Metro Academy of Ethnic Studies

An environment of support. Learning in a small, supportive community of students and faculty can help you thrive throughout your first two years. Metro’s goal is to help you graduate in a timely manner and gain the skills you need to succeed in college and find a meaningful career.

Students take two courses each semester that share themes such as social justice, education equity, community health, or ethnic studies. Metro courses satisfy general education requirements for all majors at SF State, so you can go on to complete your bachelor’s degree in any major.

Courses Offered



  • Introduction to Ethnic Studies: History, objectives, and philosophy of Ethnic Studies. This course fulfills GE area D1 and SF State areas AERM, GP, and SJ)
  • Critical Thinking and the Ethnic Studies Experience: Basic skills involved in understanding, criticizing, and constructing arguments by using materials reflective of experiences of ethnic/racial groups in the U.S. This course fulfills GE area A3 and SF State area AERM

RRS 240 

All Power to the People: Comparative Freedom Movements of the "Sixties"Introduction to the history and comparative survey of the African American, Chicana/o, Native American, and Asian American protest and liberation movements of the "Long Sixties" (1945-1975). This course fulfills GE area D2 and SF State areas AERM and SJ

RRS 250 

Race, Ethnicity and Power in America: Critical examination of political concepts, processes and constructions of power that center race and ethnicity within a comparative analysis of American ideals, institutions and laws. Includes a study of constitutional issues and state and local governmental processes. This course fulfills GE Area D3 and SF State areas AERM and SJ


Metro College Success Program

  • Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Email:
  • Phone: (415) 338-3034
  • Location: HSS Building, Room 301

Ethnic Studies Coordinator: Mark Bautista, Ph.D.