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Ethnic Studies

The Ethnic Studies Program at California State University San Marcos offers students the opportunity to study critically and systematically the experiences of racial/ethnic groups that have been economically, educationally, politically, legally, and/or socially disadvantaged. Courses in Ethnic Studies analyze how these groups have been integrated or not into society(ies) and how race/ethnicity has shaped identity. The Ethnic Studies Program provides students with an empowering education that expands students' social and political perspectives and the critical thinking skills necessary in today's world.

Offering U.S. and global perspectives, the Ethnic Studies Program 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."

The Ethnic Studies Program at CSUSM is committed to intellectual rigor and scholarly excellence. The program prepares students for a variety of occupations where knowledge and understanding of racial and ethnic groups are essential. Graduates of the Ethnic Studies Program pursue careers 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 prepares students for graduate study in related fields.


Join Ethnic Studies programs in San Diego County for a celebration of 50 years on March 13 from 10am to noon.

The Ethnic Studies Program proudly hosted its annual Graduation Recognition Celebration on May 9, 2019. A video of the celebration will soon be posted. The Program Director and Steering Committee members are proud of students who earned a minor and thrilled about Daniela Carreon, who became the first student to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies. Read more at

Advocate in favor of AB 1460, make ethnic studies a  graduation requirement at CSUs. Read the ETST letter of support by the Ethnic Studies Steering Committee followed positions taken by President Haynes and by the CSU Ethnic Studies Council.

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.