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. Define and apply key concepts, contexts, and scholarship in Ethnic Studies.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the specificities of heterogeneous communities shaped by and shaping the U.S. nation-state in addition to broad ethnic studies concepts and contexts.
  3. Apply inter- and multidisciplinary, comparative, and intersectional approaches to critically analyze discourses, practices, and institutions that maintain structural inequality.
  4. Communicate in writing and in alternative media one’s own arguments and the arguments of others within the field of ethnic studies and in at least one other discipline.
  5. Design and implement research projects that account for the limits and potentials of humanities and social science methodologies and acknowledge competing frameworks of knowledge to understand US racial formations.
  6. Apply acquired knowledge and skills toward academic, professional, personal, and community development.

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 Studies4
Survey Electives
Select from the following: 8
Global Origins of Race in the U.S. (F) 1
Introduction to American Indian Studies (F) 1
Introduction to African American Studies (F) 1
Introduction to Latino/a/x Studies (F) 1
Introduction to Asian American Studies (F) 1
Cultural Electives
Select from the following:12
African Americans in Popular Culture
Native Americans in Popular Culture
Asian Americans in Popular Culture
Latina/os in Popular Culture
Cultural Production and Ethnicity
ES 345Queer Ethnic Studies (Upper-Divison D) 14
ES 350Gender, Race, Culture, Science & Technology (Upper-Division B) 14
ES 380Critical Race Theory (GE Electives) 14
ES 390Research Methodology in Comparative Ethnic Studies4
ES 450Fieldwork in Comparative Ethnic Studies4
ES 461Senior Project4
Upper-Division Ethnic Studies Electives
Select ES courses at the 300-400 level 2, 3, 412
Approved Electives
Select from the Approved Electives list below 2, 3, 4, 520
STAT 217Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B4) 14
(See GE program requirements below.)48
Free Electives 444
4 units of free electives may need to be at the 300-400 level to ensure completion of the required minimum of 60 units of upper-division courses. Consult college advisor for additional information.
Total units180

Approved Electives

Select from the following (at least 8 units must be at the 300-400 level): 2, 3, 4, 520
The Global Environment
World Food Economy
Cultural Anthropology
Action-oriented Ethnography
Culture and Health
Native American Cultures
Queer Anthropology
Topics in Architectural History
Native American Architecture and Place
Asian Art Survey
Asian Art Topics: National, Religious, and Intellectual Movements
International and Cross Cultural Management
International Finance
International Marketing
Children's Learning and Development in Educational Settings
Children's Development in Diverse Cultures
Intercultural Communication
Critical Cultural Studies and Communication
Gender and Communication
Cities: Form, Culture and Evolution
Planning for and with Multiple Publics
Cities in a Global World
Cultural Influence on Dance in America
Economics of Poverty, Discrimination and Immigration
International Trade Theory
Sustainable Environments
Women Writers of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
Ethnic American Literature
African American Literature
Gender in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature
World Cinema
Diversity in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century American Literature
LGBT Literature and Media
Climate and Humanity
Fire and Society
Gender, Race, Class, Nation in Global Engineering, Technology & International Development
Ethnicity and the Land
Indigenous Peoples and International Law and Policy
Food and Nutrition: Culture and Customs
Nutrition Education and Communications
Human Geography
Global Geography
Geography of California
Geography of Latin America
Geography of the Caribbean
Geography of International Development
United States Cultures
Survey of California History
Comparative Social Movements
World History, 1800 - Present
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
East Asian Culture and Civilization
Modern 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
Personal Health: A Multicultural Approach
Multicultural Society and the Mass Media
Global Communication
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
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
World Food Systems
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
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 Genders and Sexualities
Global Race and Ethnic Relations
Social Stratification
Social Change
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
Queer Theory
Humanities in Chicano/a Culture
Critical Issues in Latin American Studies

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 24 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 48 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science4
B2Life Science4
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (4 units in Support) 10
Upper-Division B (4 units in Major) 10
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement) (4 units in Major) 10
D2Lower-Division D4
Upper-Division D (4 units in Major) 10
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E4
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies (4 units in Major) 10
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives (4 units in Major plus 4 units in GE) 14
Total units48