Nov 30, 2023  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Ethnic Studies B.A.

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View information for the Department of Anthropology, Geography, and Ethnic Studies .

View the degree program Roadmap, which provide recommended advising maps to complete the degree program. Please consult your academic advisor as you develop your academic plan.

The Ethnic Studies program is an interdisciplinary program that provides a critical, relational and intersectional approach to the study of African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicana/os-Latina/os, and American Indians within a regional, national, and global context. The Ethnic Studies curriculum provides students with critical inquiry that advances their analysis and understanding of the histories and contemporary situations of racial and ethnic groups in relation to class, gender, sexuality, nationality, and other forms of power. In particular, the major provides students with a critical understanding of the multiple meanings of racial diversity in U.S. society in order to participate and work effectively in a variety of fields such as education, business, law, health, social services, non-profit organizations and the arts. Ethnic Studies is dedicated to producing critical scholarship, teaching and mentoring diverse students and working toward social change.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to describe the histories and experiences of racial and ethnic groups in the United States from a regional, national, and global perspective.
  2. Students will demonstrate and apply the fundamental concepts, principles, and methods of Ethnic Studies.
  3. Students will utilize knowledge of diverse communities and issues to promote equity and social change.
  4. Students will develop social awareness and responsibility through experiential learning, personal and intellectual growth.


1. Complete the University General Education Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree

(51 units)

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The Major

(24 units)

Electives to complete the major:

(15 units)

Choose a minimum of 12 units in Ethnic Studies courses.  3 units may be from outside the discipline.



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