Welcome! Thank you for your interest in the Ethnic Studies major and Ethnic Studies minor. We are excited to be part of your collegiate journey at CSUSM and look forward to sharing what we love about our field and work with you to achieve your academic goals. As you explore what our program has to offer, keep in mind that this is just an introduction and we encourage you to contact our faculty to learn more about our degree program(s) and our curriculum at CSUSM. This major(s) joins 22 other majors and 33 minors under the umbrella of the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS). The CHABSS Dean’s Office has many student services, but, in particular, the following two articles on Faculty Being Your Best Resource and Making & Staying on the Dean’s List may help you in your academic journey.
The Ethnic Studies Major operates from a comparative approach. Core curriculum of the program anchors students in an ethnic studies perspective intellectually, theoretically, and methodologically. Three themes characterize the curriculum: Colonialism, Migration and Diasporas; The State, Inequality and Resistance; and, Identities and Representation. Students have an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of ethnic studies via application in a capstone project and/or field-work opportunities in racial-ethnic communities.