The ethnic studies program examines the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, culture and class throughout the history of the United States. We emphasize the experiences and perspectives of historically disenfranchised populations such as African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos and Native Americans.

We believe the Ethnic Studies Program will provide the following benefits:

  • Broadening your major fields of study.
  • Preparing you for interdisciplinary inquiries at the graduate level.
  • Enhancing your employment opportunities in law, education, business, medicine, government, communications, and social services, among other professions.

ETHN 011. Introduction to Ethnic Studies (4)

This course introduces you to the theories and practices of Ethnic Studies, with a focus on the racial formation in the United States and its impact on the experiences and social statuses of racialized groups, including but not limited to Blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, Asians/Pacific Islanders, and Whites. Our primary course contents include histories, critical race theories, media representations, and critical studies. While California serves as the major geographical location of racial formation in our study, the issues we explore are situated in national and global contexts. Through a critical examination of histories and contemporary issues regarding the social positions of racialized groups in the United States, we seek to understand "the irreducibility of race in U.S. political and cultural life" (Winant 33). At the same time, we will examine the forces and conditions for social change and cultural transformation. The contributions of historically marginalized "minority" Americans to the development of American democracy will be a major discussion and research topic.

ETHN 189. Service Learning Practicum (4)

As one of the capstone courses, the Service Learning Practicum offers you an opportunity to integrate and apply the skills, knowledge, and theories you have learned to community-based service learning projects related to your academic interests. You will work with a faculty supervisor who will provide guidance for your experiential learning. While a capstone course is strongly recommended, it is optional. Students can take an alternative course for completing a minor in Ethnic Studies. Prerequisite: Completion of ETHN 011 and another course in Ethnic Studies.

ETHN 191. Independent Study (2‚ 4)

Undergraduate independent study. A student taking this course will be working with a faculty member approved by the Director of Ethnic Studies.

ETHN 193. Special Topics (2‚ 4)

ETHN 197. Undergraduate Research (4)

This is one of the two capstone courses. It offers you an opportunity to integrate and apply the skills, knowledge and theories you have learned to a particular research project in a field of their academic interest. Each student will work with a faculty supervisor who has expertise in the student's research topic. While this course is strongly recommended, it is optional. You do not need to take this course for completing a minor in Ethnic Studies. Prerequisites: Overall GPA 2.5 or above, completion of ETHN 011 and another course in Ethnic Studies.

Additional Ethnic Studies Courses:

Anthropology (SIS)

  • ANTH 053. Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 054. Antropologia cultural (ANTH 053 in Spanish)
  • ANTH 112. Physical Anthropology


  • COMM133. Documentary Film as Persuasive Communication
  • COMM 143. Intercultural Communication


  • ECON 180. Labor Economics


  • EADM 204. Pluralism in American Education
  • EDUC 163. Teaching English Learners
  • EDUC 164/264: Introduction to Bilingual Education
  • EADM 130/230. Cultural Basis of Conflict in Education


  • ENGL 025. American Dream: Class and Desire in Film and Literature
  • ENGL 025. American Families
  • ENGL 025. Between Two Worlds: Exile in Contemporary Lit and Film
  • ENGL 025. Black Women Writers
  • ENGL 025. Gender, Race, and Representation in Film and Fiction
  • ENGL 025. Multi-Ethnic American Literature: Space, Body, and Identity
  • ENGL 025. Sports and Scandal
  • ENGL 126. Environment and Literature
  • ENGL 161. Topics in American Ethnic Literature

Ethnic Studies

  • ETHN 011. Introduction to Ethnic Studies
  • ETHN 189. Service Learning Practicum
  • ETHN 191. Independent Study
  • ETHN 193. Special Topic
  • ETHN 193. Special Topics on Issues of Race and Ethnicity
  • ETHN 197. Undergraduate Research


  • HIST 120. Native American History
  • HIST 121. Colonial America
  • HIST 124. History of the American West
  • HIST 130. History of California
  • HIST 132. History of American Immigration from 1800 to 1900s
  • HIST 134. African American History
  • HIST 137. "His-panic" USA (approval in process)
  • HIST 139. Borderlands: Life on the US-Mexico Border
  • HIST 167. Gender in the History of Science

Modern Languages and Literature

  • SPAN 124. Hispanic Writers in the U.S.


  • MHIS 008. History of Jazz

Political Science<

  • POLI 104. Urban Government
  • POLS 134. American Political Thought


  • PSYC 129. Developmental Psychology


  • SOCI 061. Urban Society and Policy
  • SOCI 093A. Environment and Society
  • SOCI 093B. Social Problems
  • SOCI 104. Sociology of Sport
  • SOCI 108. Food, Culture, and Society
  • SOCI 123. Sex and Gender
  • SOCI 133. Criminology
  • SOCI 141. Prejudice and Racism
  • SOCI 172. Social Inequality

Speech-Language Pathology, School of Pharmacy, and Health Sciences

  • SLPA 143. Multicultural Populations

Sport Sciences

  • SPTS 141. Sport in America

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Ethnic Studies Program

University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211