Student Learning Outcomes

Goal #1: Content Mastery

The Ethnic Studies major guides students through a systematic study of racialized groups with a particular focus on African American, American Indian, Asian American, and Latino/a peoples and communities within the United States. Our program is committed to comparative, transnational, and intersectional approaches. The content of our major furthers Cal State East Bay’s mission to "support a diverse student body with academically rich, culturally relevant learning experiences which prepare students to apply their education to meaningful lifework, and to be socially responsible contributors to society."

Learning Outcome #1:

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.

Learning Outcome #2:

Understand and apply critical frameworks of Ethnic Studies, including decolonizing methodology, intersectionality, resiliency theory, structural analysis, women of color feminism, and cultural analysis.

Goal #2: Cultural Competencies

The Ethnic Studies major provides students with cultural competencies so that they can “work collaboratively and respectfully as members and leaders of diverse teams and communities” (CSUEB Institutional Learning Outcome)

Learning Outcome #3:

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.

Learning Outcome #4:

Be able to identify and critique essentialist paradigms.

Goal #3: Applied Learning

The Ethnic Studies program provides students with high impact learning activities in local communities where they “apply knowledge of diversity and multicultural competencies to promote equity and social justice in our communities” (CSUEB Institutional Learning Outcome).

Learning Outcome #5:

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.

Learning Outcome #6:

Engage in critical reflection about social justice rooted in community-based experiences

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