Major Requirements

What can you do with an Ethnic Studies Major?  ES majors can undertake a wide range of roles in our increasingly diverse society.  Helping to make workplaces more inclusive is just one way that ES majors contribute their field of study to the world beyond college.  When they pursue additional study, ES students typically go on to graduate programs in Ethnic Studies, Law, Public Health, Social Work, Counseling, Education, Creative Writing, American Studies, Women's and Gender studies, Film Studies, Public Administration, and Public Policy. Skill Building: Whatever you choose to do, the skills you develop as an ES major will help develop your ability to work effectively across communities and cultures, your diversity competence, and your communication and critical thinking skills. An area of study for the 21st Century: Several school districts in California have begun to require Ethnic Studies classes, recognizing the vital role this area of study will play in our increasingly diverse society. Come on board!

Ethnic Studies Symposium Spring 2022 

The educational goals of the Ethnic Studies Program for majors and minors include:

  • Exploring the cultural and social histories of African American, Latino, Native American and Asian American/ Pacific Islander ethnic groups.
  • Integrating Catholic social justice teaching, the Lasallian core values, and service based learning in service of these historically underrepresented groups.
  • Critically Examining United States racial and ethnic diversities and their interrelatedness to other international socio-historic systems.

Upon completion of the Ethnic Studies major, students will be able to:

  •  Describe the history and social theories relevant to a critical understanding of African American, Latino,                 Native American, and Asian American/Pacific Islander ethnic groups;
  •  Employ theoretical and analytical frameworks to understand an increasingly complex, multicultural and                 interdependent world;
  •  Identify the social, historical, economic, and religious factors that have affected and continue to affect                   ethnic groups in the U.S.;
  •  Exhibit critical thinking about issues of social injustice and the common good, and strategies for working               towards social justice.


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