Ethnic Studies

Students must complete a three-unit ethnic studies course. Ethnic studies courses are identified throughout the catalog with an ES designation. Ethnic studies courses focus on the interdisciplinary and comparative study of ethnicity, race, and racialization. Courses meeting this requirement place strong emphasis on groups whose socio-historical experience of land and labor were critical to the building of the United States: African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicanos/Latinos, and Native Americans. An analysis of empire, migrations, nation-building, power, and the intersections of class, culture, gender, race, and sexuality are critical components in these courses.

Ethnic Studies courses may also satisfy General Education, American Institutions, major preparation, or major requirements where applicable. Review the General Catalog or contact an adviser for details about the SDSU courses that satisfy this requirement.