The College of Ethnic Studies was established in Fall 1969 through the efforts of a number of dedicated students, faculty and community members. The four departments -Asian American Studies, Africana Studies, Raza Studies, and American Indian Studies- offer over 175 courses each semester to meet the needs of 6000 students. Our curriculum assists students complete their general education, pursue a personal interest in ethnic studies, teach Ethnic Studies subjects in elementary, secondary, community and college level institutions: or combine this with professional and vocational skills such as business, social welfare, law, and medicine.
The Ethnic Studies field is unique as an educational experience that redefines the lives of people of color from their own perspectives. This is implemented through the efforts of students, faculty and members of the community who hold that meaningful education is a result of their cooperative efforts to provide resources and curricula to the university and the community at large.
To this end, our curriculum is designed to foster both a comprehensive understanding of the unique experieneces of American Indians, Asian Americans, Blacks, and Latinos in the United States and comparative analysis between them.
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