Ethnic Studies

College of Ethnic Studies
Dean: Kenneth Monteiro
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Associate Dean: Laureen Chew

Graduate Coordinator: Nancy Mirabal


Professors—Almaguer, Begonia, Chew, Cordova, Cuellar, Diaz, Dong, Head, Hom, Kobashigawa, Nobles, Obenga, Rivera, Tsuruta, T'Shaka, Yansane, Yoo

Associate Professors—Abdulhadi, Barker, Carrillo, Garcia, Ginwright, Gonzales, Jeung, Jolivette, Le, Mirabal, Murguia, Nelson, Pelaud, Richards, Sueyoshi, Tintiangco-Cubales

Assistant Professors—Akom, Bakrania, Collins, Dariotis, Duncan-Andrade, Esquibel, Ferreira, Fischer, McDougal, Reyes, Soe, Ueunten, Washington


M.A. in Ethnic Studies

Program Scope

The Master of Arts in Ethnic Studies is collectively administered by the Chairs’ Council of the College of Ethnic Studies. It is designed to increase students’ knowledge and understanding of the experiences of people of color. The program provides training in techniques for the analysis of historical and contemporary social problems related to these experiences, and the curriculum develops students’ capacity to structurally assess, plan, and evaluate social policies aimed at the resolution of these problems. Although the focus remains primarily on the condition of Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos, and American Indians, the program is increasingly concerned with mixed race studies, human sexuality studies, diaspora studies, postcolonial criticism, theories of racial formation, the experiences of other communities of color, and theory/practice of resistance and social movements.

The program is designed to prepare individuals for advanced graduate work leading to the doctorate or professional roles in teaching, research, and administration within both the public and private sectors. The theoretical and conceptual tools of several disciplines are critically utilized and analyzed. The program applies cutting edge analyses, such as cultural studies, postcolonial, feminist, and queer perspectives, to instruction, research, and community involvement. Both scholarly and activist engagements with the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area communities of color are encouraged and expected.

Career Outlook

The Master of Arts in Ethnic Studies is designed to be a versatile degree—one that is inclusive rather than exclusive of employment opportunities. These possibilities range from ethnic oriented teaching and research to community and multicultural resource development to practical application in the business and technical fields. Program graduates are also eligible to apply for teaching positions at the California community colleges in ethnic studies and related fields.

Graduates with this increasingly sought after expertise have begun establishing an impressive employment history. Approximately 25 percent of graduates go directly into teaching at community colleges or four-year institutions. An additional 25 percent enter various professional fields, including K-12 teaching, youth-related social programs, and community advocacy research.

Approximately 50 percent of the graduates proceed on to doctoral studies in a wide range of subject areas, including ethnic studies, anthropology, sociology, American studies, health education, multicultural education, communication studies, and African American studies. Although the graduate program only has been in existence since 1988, alumni of the M.A. in Ethnic Studies have gone on to Ph.D. programs at a broad array of prestigious institutions. These include various University of California campuses, Temple University, Stanford, Yale, Purdue, the University of Michigan, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Hawaii, and Harvard University.


Admission to the Program

A student must meet the general university requirements, along with the College of Ethnic Studies requirements:

Applicants interested in the graduate program in ethnic studies must file a California State University graduate application with the university graduate admissions office. In addition, a separate program application form must be completed and returned to the Ethnic Studies graduate program office. Applicants must submit to the graduate coordinator of the College of Ethnic Studies (on behalf of the College of Ethnic Studies Graduate Admissions Committee) the following information:

Applications are accepted for fall semester admissions only. The application deadline is February 1. Program information and applications are available at the College of Ethnic Studies web site:

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: this first level must be met through satisfactorily meeting the writing requirements in ETHS 710. Level Two: in addition, students must indicate a method of demonstrating their further competency in English at the time of filing the Graduate Approved Program. The latter assessment of competence is evidenced by the writing of a field study or a master's thesis.

Advancement to Candidacy

In addition to fulfilling all the university requirements, the student must file a Graduate Approved Program after having completed 24 units, but no more than 24 units, of work applicable to the M.A. in Ethnic Studies, with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Before filing the Graduate Approved Program, the student must demonstrate proficiency in written English and complete any other program pre-candidacy requirements. The proposed course of study when approved by the dean of Graduate Studies means the student has been advanced to candidacy.

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

Program Units
ETHS 710 Theories and Concepts in Ethnic Studies 3
AA S 800 Seminar: Contemporary Discourse in Asian American Studies 3
AFRS 705 Seminar in Africana Studies 3
AIS 701 Seminar in American Indian Studies 3
RAZA 707 Seminar in Raza Studies 3
ETHS 720 Research Methods in Ethnic Studies 3
ETHS 750
ETHS 885
Community Practicum
Graduate Projects in the Teaching of Ethnic Studies
ETHS 820 Advanced Research Seminar in Ethnic Studies 3
Area Emphasis—on advisement 3
ETHS 895
ETHS 898
Field Study
Minimum total 30

Area Emphasis

Students are required to focus on an area of emphasis in Africana Studies, Raza Studies, Asian American Studies, American Indian Studies. In addition the program offers students the opportunity to develop expertise in Arab Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora studies, and critical race and resistance studies employing comparative methodology. Courses selected to fulfill the emphasis will provide a student with the subject matter foundation to complete the culminating research project field study or thesis. Upon advisement, upper division/graduate course work in the College of Ethnic Studies and other departments on campus may be used.

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