Ethnic Studies Major

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at

Preparation for the Major

Lower Division Courses
ETHN 100DIntro to Ethnic Studies3
Select two of the following:6
ETHN 220DIntroduction To African-American Studies
ETHN 230DIntroduction To American Indian Studies
ETHN 240DIntroduction To Chicano/Latino Studies
ETHN 250DIntroduction To Asian American Studies
ETHN 294Special Topics in Ethnic Studies

Major Requirements

The major is interdisciplinary and requires 30 units of upper-division coursework. All students must:

  • take at least two courses from the Comparative Ethnic Studies core course area (360-369, or 460-469),
  • and at least two courses from different ethnic-specific core course areas not covered at the Lower-Division Level.
  • At least one 300-level course must be a “W” course, which should be completed at the beginning of upper division coursework,
  • and one course must be a “C” or community service learning course.
  • Coursework will culminate in the capstone course, ETHN 497WC, a community-based research seminar.

Additional courses generated each semester by the department may also be applicable.

The curriculum layout is as follows:

Core Course Areas
African American Studies
Select at least two of the following:6
ETHN 321CAfrican American Panethnicity
ETHN 322African American Civil Rights
ETHN 323African American Music and Culture
American Indian Studies
ETHN 331Gender in Native America3
ETHN 332American Indian Health and Spirituality3
Chicano/Latino Studies
ETHN 343Chicano/Latino Studies3
Asian American Studies
ETHN 355Asian American Social Movements3
Comparative Ethnic Studies
Select at least two of the following:6
ETHN 360Race, Religion and Social Justice
ETHN 361Immigration at US-Mexico Border: Ethnicity, Race & Gender
ETHN 362Ethnicity and Cinema
ETHN 363Race and U.S. Social Movements
ETHN 364Race, Class and Gender
ETHN 365U.S. Women Of Color Theory And Activism
ETHN 366Race and Performance
Capstone Course
ETHN 497WCSenior Thesis3