Aug 24, 2019  
2018-19 CATALOG 

Ethnic Studies Minor

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Ethnic Studies


Social and Behavioral Sciences Building, Fourth Floor


(760) 750-4154

Program Coordinators:

Jule Gómez de García, Ph.D.
Michelle A. Holling, Ph. D.
Laurette McGuire, Ph.D. (contact person)
Dreama Moon, Ph.D.

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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 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 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.

Recommended Course of Study

In the minor, coursework is arranged in five (5) areas: Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies, Historical Approaches, Identity and Culture, Power and Social Justice, and Voices. The first two areas represent foundations, and these courses should be taken first. The next three areas are explorations, and these courses may be taken in any order.


Information and advising will be provided by the Coordinator for the Minor in Ethnic Studies. Interested students should meet with the Coordinator 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 the Coordinator.

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).

Requirements for a Minor in Ethnic Studies

Completion of twenty-one (21) units of credit, eighteen (18) of which must be at the upper-division level. Students must take at least three (3) units in each of the five areas indicated below.

Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies (3 Units)

Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies is an introduction to the struggles of racial and ethnic groups, their relationships to each other, and to the organization of society. This course includes issues such as immigration, slavery, confinement, institutional inequality, and resistance. Interdisciplinary approaches and examination of critical race/ethnic theory provide a foundation for the minor.

Select one course:

Identity and Culture (3 Units)

Identity and Culture is a comparative examination of the process of formation of racial/ethnic groups and their practices. Analysis is approached through various mediums of culture, such as human geography, language and communication patterns, gender and belief systems.

Select one course:

Two (2) elective courses: (6 Units)

Selected from any of the five categories. A course may also be petitioned through the Coordinator for acceptance, providing at least half the course is devoted to studies of race/ethnicity.

Total (21 Units)

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