Online Major

The Online Ethnic Studies Degree Program is identical to the existing Ethnic Studies Program, with the exception that the degree is attained entirely online and students choose from two instead of five primary options. Students participating in the Online Degree Ethnic Studies Degree Program may choose from two primary options: 1. Asian American Studies and 2. Genders and Sexualities in Communities of Color.

The Online Ethnic Studies Degree Program guarantees that all of the courses you need to complete your major will be available within a two-year time frame (for transfer students).

Please note that in addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University requirements for graduation described in the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements chapter in the front of the University catalog. These include the General Education-Breadth requirements; the second composition (ENGL 1002) requirement; the cultural groups/women requirement; the performing arts/activities requirement; the U.S. history, U.S. Constitution, and California state and local government requirement; the University Writing Skills Requirement; and the residence, unit, and grade point average requirements. We cannot guarantee that these courses will be available online, although many of them are.


How do I sign up?

Once you are admitted to CSUEB, you simply declare your major as "Ethnic Studies." There is no separate admissions process to the major. We welcome all students! Once you are admitted to the University and have declared your major, contact the Ethnic Studies department for advising.

How do I apply to California State University, East Bay (CSUEB)?

You may apply online at Click on “undergraduate admissions application.” If you have any questions about the application process, please call Planning and Enrollment Management at 510-885-2784.

Why are only two options available online?

At the present time we teach most (although not all) of our courses in Genders and Sexualities in Communities of Color and Asian American Studies in an online format. We do not teach enough online courses in Latino/a Studies, African American Studies, or American Indian Studies to allow you to complete the required 20 units for a primary option.

May I choose any option as my secondary option?

Yes, you may choose any of the five options as your secondary option.

How do I get advising for the major?

Dr. Enrique Salmon ( is doing all of the advising for online majors. Advising for the online major will be done via email, phone, or virtual chat. Your Ethnic Studies advisor can answer your questions about Ethnic Studies courses, major requirements, and graduate school.

Where do I ask questions about GE and other graduation requirements unrelated to the major?

Contact Tuyen Nguyen of AACE. Her email is and her phone is 510.509.9086.

If I am an online major, can I take classes in a face-to-face format once in a while?

Yes, no problem! Just register for the class and attend!

Can I transfer courses from my local community college?

We will accept some Ethnic Studies courses from other colleges and universities. Please discuss this issue with your advisor.

What if my advisor or professors don’t return my emails?

Please contact the department chair or the department office (510.885.3255) if you encounter difficulties. We are committed to making your experience positive and rewarding!

What other services are available to online students?

SCAA (Student Center for Academic Services) offers online tutoring. Contact June Mertens-Barber for more information. Her phone is 510.885.4511 and her email is

Tips for Success in Online Courses

  1. Be willing to learn how to navigate Blackboard, the online learning platform. Contact the learning commons (510.8854152) if you have questions or problems related to blackboard, myCSUEB, horizon email, or the campus wireless network. You can also get help from the service desk by sending an email to 
  2. Have access to an adequate computer, high speed internet access, and a newer version of Microsoft Word (available at bookstore for a student discount price!) 
  3. Be self-disciplined and self-directed. Study the syllabus. The syllabus is a contract between you and the professor. Set up a calendar so you can write down all your assignment due dates. 
  4. Check blackboard regularly, usually at least twice per week, although some professors will expect you to check even more often.
  5. Ask for help as soon as you encounter a problem! In addition to asking for help from your professor, you can also contact other students through blackboard.
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