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Ethnic Studies Minor

Ethnic Studies Minor Worksheet

Program of Study

 The Minor in Ethnic Studies 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 society(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 which comprise many modern nations, 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.

Ethnic Studies Minor Course Requirement

Completion of eighteen (18) units of credit, fifteen (15) of which must be at the upper-division level. Students must take at least three (3) units in each of the four areas indicated below.

Some courses may support one or more themes. Those courses identified by an asterisk (**). In such cases, the course may fulfill only one theme.

Recommended Course of Study

In the minor, coursework is arranged in four (4) areas: Introduction to Ethnic Studies; Colonialism, Migration, and Diasporas; Identities and Representations; and The State, Inequality, and Resistance. The first area introduces students to Ethnic Studies and this course should be taken first. The next three areas are explorations, and these courses may be taken in any order.

Advising

Information and advising will be provided by the Program Director and/or faculty of Ethnic Studies. Interested students should meet with a faculty advisor as soon as possible to declare the minor and to develop an appropriate, personalized theme of study that complements a student's interests and career goals (e.g., African-American, Borderlands, Comparative Multicultural Studies). Petitions for lower-division course credit, and petitions to apply to the minor courses not listed, must be submitted to a faculty advisor.

Special Conditions for a Minor in Ethnic Studies

Each course counted toward the minor must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher. At least nine (9) units of study must be unique to the minor (i.e. may not be counted toward other major, minor, or general education requirements).

 Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3 Units)

  • ETST 301 

Colonialism, Migration, and Diasporas (3 Units)

Select one course:

  • BRS 300
  • BRS 335
  • ETST 420*
  • HIST 334
  • HIST 345
  • HIST 346 
  • HIST 347
  • HIST 350
  • HIST 371**
  • HIST 374
  • HIST 375** 
  • HIST 381
  • HIST 382
  • HIST 383
  • LTWR 345
  • LTWR 410**
  • LTWR 420**
  • MUSC 423
  • MUSC 425
  • PSCI 337
  • SOC 349
  • SOC 469
 

The State, Inequality and Resistance (3 Units)

Select one course:

  • BRS 335
  • BRS 430 
  • COMM 330
  • COMM 430
  • COMM 454
  • EDUC 364
  • ETST 420* 
  • HIST 335
  • HIST 338A
  • HIST 352
  • HIST 371**
  • HIST 375**
  • ID 340
  • LING 341
  • PSCI 305
  • PSCI 338
  • PSCI 341
  • PSCI 348
  • PSCI 361
  • PSYC 341
  • SOC 313
  • SOC 322**
  • SOC 339
  • SOC 442
  • SOC 449
  • S OC 463
  • SOC 465
  • SOC 373
  • TA 325**
  • TA 410
  • WGSS 301
  • WGSS 303
 

Identities and Representation (3 Units)

Select one course:

  • AMD 311
  • AMD 323
  • ANTH 200
  • ANTH 301
  • ANTH 325
  • COMM 410
  • COMM 455
  • COMM 485
  • DNCE 323
  • ETST 420*
  • HIST 355
  • HIST 356
  • HIST 362
  • LING 305
  • LING 355
  • LING 371
  • LTWR 334D
  • LTWR 410
  • LTWR 420
  • LTWR 450
  • MLAN 331
  • MUSC 322
  • MUSC 427
  • SOC 322**
  • SOC 375
  • SOC 467 
  • SPAN 350B
  •  TA 323
  • TA 325
  • T A 421
  • WGSS 323
 

*ETST 420 - Special Topics in Ethnic Studies may be repeated as topics change for a total of nine (9) units. May count toward different themes depending on topic. Students should check the Class Schedule for a listing of current topics.

Two (2) elective courses (6 Units)

Selected from any of the three themes. A course may also be petitioned through the Program Director for acceptance, providing at least half the course is devoted to studies of race/ethnicity.

Total (18 Units)