Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Ethnic Studies

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.

Certificate Overview

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.

Certificate Courses
Course Name Field of Study Units
ETHS 710 Theories and Issues in Ethnic Studies 3
ETHS 750 Ethnic Studies Community Practicum 3
Select two from the following
  • 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

(note: upper division courses are those numbered 300 and above)

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Application materials include:

  • Statement of purpose that describes your background in Ethnic Studies and identifies the community-based agency, school, or organization where you will be completing the Community Practicum
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts

Applicants who are already enrolled in an SF State graduate program can apply to the certificate program by sending application materials directly to the College of Ethnic Studies at ethnicst@sfsu.edu. Statement of purpose must include your SFSU ID, name of your graduate program, and name of your advisor in the graduate program. 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.

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 deadline for Fall admission: February 1

Application deadline for Spring admission: November 1

Application materials include:

  • Statement of purpose that describes your background in Ethnic Studies and identifies the community-based agency, school, or organization where you will be completing the Community Practicum
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts

Applicants who hold a Bachelor's degree and expect to be full-time students applying for financial aid must apply via Cal State Apply.

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 deadline for Fall admission: February 1

Application deadline for Spring admission: November 1

Application materials include:

  • Statement of purpose that describes your background in Ethnic Studies and identifies the community-based agency, school, or organization where you will be completing the Community Practicum
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts

Applicants who hold a Bachelor's degree and do not expect to be full-time students and/or do not expect to apply for financial aid may apply through the College of Professional and Global Education.

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 materials include:

  • Statement of purpose that describes your background in Ethnic Studies and identifies the community-based agency, school, or organization where you will be completing the Community Practicum
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts

Applicants who are K-12 teachers may apply through the College of Professional and Global Education by following the steps outlined at this link: https://cel.sfsu.edu/ethnic-certificate/teacher-training

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 deadline for Fall admission: February 1

Application deadline for Spring admission: November 1

K-12 Teachers are eligible for College of Professional and Global Education scholarships. More information is available at Ethnic Studies Certificate Teacher Training.

Information on tuition and fees for currently matriculated SF State students is available on the Division of Graduate Studies website (please see "Master's Degree, Second Baccalaureate" column).

Information on tuition and fees for students who hold a Bachelor's degree and expect to be full-time students is available on the Division of Graduate Studies website (please see "Master's Degree, Second Baccalaureate" column).

Information on tuition and fees for all other students is available at the College of Professional and Global Education (click on "Dates and Costs" tab).