Ethnic Studies

The Ethnic Studies Minor at Cal State San Marcos offers students majoring in another discipline the opportunity to study critically and systematically the experiences of racial/ethnic groups that have been economically, educationally, politically, legally, and/or socially disadvantaged. It analyzes how these groups have been integrated or not into societ(ies) and how race/ethnicity has shaped identity.

Offering global and U.S. perspectives, the minor supports the founding Mission Statement of the University by helping to prepare students "to live cooperatively and competitively in a world of cultural and ethnic diversity."

Since the minor helps students better understand the multi-ethnic cultures of which many modern nations are comprised, it enhances courses of study leading to career fields in both public and private sectors, such as business, education, law, medicine, public health, corrections, social work, journalism, public relations, politics, psychology, international relations, and creative writing. It also helps to prepare students for graduate study in related fields.



Joint Statement by Ethnic Studies & Women's Studies about Campus Hate Crimes:
As affiliate faculty and staff of the Ethnic Studies program and the Department of Women's Studies, we stand united against the continuation of hate speech and crimes on university campuses in San Diego County.  On our own campus, we condemn the instances of hate crime that are racist, sexist, heterosexist and homophobic that consequently endorse and/or work in the service of white supremacy. Our indignation is rooted in recognition of and resistance to a history of violence carried out against people of color and the LGBTQ communities in the U.S. that takes shape through tactics of intimidation, subordination, and marginalization.  An important mechanism to combating hate crimes on campus is programmatic development of interdisciplinary programs such as Ethnic Studies, which began forty years ago on university campuses nationally, and Women¿s Studies.  Therefore, we will continue to systematically address these issues in our courses and we will continue to advocate for the institutionalization of an Ethnic Studies major.  We stand in solidarity with all persons committed to maintaining avenues for social justice, creating structural changes where and when necessary, and sustaining institutions of higher learning where the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion may flourish.  We ask that others stand with us.