BA Comparative Ethnic Studies

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Program Learning Objectives

It is expected that students who demonstrate the foregoing learning outcomes will be better prepared to understand the social, cultural, political, historical, and economic factors that have shaped their own social and occupational identities, as well as the social and occupational identities of others. This knowledge should better prepare students to work, collaborate, and interact more responsibly and effectively in an increasingly diverse and globalized workplace and world.

  1. Demonstrate an ability to define key concepts, terms, and scholarship in the Ethnic Studies discipline today, including a critical understanding of the ways in which social, cultural, political, and economic factors construct historical and contemporary meanings of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the United States, as well as the ways in which these meanings shape and are shaped by scientific and technical knowledge production and educational and professional practices.
  2. Employ these key concepts and terms to conduct independent analyses of historical and contemporary texts, the arts, popular culture, and social and occupational interactions.
  3. Critically analyze discourses, ideologies, and practices that maintain or increase economic, social, political, legal, educational, environmental, scientific and technological inequality.
  4. Engage with and create new knowledge that explores and promotes the expression of new social or cultural identities and cultural literacy in a multi-racial, multi-cultural society.
  5. Engage with and create new knowledge that explores and promotes cultural, social, political, and economic self-determination and self-representation of underrepresented groups, the expansion of human rights in a national and global context, and the diversity of cultural and social practices that promote social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major or support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

ES 112Race, Culture and Politics in the United States (D1) (USCP) 14
ES 114Introduction to Ethnic Studies: Race in the United States4
Survey Electives
Select from the following:12
Survey of Indigenous Studies (D3) (USCP) 1
Survey of Africana Studies (D3) (USCP) 1
Survey of Latino/a Studies (D3) (USCP) 1
Survey of Asian American Studies (D3) (USCP) 1
Cultural Electives
Select from the following:8
African American Cultural Images
Native American Cultural Images
Asian American Cultural Images
Mexican American Cultural Images
Cultural Production and Ethnicity
ES 350Gender, Race, Culture, Science and Technology (Area F) (USCP) 14
ES 380Critical Race Theory4
ES 381The Social Construction of Whiteness4
ES 390Research Methodology in Comparative Ethnic Studies4
ES 450Fieldwork in Comparative Ethnic Studies4
ES 461Senior Project4
Upper division Ethnic Studies electives 2,312
Approved Electives 2, 3, 4, 520
See approved electives list below
Language other than English (all 8 units must be in the same language)8
STAT 217Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B1) 14
(See GE program requirements below.)56
Free Electives28
Some free electives may need to be 300-400 level to ensure completion of the required minimum of 60 units upper division. Consult college advisor for additional information.
Total units180

