Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Ethnic Studies


Earn a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Ethnic Studies by completing 12 units of coursework.

SF State is home to the first College of Ethnic Studies in the world. By enrolling in the Ethnic Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program you can gain the historical background and critical skills necessary to engage in the process of making your workplace more equitable and anti-racist. Coursework and a culminating experience project will provide a foundation in understanding the contemporary realities of communities of color, the origins of inequality, the struggles for equity, and solidify a commitment to social justice that you can take to your professional field.


ETHS 710 Theories and Issues in Ethnic Studies 3
ETHS 750 Ethnic Studies Community Practicum 3
Select two from the following: 6
Any one course from AAS that is upper division or graduate level
Any one course from AFRS that is upper division or graduate level
Any one course from AIS that is upper division or graduate level
Any one course from LTNS that is upper division or graduate level
Any one course from RRS that is upper division or graduate level
Any one course from ETHS that is upper division or graduate level

Take one core course, two additional courses of your choosing, and enroll in a culminating experience to earn your certificate. Your newly earned specialty may enhance your professional career in education, public health, social work, nursing, non-profit management, and business.

Application Guidelines

All applicants must submit the following materials:

  • One letter of recommendation
  • A two-page personal statement which outlines the applicant's interests in Ethnic Studies
  • Transcripts from all previous colleges attended
  • Resume or curriculum vitae

Matriculated graduate students may apply to the certificate program by sending the above application materials directly to the College of Ethnic Studies at Current SF State students accepted into the certificate program should consult with their advisor immediately to find out how best to sequence their coursework to satisfy both home department requirements and certificate requirements.

Applicants who are not currently matriculated in any SF State graduate degree must apply via Cal State Apply and be admitted to the University and the graduate certificate program.

Acceptance into the program is with the approval of the certificate program coordinator and consent of the admissions committee following the review of the application materials listed above.

Application Deadlines

Application deadline for Fall admission is April 1

Application deadline for Spring admission is November 1

About Fall 2021

ETHS 710 and ETHS 750 will be offered online. All other graduate courses and most upper division undergraduate courses will be offered online. The full schedule will be available on May 10 and posted at

Tuition and Fees

Information is available on the Division of Graduate Studies website (please see "Master's Degree, Second Baccalaureate" column).

See the SFSU Bulletin for more details.