The Department of Ethnic Studies is central to the university’s commitment “to educational excellence for a diverse society.” It offers a major, minors, and courses that are interdisciplinary in nature and provide a holistic approach to the study of the United States’ multiracial, multicultural, and multigender immigrant society. The department’s faculty provide areas of study that integrate social science and literary theory, as well as anthropological and sociological concepts within a historical and humanistic perspective. The underlying goal of Ethnic Studies is to provide a better understanding of diversity in American culture and thought.
The Ethnic Studies major consists of a core of Ethnic Studies courses, support courses in other departments in the university, and Options in Ethnic Studies, African American Studies Option, B.A., Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies Option, B.A., Ethnic Studies, Genders and Sexualities in Communities of Color Option, B.A., Ethnic Studies, Latino/a and Latin American Studies Option, B.A., and Ethnic Studies, American Indian Studies Option, B.A. The curriculum ismultidisciplinary as well as interdisciplinary. The major helps the student qualify for graduate work in social sciences, law, and humanities, and for work in municipal, state, and federal government. Of equal importance are the advantages the major provides to work in community serviceorganizations concerned with opportunities and problems of various ethnic and racial groups.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from Cal State East Bay will be able to:
- Summarize the legacies of contact, conquest, and resistance to racial oppression in domestic and transnational frames by defining and explaining key concepts such as colonialism, oppression, slavery, genocide, racialization, class, structural racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-racism, solidarity, whiteness, sustainability, and privilege.
- Understand and apply critical frameworks of Ethnic Studies, including decolonizing methodology, intersectionality, resiliency theory, structural analysis, women of color feminism, and cultural analysis.
- Recognize and explain the complexity and heterogeneity of racialized groups in the US, including intra-group differences related to gender, class, region, sexuality, generation, immigration status, language fluency and so forth.
- Identify and critique essentialist paradigms.
- Participate in community-based or service-learning projects overseen by Ethnic Studies faculty that link the critical frameworks and key concepts of Ethnic Studies with experiential learning.
- Engage in critical reflection about social justice rooted in community-based experiences
- Diversity Specialist
- Public/ International Relations Specialist
- Government Service
Major Requirements (B.A.)
Please consult an advisor in your major department for clarification and interpretation of your major requirements. The major consists of 60 units; the B.A. degree requires a total of 180 units.
I. Lower Division Core Courses (4 units)
One course selected from the following:
II. Upper Division Core Courses (12 units)
III. Primary Option Courses (20 units)
Choose one of the following options. Choose five courses in the option’s area of study in consultation with an advisor. [One course from another department (4 units) can be chosen in consultation with an advisor. The course should be selected from a recommended list of courses that will be kept in the Ethnic Studies department.]
C. Asian American Studies Option
IV. Electives (24 Units)
Students may choose any of 6 4-unit courses from any of the options not selected for the primary option in consultation with an advisor..
Other Degree Requirements
In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University requirements for graduation which are described in the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements chapter in the front of this catalog. These include the General Education-Breadth requirements; the second composition (ENGL 1002 ) requirement; the cultural groups/women requirement; the performing arts/activities requirement; the U.S. history, U.S. Constitution, and California state and local government requirement; the University Writing Skills Requirement; and the residence, unit, and grade point average requirements.