Ethnic Studies Overview

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at

The Ethnic Studies Major

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. We acknowledge that USD is built on Kumeyaay Indigenous homelands and are especially committed to engaging decolonizing methodologies. Our academic and community-based knowledge curriculum addresses the lives, labor, and cultures of communities of color through ethnic-specific and comparative lenses while inviting students to engage with power, equity, and social justice issues in applied ways. We aim to bridge academic and community knowledges in order to serve the needs of local, tribal, and trans/national communities. Our majors are well prepared for careers in law, education, business, social work, counseling, public health, politics, and graduate study in ethnic studies and related fields.