Minor in Ethnic Studies

Requirements (28 units)

To earn the minor in ethnic studies, students must complete 28 units of coursework with a concentration to be chosen in consultation with an advisor, in only one of the following five specializations:

  • General Ethnic Studies
  • African American Studies
  • Asian Pacific American Studies
  • Chicano(a)/Latino(a) Studies
  • Native American Studies

Requirements for a minor in Ethnic Studies

Core Courses (8)
ES 100Ethnicity and Race in America4
ES 300Research Methods in Ethnic Studies4
Topic Courses (4)
ES 392Topics in Ethnic Studies4
or ES 394 Topics in Ethnic Studies
Electives (16)
In consultation with an Ethnic Studies advisor, 16 units are to be selected from only one of the five specialized concentrations below.16
Total Units28

Note: Students may consider relevant course substitution with the approval of the ethnic studies coordinator.

Specialized Concentration Options

General Ethnic Studies

Select 16 units (no more than one elective course from the same department may count toward elective units) from:
Eight units chosen from the College of Arts and Letters8
Native North American Art
Chicano Art
Communication, Language and Culture
Intercultural Communication
Gender, Race and Media
Ethnography of Communication
Culture and Ethnicity in Language
American Indian Literature
Chicano Literature
African American Literature
The Origin and Contemporary Role of Latino Culture
The Cultures of American Childhood
African Heritage in the Arts
Aspects of Chicana/o Culture
Cultural Studies
African American Music
Philosophy of Race and Ethnicity
Non-Western Philosophy
Chicano Literature in Spanish
African-American Theatre and Drama
Ethnic Films and Film Makers
Chicana/o and U.S. Latina/o Theatre
Eight units chosen from the College of Social and Behavorial Sciences8
Aztecs, Maya and their Predecessors
Incas and their Predecessors
Native North American Art
Human Biological Variance and the Concept of Race
Cross-Cultural Child-Rearing Practices
Anthropology of Human Development
Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Aging
Sex and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Anthropology of Health, Illness and Healing
Indians of North America
Indians of the Southwest
Asian American Cultures
Gender and Language
Language and Culture
Political Economy of Poverty and Discrimination
ES 595A-D
Independent Study (for a total of 4 units)
United States and Mexico Border Issues
African-American History, 1620-1865
African-American History, 1865-Present
Chicano History
Modern Central America
Modern Latin America
Immigration and Ethnic American History
Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Asian Americans: Origin and Ethnicity
Black Social Stratification
Chicano Social Stratification
Indian Nations and Native America
Nonwestern World
Race and Racism
Roots of Modern Racism in America
Native North American Art
Native North American Art

African American Studies

Sixteen units chosen from:
ES 595A-D
Independent Study (for a total of 4 units)
African American Literature
African-American History, 1620-1865
African-American History, 1865-Present
African Heritage in the Arts
African American Music
Black Women and Feminism
Marriage and Family Among Blacks
Black Social Stratification
African-American Theatre and Drama
Ethnic Films and Film Makers (when the topic pertains to African American studies)

Asian Pacific American Studies

Sixteen units chosen from:
Asian American Cultures
ES 595A-D
Independent Study (for a total of 4 units)
Non-Western Philosophy
Asian Americans: Origin and Ethnicity
Ethnic Films and Film Makers (when the topic pertains for Asian American/Asian Pacific American)

Chicano(a)/Latino(a) Studies

Sixteen units chosen from:
Chicano Art
Latina/os, Media and Culture
Chicano Literature
ES 595AD
Independent Study (for a total of 4 units)
United States and Mexico Border Issues
Chicano History
The Origin and Contemporary Role of Latino Culture
Aspects of Chicana/o Culture
The Chicano Family
Chicano Social Stratification
Chicano Literature in Spanish
Ethnic Films and Film Makers (when the topic pertains to Chicano)
Chicana/o and U.S. Latina/o Theatre

Native American Studies

Sixteen units chosen from:
North American Prehistory
Aztecs, Maya and their Predecessors
Incas and their Predecessors
Indians of North America
Indians of the Southwest
Native North American Art
American Indian Literature
ES 595A-D
Independent Study (for a total of 4 units)
Indian Nations and Native America