Welcome to the College of Ethnic Studies

Established in Fall 1969, the College of Ethnic Studies grew from the 1968 Black Student Union/Third World Liberation Front Student Strike through the a coalition of faculty-scholars, student-activists and community members. The college consists of five departments: Asian American Studies, Africana Studies, Latina/Latino Studies, American Indian Studies and Race and Resistance Studies.

We pride ourselves on offering transformative degrees and programs that resonate with students’ present-day issues.

The College is founded on these principles of community-based research and teaching, student leadership, and activism. The College continues to be guided by these values in its journey towards liberation via self-determination and collectivism.  Our community is transnational, multi-generational and fluid, and is inclusive of emerging racial, ethnic, sexuality, gender, class, ability and other identities as expressed through myriad academic disciplines in liberation studies and beyond. 

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Studies show that taking courses in the College of Ethnic Studies raises graduation and retention rates, both for students who are majors/minors as well as for those from other disciplines who take the college’s classes.

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Donations also allow our departments to host public lectures and forums to create a larger education platform that amplifies national, international perspectives to enabling student success.  

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The college works to make education affordable by offering funding and scholarship opportunities, in addition to the need-based financial aid offered by the University.

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REJ Project

The Race, Empowerment, and Justice (REJ) Project at San Francisco State University supports faculty development in the College of Ethnic Studies in teaching, research, and creative projects.