Approved Electives

Select from the following: 2, 3, 4, 520
The Global Environment
World Food Economy
Cultural Anthropology
Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica
Action-oriented Ethnography
Culture and Health
Native American Cultures
Queer Anthropology
Topics in Architectural History
Asian Art Survey
Asian Art Topics: National, Religious, and Intellectual Movements
International and Cross Cultural Management
International Business Management
Advanced Seminar in International Management
Managing People in Global Markets
International Finance
International Marketing
Children's Learning and Development in Educational Settings
Children's Learning and Development in Diverse Families and Communities
Intercultural Communication
Critical Cultural Studies and Communication
Gender and Communication
Cities: Form, Culture and Evolution
Cities in a Global World
Cultural Influence on Dance in America
Economics of Poverty, Discrimination and Immigration
Economics of Development and Growth
International Trade Theory
Sustainable Environments
Women Writers of the Twentieth Century
Ethnic American Literature
African American Literature
Gender in Twentieth Century Literature
World Cinema
Diversity in Twentieth-Century American Literature
LGBT Literature and Media
Climate and Humanity
Global Origins of United States Cultures
Fire and Society
Queer Ethnic Studies
Ethnicity and the Land
Indigenous Peoples and International Law and Policy
Food and Nutrition: Customs and Culture
Nutrition Education and Communications
Human Geography
Geography of United States
Global Geography
Geography of California
Geography of Latin America
Geography of the Caribbean
Geography of International Development
American Cultures
Freedom and Equality in American History
Survey of California History
Political Economy of Latin America and the Middle East
Comparative Social Movements
World History, 1800 - Present
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
East Asian Culture and Civilization
Middle East
Colonial Latin America
Modern Latin America
Modern Central America
African-American History to 1865
African-American History from 1865
Modern Japan
20th Century China
Chinese Film and History
Modern Southeast Asia
The History of Prostitution
Precolonial African History
Modern African History
History of the American West, Southwest Borderlands, and California
American Women's History to 1870
American Women's History from 1870
Topics and Issues in Latin American History
Topics and Issues in Asian History
Topics and Issues in African History
Imperialism and Postcolonial Studies
Critical Issues in Latin American Studies
Multicultural Society and the Mass Media
Global Communication
Personal Health: A Multicultural Approach
Sport and Gender
Introduction to Non-Western Musics
Jazz Styles
Music of the 60's: War and Peace
America's Music
Cultural Concepts and Structures in Music
Jazz History and Theory
Asian Philosophy
Social Ethics
Feminist Ethics, Gender, Sexuality and Society
Introduction to International Relations
Introduction to Comparative Politics
The Politics of Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
International Relations Theory
Global Political Issues
Politics of Developing Areas
U.S. and China in the Contemporary World
Authoritarian and Democratic Rule
Civil Rights in America
Social Movements and Political Protest
Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy
International Organizations and Law
Politics of the Global Economy
World Food Systems
Voting Rights and Representation
U.S. Reproductive Politics
The Politics of Poverty
Social Psychology
African American Psychology
Intergroup Dialogues
Psychology of Gender
Multicultural Psychology
Cross-Cultural International Psychology
The Social Psychology of Prejudice
Religions of Asia
Abrahamic Religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Religion, Gender, and Society
Religion and Politics in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Comparative Societies
International Political Economy
The World System and Its Problems
Sociology of Gender
Global Race and Ethnic Relations
American Ethnic Minorities
Social Stratification
Social Change
Social Organization of Modern Japan
Introduction to Hispanic Readings
Significant Works in Spanish
Chicano/a Authors
Hispanic Literature in English Translation
Chicano/Latino Writers in the United States
Advanced Literature in Spanish
Topics in Diversity on the American Stage
Global Theatre and Performance
Contemporary Issues in Women's and Gender Studies
Women, Gender and Sexuality in Global Perspective
Feminist Theory
Humanities in Chicano/a Culture

Required in Major/Support; also satisfies GE


Be aware that some courses on this list may have prerequisites and that these prerequisites may need to be used as free electives.


Consultation with advisor is recommended prior to selecting electives; bear in mind your selections may impact pursuit of post-baccalaureate studies and/or goals.


These 20 units of Approved Electives can be chosen from any unused ES prefix course or from the Approved Electives listed above. Courses not on the approved elective list may still be chosen, but are subject to department approval.


If GE courses are taken for a letter grade and used as Approved Electives to satisfy Major requirements, additional free elective units may be required to complete the 180 total unit requirement. Consult college advisor for additional information.

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 16 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BScience and Mathematics
B1Mathematics/Statistics (4 units in Support plus 4 units in GE) 14
B2Life Science4
B3Physical Science4
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B5Area B elective (select one course from B1-B5)4
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective (no ES course except ARCH/ES 326 or ES/NR 360)4
Area D/E Society and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement) (4 units in Major) 10
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions (4 units in Major) 10
D4Self Development (CSU Area E)4
D5Upper-division elective (no ES course except ES/NR 308)4
Area FTechnology
FUpper-division elective (4 units in Major)0
Total units56

Required in Major/Support; also satisfies GE