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Ethnic Studies, B.A. Program (120 units)
Ethnic Studies offers an interdisciplinary major, providing a comparative approach to the study of people of color in the United States. Our Ethnic Studies curriculum has a strong social justice focus. Through a systematic study of the cultures, histories, and social realities of communities of color in the US, our students finish our program prepared to work effectively in multiracial, multiethnic, multigender communities.
The Ethnic Studies major consists of 36 units. Our major provides students with considerable flexibility, allowing them to specialize in one group, while also gaining in-depth knowledge and expertise in the range of histories, cultures, and social realities of communities of color. Students work closely with their academic advisor to put together a program that suits their goals and interests. Students take 18 units of core curriculum, 12 units in their concentration, and 6 units in elective courses in Ethnic Studies. Students choose from the following five areas of concentration: American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Genders and Sexualities in Communities of Color, and Latinx/Chicanx Studies.
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Program Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from Cal State East Bay will be able to:
- Apply Ethnic Studies frameworks and key concepts to promote equity and social justice in our communities.
- Explain discipline-specific theoretical frameworks including critical race theory, intersectionality, women of color feminisms, and/or queer of color theories
- Recognize the complexity, heterogeneity and power dynamics between and within racialized groups in the US.
- Research and write effectively, in individual or collaborative contexts, on issues, ideas, perspectives, and values that affect people of color in the United States;
- Explain the concepts of colonialism, decolonization, genocide, environmental racism, and/or resilience as foundations of indigenous epistemologies and sovereignty.
Degree Requirements Unit-Outline
- A baccalaureate of arts degree requires a total of 120 units:
- The major requirements consists of 36 units;
- General Education (GE) & Graduation Requirements (GR) consists of 57 units;
- Free Electives may consist of 27 units (actual number of free elective units may depend on GE/GR units).
Note: It may be possible to double-count units within the graduation requirements or that a course may satisfy both a graduation requirement and a major requirement. Students should contact their program and AACE advisors for information.
Ethnic Studies Major Requirements (36 units)
The following 18 units of lower- and upper-division core coursework are required:
Students must take an additional 6 units of electives in Ethnic Studies NOT in their area of concentration.
Students must choose one (1) concentration for 12 units below as part of the major requirements:
Genders and Sexualities in Communities of Color Concentration
Students with a concentration in Genders and Sexualities in Communities of Color must take 12 units of coursework that focus on issues related to gender and sexual identity in communities of color in the US. Choose four (4) courses from the following:
Note: This concentration is open to both online and on ground majors.
Other Undergraduate Degree Requirements
In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University’s baccalaureate requirements for graduation, which are described in the Requirements, Exams & Testing chapter of this catalog.
Department Courses Listed by Course Type
Ethnic Studies Courses
Department of Ethnic Studies
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Ethnic Studies: Black Studies
Ethnic Studies: American Indian Studies
Ethnic Studies: Asian American Studies
Ethnic Studies: Genders and Sexualities in Communities of Color
Ethnic Studies: Chicanx and Latinx Studies