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.  Students participating in the Online Degree Ethnic Studies Degree Program may choose from any of our areas of concentration:

  1. American Indian Studies
  2. Asian American Studies
  3. Black Studies
  4. Chicanx/Latinx Studies
  5. Comparative Ethnic Studies
  6. 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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Once you are admitted to CSUEB, you simply declare your major as "Online Ethnic Studies." There is no separate admissions process to the major. We welcome all students!
You may apply online at Cal State Apply. Click on “undergraduate admissions application.” If you have any questions about the application process, please call Planning and Enrollment Management at (510) 885-2784.

All Ethnic Studies majors, including online majors, will be assigned a faculty advisor. If you don't know who your advisor is, contact the Ethnic Studies Admin at

You can direct all your GE questions to the CLASS Student Services Center They will connect you with your advisor.
We will accept some Ethnic Studies courses from other colleges and universities. Please discuss this issue with your faculty advisor.
Please contact the department office at or the department chair Dr. Nicholas Baham via email if you encounter difficulties. We are committed to making your experience positive and rewarding!

SCAA (Student Center for Academic Services) offers online tutoring.

Tips for Success in Online Courses

  1. Be willing to learn how to navigate Canvas, the online learning platform.
  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 Canvas 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.