Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies

Born out of the late-1960s student protests led by the Black Student Union and Third World Liberation Front at San Francisco State University, Ethnic Studies is overtly and proudly a political and intellectual project that envisions and enacts paths to self-determination by communities of color. Ethnic Studies at CSUSB invites students who are inspired to take on the critical study of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, disability and citizenship to examine all systems and structures of oppression. Our BA consists of distinct theoretical and methodological approaches that have shaped the field of Ethnic Studies including Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, Queer of Color Critique, Settler Colonialism and Transnational Feminisms. Students who major in Ethnic Studies will analyze the power dynamics at play in structuring white supremacy, heteropatriarchy and class oppression through the centering of historically racialized groups in the United States. 

Ethnic Studies at CSUSB is comprised of educators, students and staff who are dedicated to creating supportive and nurturing academic environments for all majors and minors. By majoring in Ethnic Studies, students are prepared for a range of opportunities at CSUSB, including interdisciplinary and collaborative research, study abroad and internships on campus and in our surrounding communities. Moreover, students will be prepared to pursue a wide variety of fields after graduation, including organizing and activism, public policy, medicine, social work, secondary and college-level educational work, law and government. Majors are also well-situated for graduate studies in a number of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. 

Requirements (30 units)

Total units required for graduation: 120

Requirements for the B.A. in Ethnic Studies

Three units from:3
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
Three units selected from:3
Introduction to Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x Studies
Resistance and Revolution
Introduction to Asian American Studies
Six units from:6
Research Methods in Ethnic Studies
Senior Seminar
Eighteen units selected from:18
Women of Color Feminisms
Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Popular Culture
Black Feminist Movements
Queer of Color Critique
Race, Ethnicity and Immigration in the United States
Black Studies
Gendering Labor: Migrant Women and Work
Politics of Multiculturalism and Diversity
Race, Ethnicity, and Film in America, 1920-Present
Topics in Ethnic Studies
Health and Racism in the US, 1800-Present
Race and Social Movements in the United States, 1840-Present
US Empire and Foreign Policy 1898-Present
Latinx History through Film, 1920-Present
Transnational Feminisms and Global Raciality
Ethnic Studies in Southern California
Eating the Other: Consumer Culture and Race
Teaching Ethnic Studies
Performance Studies and Ethnic Studies
Internship in Ethnic Studies
Independent Study
Total Units30