Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary program that  consists of a core of Ethnic Studies courses and support courses in other departments in the university. The curriculum is multidisciplinary 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 service organizations concerned with opportunities and problems of various ethnic and racial groups.

Students graduating with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from Cal State East Bay will achieve the following goals:

  • 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

The online BA in Ethnic Studies degree offers two options:

  • Asian American Studies:  The Asian American Studies option consists of 20 units of elective courses, chosen from a list which focuses on one of the major ethnic groups in the United States and its developing relationship to the larger society.
  • Genders and Sexualities in Communities of Color:  The Genders and Sexualities in Communities of Color option consists of 20 units of elective courses, chosen from a list which focuses on the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality through a variety of expressive and rhetorical modes.

Contact Information

Department of Ethnic Studies
College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
California State University, East Bay
Meiklejohn Hall 4006
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94542-3095
Tel: 510.885.2430
Dr. Enrique Salmon, Department Chair
e-mail: enrique.salmon@csueastbay.edu

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