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).

Concentrations

Effective Fall 2017

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

Freshman
AUCCCredits
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
Mathematics1B3
Electives 3
 Total Credits 27
Sophomore
 
Select one course from the following: 3
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  
Chicanx History and Culture (GT-HI1)3E 
La Chicana in Society  
Latinx Populations in the U.S.  
Contemporary Chicanx Issues  
Latina/o Creative Expression  
Latinx Routes to Empowerment  
Chicanx 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  
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
Junior
 
Select one from the following: 3
Race Formation in the United States4A,4B 
Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in the U.S.4A,4B 
Select 9 credits from the following in consultation with advisor:2 9
African American courses
  
Asian/Pacific American courses
  
Chicano(a)/Latino(a) courses
  
Native American courses
  
Global Ethnic Studies (select 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  
Global Environmental Justice Movements  
Caribbean Identities  
The Modern Caribbean  
Minor/Interdisciplinary Minor1 8
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
Electives 7
 Total Credits 30
Senior
 
ETST 487Internship–Ethnic Studies 3
ETST 493Ethnic Studies Research Methods and Writing4A,4B,4C3
Minor/Interdisciplinary Minor1 10
Electives4 16
 Total Credits 32
 Program Total Credits: 120
1

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.

2

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

3

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

4

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).

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

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ETST 100Introduction to Ethnic Studies (GT-SS3)X 3E3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
 Total Credits   12
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)X 1A3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
MathematicsX 1B3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Ethnic Studies Courses (See Major Requirements Tab for list of acceptable courses)   9
Minor/Interdisciplinary Minor   3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Ethnic Studies Courses (See Major Requirements Tab for list of acceptable courses)   6
Advanced Writing  23
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A4
Elective   3
 Total Credits   16
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Race Formation in the United States  4A,4B 
Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in the U.S.  4A,4B 
Ethnic Studies Courses (See list on Major requirements tab and choose courses in consultation with advisor)   3
Minor/Interdisciplinary Minor   4
Electives   4
 Total Credits   14
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Ethnic Studies Courses (See list on Major requirements tab and choose courses in consultation with advisor)   6
Minor/Interdisciplinary Minor   4
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   16
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ETST 487Internship–Ethnic Studies   3
Minor/Interdisciplinary Minor   5
Electives   10
 Total Credits   18
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ETST 493Ethnic Studies Research Methods and WritingX 4A,4B,4C3
Minor/Interdisciplinary MinorX  5
ElectivesX  6
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   14
 Program Total Credits:   120