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Major Requirements

To receive a B.A. degree with a major in Ethnic Studies, students must meet the following requirements:

Lower-Division Requirements

Complete two lower-division courses from the Ethnic Studies 1-2-3 sequence. Ethnic Studies 1-2-3, Introduction to Ethnic Studies, is an intensive introduction to issues of race and power in the United States and globally. It consists of the following three courses:

  • ETHN 1. Land and Labor
  • ETHN 2. Circulations of Difference 
  • ETHN 3. Making Culture

Foundation Core Sequence

Complete ETHN 100 ABC, a three-part sequence on theories, methodologies, and praxis. The ETHN 100 sequence consists of the following courses:

  • ETHN 100A. Theoretical Approaches— an advanced survey of key issues, themes, and debates in the field of critical ethnic studies. ETHN 100A is only offered in the Fall Quarter of each academic year.
  • ETHN 100B. Interdisciplinary Methodologies— an introduction to interdisciplinary research methodologies in critical ethnic studies. ETHN 100B is only offered in the Winter Quarter of each academic year.
  • ETHN 100C. Social Justice Praxis— A capstone experience for Ethnic Studies majors, this course combines an advanced exploration of praxis-based approaches to social justice with independent campus, community, creative, or research practicum-based projects. ETHN 100C is only offered in the Spring Quarter of each academic year.

The foundation core sequence should be taken in order; however, the three courses need not be taken in the same academic year.

Upper-Division Electives

Complete ten upper-division Ethnic Studies electives from those listed below. Please see current schedule for quarterly course offerings.

Course List

  • ETHN 101. Ethnic Images in Film
  • ETHN 102. Science and Technology in Society: Race/Gender/Class
  • ETHN 103. Environmental Racism
  • ETHN 104. Race, Space, and Segregation
  • ETHN 105. Ethnic Diversity and the City
  • ETHN 106. Life, Death, and the Human
  • ETHN 107. Fieldwork in Racial and Ethnic Communities
  • ETHN 108. Race, Culture, and Social Change
  • ETHN 109. Race and Social Movements
  • ETHN 110. Cultural Worldviews of Indigenous America
  • ETHN 111. Native American Literature
  • ETHN 112A. History of Native Americans in the United States I
  • ETHN 112B. History of Native Americans in the United States II
  • ETHN 113. Decolonizing Education
  • ETHN 114A. Representing Native America
  • ETHN 114B. Representing Native America - Exhibition Design
  • ETHN 115. Monsters, Orphans, and Robots
  • ETHN 116. The United States-Mexico Border in Comparative Perspective
  • ETHN 117. Organic Social Movements
  • ETHN 118. Contemporary Immigration Issues
  • ETHN 119. Race in the Americas
  • ETHN 120. Race and Performance: The Politics of Popular Culture
  • ETHN 121. Contemporary Asian American History
  • ETHN 122. Asian American Culture and Identity
  • ETHN 123. Asian American Politics
  • ETHN 124. Asian American Literature
  • ETHN 125. Asian American History
  • ETHN 126. Comparative Filipino- and Vietnamese-American Identities and Communities
  • ETHN 127. Sexuality and Nation
  • ETHN 128. Hip Hop: The Politics of Culture
  • ETHN 129. Asian and Latina Immigrant Workers in the Global Economy
  • ETHN 130. Social and Economic History of the Southwest I
  • ETHN 131. Social and Economic History of the Southwest II
  • ETHN 132. Chicano Dramatic Literature
  • ETHN 133. Hispanic American Dramatic Literature
  • ETHN 134. Immigration and Ethnicity in Modern American Society
  • ETHN 135A. Early Latino/a-Chicano/a Cultural Production: 1848 to 1960
  • ETHN 135B. Contemporary Latino/a-Chicano/a Cultural Production: 1960 to Present
  • ETHN 136. The Science and Critical Analysis of Environmental Justice
  • ETHN 137. Latina Issues and Cultural Production
  • ETHN 139. Chicano Literature in English
  • ETHN 140. Comparative Refugee Communities from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia
  • ETHN 141. Gandhi in the Modern World: From Civil Rights to the Arab Spring
  • ETHN 142. Medicine, Race, and the Global Politics of Inequality
  • ETHN 143. Chicana/o Film and Media Studies
  • ETHN 146A. Theatrical Ensemble
  • ETHN 147. Black Feminisms, Past and Present
  • ETHN 149. African American History in the Twentieth Century
  • ETHN 150. Visuality, Sexuality and Race
  • ETHN 151. Ethnic Politics in America
  • ETHN 152. Law and Civil Rights
  • ETHN 153. Citizenship and Civil Rights in the Twentieth Century
  • ETHN 154. History of Mexican America
  • ETHN 155. US Militarism
  • ETHN 155GS. Critical Perspectives on the Vietnam War
  • ETHN 157. Madness and Urbanization
  • ETHN 158. Native American Intellectuals in the 20th Century
  • ETHN 159. Topics in African American History
  • ETHN 160. Global Indigenous Studies
  • ETHN 161. Black Politics and Protest Since 1941
  • ETHN 162. Practicum in California Tribal Law and Journalism
  • ETHN 163E. Decolonial Theory
  • ETHN 163F. Playing Indian: Native American and First Nations Cinema
  • ETHN 163G. Indigenous Theatre and Performance
  • ETHN 163I. Asian American Histography
  • ETHN 164. African Americans and the Mass Media
  • ETHN 165. Sex and Gender in African American Communities
  • ETHN 166. Arab/Muslim American Identity and Culture
  • ETHN 168. Comparative Ethnic Literature
  • ETHN 169. Origins of the Atlantic World, c. 1450–1650
  • ETHN 170. Slavery and the Atlantic World
  • ETHN 172. Afro-American Prose
  • ETHN 173GS. Gender, Sexuality and War
  • ETHN 174. Themes in Afro-American Literature
  • ETHN 175. Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
  • ETHN 177. Listening to the World
  • ETHN 178. Blues: An Oral Tradition
  • ETHN 179. Discover Jazz  
  • ETHN 179A. Jazz Roots and Early Development (1900–1943)
  • ETHN 179B. Jazz Since 1946: Freedom and Form
  • ETHN 180. Topics in Mexican American History
  • ETHN 182. Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • ETHN 183. Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Class
  • ETHN 184. Black Intellectuals in the Twentieth Century
  • ETHN 185. Discourse, Power, and Inequality
  • ETHN 187. Latina/o Sexualities
  • ETHN 188. African Americans, Religion, and the City
  • ETHN 189. Special Topics in Ethnic Studies

Special Studies*

  • ETHN 197. Field Work in Racial and Ethnic Communities
  • ETHN 198. Directed Group Studies
  • ETHN 199. Supervised Independent Study and Research
*Only a total of two special studies courses will be counted in fulfillment of the elective requirement.

For more information:

If you would like to declare an Ethnic Studies major or minor, please follow the steps on Tritonlink: under "Advising & Grades" click on "Major and Minor".

For more information and degree planning, please contact: ethnicstudies@ucsd.edu.