The M.A. in Ethnic Studies explores issues of race and ethnicity as increasing in significance due to deep structural shifts and cultural practices locally, nationally and internationally. Difficult challenges emanate from deeply rooted racial conflicts as well as people, cultures and capital crossing national borders. The consequence from inattention to this reality are enormous. Comprehending the dynamics from social formations from a multitude of disciplines is critical in identifying the problem areas in which intervention and/or additional research may be necessary. The overarching purpose of this program is to engage a comprehensive understanding of the enduring and transformative nature of race and ethnicity in the United States and around the globe, to develop professional competencies in working with diverse communities, and to bring about meaningful social changes. 

Effective Fall 2016

Core Courses
ETST 501Ethnic Studies History and Theory3
ETST 502Research Methods3
ETST 503Contemporary Ethnic Studies Issues3
Select 12 credits from the following: 12
Ethnicity, Race, and Health Disparities in U.S.
Race and U.S. Social Movements
Latinx Politics in the U.S.
Chicana Feminism: Theory and Form
Race in Latin America
Gender, Violence and Indigenous Peoples
National Identities and Nation Building
Immigration and Citizenship in U.S. History
Indigenous Law, Policy, and Peoples
African American Intellectual Thought
Race, Ethnicity, and Higher Education
Critical Disability Studies
Women and Sustainability
ETST 687Internship3-6
or ETST 695 Independent Study
Additional Credits 15-8
Supervised College Teaching
Group Study
Research in Ethnicity
Seminar in Women's Studies
Program Total Credits:32

 A minimum of 32 credits are required to complete this program. 


Select enough additional credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 32 credits. 

The following are specific requirements for the Ethnic Studies Master of Arts, Plan B:

  • Minimum of 24 semester credits earned in residence at CSU, 21 credits must be earned after admission to the Graduate School.
  • At least 21 credits must be 500-level or higher courses and at least 12 credits must be in regular courses.
  • Additional elective courses include any ETST or other subject code graduate level course.
  • Successful completion of a specialized research/professional paper.
  • Community presentation of professional paper/project.