ETHS Advising FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


How can I declare a major or minor in Ethnic Studies?

There are two ways you can submit:
   -Submit online through your student center. Tutorial here
   -If you can’t find your desired major/minor or are having technical issues, email and request an advisor submit paperwork for you to          registrar. Please include your SID and requested program.

How can I withdraw from a course from a current semester? 

Dropping Courses between 1-3 weeks of instruction (Withdrawal not needed) 
1. Use self-service registration portal in your Student Center before the end of the third week of instruction. Tutorial here
          2. Dropped courses will no longer appear on your transcript. 

Request Withdrawing from a course (weeks 4- 12 of instruction) 
Such withdrawals require approval from the instructor and the chairperson of the department offering the class.  If your request is approved, you will receive a W on your transcript for the class, indicating that you attempted the class but withdrew before completing it for a letter grade. W grades are not included in your GPA. 

Undergraduates may withdraw from a maximum of 18 units throughout their entire SF State undergraduate career (see Grading Policy).  Be aware that withdrawing from one or more classes may negatively affect your financial aid (your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and your financial aid eligibility).

To request to withdraw, you will need to:

  1. Complete the online request to withdraw in your Student Center to withdraw from one or more classes. (See “Request to Withdraw.”)  Undergraduates who have reached the maximum unit limit to withdraw will not be able to submit a request.
  2. Provide a serious and compelling reason in the online request form.
  3. Your request will be routed to the appropriate approvers.  You can check the status by returning to your request in the Student Center.  You will also receive an email notification with the final decision.
  4. Continue participating in the class until your request is approved.
  5. If your request is approved, you will receive a W on your transcript.  
  6. If your request to withdraw is not approved, you must initiate the Incomplete process, if applicable, or complete the class(es). If you cease attending class, you may be assigned a WU or F (a WU is treated as an F for GPA calculation).


Are There Drop in Hours? 

Yes! Join the ESAC Zoom link to meet with an advisor during available drop in hours. You will be placed in a waiting room along with anyone else waiting to see an advisor. Folks will be brought into drop in advising sessions one by one on a first come first served basis. If your questions require more time, we can always schedule a follow up appointment. If you do not want to wait, you can also schedule an appointment. 

How do I know what General Education I need?

Your degree progress report has the most accurate information that advisors also check.

            -Log into your student center
            -Under academics; find the drop down menu and select “degree progress report”
            -After selecting that, hit the blue button and wait for the report to load.
            -GEs that need to be complete will be marked with RED boxes. 

How can I find out what I need for my major/minor? 

Your DPR can also now show you what you need for your major and minor in the College of Ethnic Studies. The DPR does not replace advising, but it can be helpful if you have a quick question on what you might need while you wait to meet with someone. Make an appointment with an Advisor, faculty advisor, or department chair if you would like transferred units or courses outside of the bulleton considered for your major.

Where can I find planning sheets for my Major/Minor in Ethnic Studies? 

Students can find planning sheets in our resource page 

I need to submit paperwork to be signed!  

Paperwork Action Notes
Graduation applications for SP20/SU20 Email to SEC/advisor Advisor will forward to registrar after completions
Waiver of College Regulations Email to SEC/advisor Advisor will walk you through required signitures as needed
Course/term (Retroactive)Withdrawl forms Email to instructor After you receive instructor signiture, forward to chair and then to SEC email. 
Double major paperwork Email to SEC/Advisor SEC advisors can fill relevant information and sign off on GE requirements. 

What if I need a laptop or Internet Access For Remote Learning? 

In keeping with guidance from the California State University, effective March 31, the Library Research Commons and first floor lobby will be closed until further notice.

Students may request a loaner laptop from the Library by contacting or (415) 338-1420. When emailing, include "Library Loaner Laptop" in the subject line; and when calling, ask for a Library Loaner Laptop.

Library staff will respond to arrange the loan and have the laptop shipped. Both PCs and Macs are available. The Library provides a base install of software MS Office, web browsers, graphic software, and the laptop will work with Zoom video conferencing software. Some specialized software may not be available. The Library staff can answer any questions about the laptop and software. Find more details online in the Instructional Continuity — Student Quickquide.

The Library website also includes a directory of internet service providers pledging to Keep America Connected by waiving late fees, opening Wi-Fi hot spots, and not dropping service when users miss payments. In addition, the city of San Francisco offers free Wi-Fi service in selected areas. See the listing of free Wi-Fi available in the city.

What are some resources I can still access as a student? 

The University has compliled a Basic Needs Resources page for students 

Where can I find Department Chair information -Fall 2020

Department Chair Email
American Indian Studies Dr. Joanne Barker
Africana Studies Dr. Abul Pitre
Asian American Studies Dr. Mai-Nhung Le
Latina/Latino Studies Dr. Katynka Martinez
Race and Resistance Studies Dr. Falu Bakriana

Where can I find more information on SFSU/COVID related shutdown?

You can click here for more information regarding University changes on academics and advising