Department of Ethnic Studies

The Department of Ethnic Studies is a vibrant, interdisciplinary program that examines the historical, cultural, and social dynamics of race and ethnicity in the United States using comparative, intersectional, transnational, and decolonizing methods.

The Ethnic Studies curriculum offers an innovative, transformative program that addresses the lives, labor, and cultures of communities of color through ethnic-specific and comparative lenses. Our students actively explore issues of equity, power, and social justice in and out of the classroom through our unique partnerships with local and grassroots organizations throughout San Diego. We acknowledge that USD is built on Kumeyaay Indigenous homelands and are especially committed to engaging decolonizing methodologies and practices. Through our community-centered research, teaching, and curriculum, Ethnic Studies faculty and students bridge academic and community knowledges in order to address the needs of local and tribal communities.

Why Choose Ethnic Studies at USD?

Diverse Curriculum and Student Opportunities

Students are encouraged to forge their own course of study based on their passions and experiences, which empowers students to be independent, critical thinkers.

Community Outreach

Students are exposed to local, regional and global communities thereby expanding their knowledge of cultures, so they can become ethical/ empathetic leaders.

Engaged Faculty

Faculty are invested in the success of the department and each student - taking pride in collective successes - so students find mentors, advocates and friends in the ES faculty. This helps with letters of recommendation, advising and professional aspirations.

Practical Experience

Faculty are actively engaged in their own research projects, and students are able to work on these efforts alongside their faculty mentors.

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