).


Effective Fall 2015

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Students in the Ethnic Studies major must earn a minimum grade of C (2.000) for all Ethnic Studies courses required for the major.

CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
ETST 100Introduction to Ethnic Studies (GT-SS3)3E3
Arts and Humanities3B6
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Electives 3
 Total Credits 27
Select one course from the following: 3
ETST 208/ART 208
Introduction to Native American Literature  
Native American Cultural Experience (GT-AH2)3B 
Native American History (GT-HI1)3D 
Indigenous Women, Children, and Tribes  
Development in Indian Country  
Indigenous Film and Video  
Native American Literature  
Federal Indian Law and Policy  
Select one course from the following: 3
African American History (GT-HI1)3D 
African-American Studies  
Black Cinema and Media  
African American Periods and Personalities  
Black Feminism(s)  
Africa and African Diaspora  
Select one course from the following: 3
Introduction to Chicano Literature  
Chicana/o History and Culture (GT-HI1)3E 
La Chicana in Society  
Latina/o Populations in the U.S.  
Contemporary Chicana/o Issues  
Latina/o Creative Expression  
Latina/o Routes to Empowerment  
Chicano/a Film and Video  
Select one course from the following: 3
Asian-American History (GT-HI1)3D 
Ethnicity and Film: Asian-American Experience  
Asian-Pacific Americans and the Law  
Asian American Social Movements, 1945-Present  
Select one course from the following: 3
Ethnicity and the Media (GT-SS3)3E 
Border Crossings: People/Politics/Culture (GT-SS3)3E 
Queer Studies and Women of Color  
ETST 319/ANTH 319
Global Environmental Justice Movements  
Caribbean Identities  
The Modern Caribbean  
Italian Ethnic Identity, Culture, and Gender  
Queer Creative Expressions  
Advanced Writing23
Minor/Interdisciplinary Minor1 3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A4
Electives 6
 Total Credits 31
Select one from the following: 3
Race Formation in the United States4A,4B 
Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in the U.S.4A,4B 
Select 12 credits from the following in consultation with advisor:2 12
African American courses
Asian/Pacific American courses
Chicano(a)/Latino(a) courses
Native American courses
Global Ethnic Studies (select from the following)3
ANTH 319/ETST 319
Latin American Peasantries  
Ethnicity and the Media (GT-SS3)3E 
Border Crossings: People/Politics/Culture (GT-SS3)3E 
Queer Studies and Women of Color  
Global Environmental Justice Movements  
Caribbean Identities  
The Modern Caribbean  
Minor/Interdisciplinary Minor1 8
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
Electives 7
 Total Credits 33
ETST 493Ethnic Studies Research Methods and Writing4A,4B,4C3
Minor/Interdisciplinary Minor1 10
Electives4 16
 Total Credits 29
 Program Total Credits: 120

Students must complete a minor/interdisciplinary minor consistent with the student’s program of study. A minimum total of 21 credits, 12 of which are upper division, is required.


Seniors may select with advisor approval ETST 541, ETST 550, ETST 531, ETST 535.


Seniors may select with advisor approval from ETST 500-level courses.


Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

The Major Completion Map for this concentration will be published in the 17-18 General Catalog. Students should consult with their Advisor or visit the Department for the current Major Completion Map requirements