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Ethnic Studies

The Ethnic Studies Minor at California State University 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.


The B.A. in Ethnic Studies received official authorization by the Office of the Chancellor of the California State University in December 2017! Students may now select to major in Ethnic Studies beginning fall 2018.

In Spring 2018 as in Fall 2018, the Ethnic Studies Program offers two courses: ETST 101, Introduction to Ethnic Studies; and ETST 301, Ethnic Studies and Society.  

Congratulations to our recent graduates in the Minor from the Class of 2018!

We wish you well in your future ambitions! In remembrance of the Graduation Celebration of Ethnic Studies Minors, see the video to the left!