Race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and nation: examine their interconnections and the experiences of people of color. Empower yourself to create social change in your career and community.
About the Ethnic Studies Program
Ethnic studies explores the concerns and contributions of people of color in the United States. This interdisciplinary major will help equip you for a career in community organizing and advocacy, communications, education, nonprofit management, public service, urban planning, or related fields, as well as for graduate school in varied disciplines.
In small, highly interactive classes that span the humanities and social sciences, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to navigate social contexts characterized by diversity in race, gender, class, and national origin. Dedicated professors will embolden you to express your ideas powerfully, work collaboratively with people from different backgrounds, and conduct original research. Ethnic studies majors choose from one of these concentrations:
- Race, Sexuality & Intersectionality
- Community Organizing & Social Justice
- Race, Culture & Power
- Transnationalism, Diaspora & Migration
- African Diaspora Studies
- Latina/o Studies
- American Indian Studies
- Comparative Ethnic Studies
You’ll also be encouraged to gain practical experience by assisting with faculty research projects and enrolling in courses that feature hands-on projects with local organizations. In and out of the classroom, you’ll gain the confidence you need to forge your own vision for social justice and to become a leader in your chosen field. View our program details for in-depth information on the major and minor.
Courses You Could Take
Digital & Social Media & Youth Activism
Comics & Politics: Visual Culture, Power & Ideology
Celluloid Native: American Indians in Film
Black Feminist Theory
Ethnicity & Environment in California