Ethnic Studies

Discover what you can learn and where an ethnic studies major can take you.

Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary program that enhances student understanding of the experiences and perspectives of U.S. racial and ethnic groups. Courses explore the cultural production, socioeconomic conditions, educational patterns, and political experiences of Asian Americans, Chicanos and African Americans.

Students in a classroom


  • Activism for community causes
  • Civic engagement
  • Social justice and issues
  • How to work effectively with diverse communities and cultures
  • Oversight and transparency
  • Creative positive change in the community

icon Learn

  • Fieldwork practices
  • Community service learning
  • Social policies relating to immigration, racial segregation, and racial diversity
  • Sociocultural, political and educational issues facing ethnic groups


  • Teaching
  • University level research and teaching
  • Community activism
  • Law and law enforcement
  • Health services

iconCareer Opportunities

  • Teaching at school districts across the state of California
  • University level teaching and research
  • Social worker for Tenet Health Care, Kaiser Permanente, U.S. Medical Service Corps, school districts, county services and many others
  • Non-profit agencies such as Disability Rights California or Habitat for Humanity International
  • Government and law agencies
  • Graduate studies

icon Degrees and Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies
  • Those majoring in Liberal Studies can complete their concentration in: 
    - Ethnic Studies 
    - Bilingual Crosscultural: Southeast Asian
    - Bilingual Crosscultural: Spanish
  • Those majoring in Social Sciences can complete their concentration in Ethnic Studies.
  • Minors available in:
    - African American Studies
    - Asian American Studies
    - Chicano Studies
    - Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies Student

"Teachers need to understand the importance of multicultural education and provide opportunities for their students to learn about the many cultures represented in America and in the world around them. With a concentration in ethnic studies, I learned many techniques to include multiculturalism in my teaching."

Ashlyn Bertao
Ethnic Studies Student