Students are required to take a course in Ethnic Studies as part of the CSU General Education-Breadth (Area F) if they are intending to earn a baccalaureate degree from a CSU and are an incoming freshman to a California Community College or CSU starting fall 2021, or if they have had a break in their academic career and are reregistering to a college fall 2021 or later. Students starting at Las Positas College this fall are required to complete an Ethnic Studies course at Las Positas College if they wish to earn an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) using the CSU General Education-Breadth pattern or they are seeking certification of the CSU General Education-Breadth pattern before transferring, otherwise they can complete the course after transferring to a CSU. Students that maintain catalog rights prior to fall 2021 will not be required to take a course in Ethnic Studies to complete CSU General Education-Breadth, including after transferring to a CSU. Currently our ETHS 6 Introduction to Race and Ethnicity (cross-listed with SOC 3) is the only course at Las Positas College approved to meet the Area F Ethnic Studies requirement. The CSU system has a FAQ page for California Community College students that answers many common questions students might have about the new Area F Ethnic Studies CSU General Education-Breadth requirement.
Ethnic Studies is the interdisciplinary study of the unique experiences and histories of major American racial ethnic groups. Rooted in social justice and anti-racist tradition, Ethnic Studies critically analyzes the current issues facing communities of color and the intersection of racial ethnic identities with other forms of social identity such as class, sexuality, religion, indigeneity, and immigration status.
Ethnic Studies Courses
ETHS 6 - Introduction to Race and Ethnicity
Effective: Fall 2021
Racial and ethnic relations in the United States. Examines the cultural, political, and economic practices and institutions that support or challenge racism, racial and ethnic inequalities, as well as patterns of interaction between various racial and ethnic groups. Students who have completed, or are enrolled in, SOC 3 may not receive credit. Strongly Recommended: SOC 1 with a minimum grade of C. 54 hours lecture. AA/AS GE: IV, AC. Transfer: CSU, UC; CSU GE: D0, D3; IGETC: 4J; C-ID# SOCI 150.
- Degree Applicable, Credit
- Grading Option: OP