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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:


Passing of a former student of CSUEB

In memory of Kahlil Gay

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On Friday February 26th, 2021, former student and activist Kahlil Gay passed.
Kahlil recently graduated from Cal State East Bay.
He wasn't only a beautiful soul but a powerful activist!
Kahlil will be truly missed!

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