The Master of Arts in Ethnic Studies, Plan A provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the enduring and transformative nature of race and ethnicity in the United States and around the globe. The program develops professional competencies in working with diverse communities to bring about meaningful social change. Through the development of strong research, writing, and oral skills, a master’s degree in ethnic studies prepares students to become informed citizens and competitive job seekers. Our students are uniquely positioned to enter a workplace that is more diverse than ever, and where issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, among others, are more relevant than at any time in the recent past.

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 699Thesis3-6
Additional Credits 13-6
Supervised College Teaching
Independent Study
Group Study
Research in Ethnicity
Seminar in Women's Studies
Program Total Credits:30

 A minimum of 30 credits are required to complete this program.


Select enough additional credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 30 credits. 

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

  • 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 courses or higher and at least 12 credits must be in regular courses.
  • Additional elective courses include any ETST or other subject code graduate level course.