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Department of Ethnic Studies

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Ethnic Studies is to provide an academically rigorous program that substantively contributes to the University's public commitment to provide a multicultural learning experience. Our comparative and interdisciplinary program covers six core areas: American Indian Studies; Asian American Studies; Black Studies; Chicanx and Latinx Studies; Comparative Ethnic Studies (Available online only); and Genders and Sexualities in Communities of Color. In our courses, we teach students to analyze social relations of race, class, gender, and sexuality; develop nuanced understandings of social justice; and act as socially responsible global citizens.


Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor’s Fully-Online Degree Programs

The Department of Ethnic Studies also offers five minors:


Congratulations Dr. Enrique Salmon
for being honored as a CSU Latinx for Hispanic Heritage Month!


¡Si Se Puede!: Latinx Americans of the CSU Who Knew They Could


Award of Excellence in Botany
Congratulations Dr. Enrique Salmon!

Award of Excellence in Botany (including floras)
From the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries

Cover of Iwigara

Iwigara: American Indian ethnobotanical traditions and science
by Enrique Salmon. Timber Press, 2020. 248 p.
ISBN| 9781604698800



Congratulations Dr. Nicholas Baham!

Sue Schaefer Faculty Award

Dr. Baham received the Sue Schaefer Faculty Service Award



Congratulations Dr. Jocyl Sacramento!
PIAA Community Impact Award from Transfer APASS and PIAA

Dr. Sacramento received the PIAA Community Impact Award

This award recognizes a staff or faculty member who is positively impacting our community in ways that inspire integrity and engagement. This person works through a student-centered lens and continues to inspire our community beyond the classroom.

Advantages of an Ethnic Studies Degree


Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ethnic Studies acquire a competitive edge in today’s global job market. Employers in all sectors have come to recognize the value of hiring people trained to work effectively with diverse communities and cultures. Careers for Majors

Scholarships and Grants

Scholarship Opportunities Click here

Ethnic Studies Administrative Support Coordinator

Erika Diaz-Apodaca
Office: MI 4098


Department of Ethnic Studies
  • California State University, East Bay
  • 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
  • Meiklejohn Hall, MI 4098
  • Hayward, CA 94542