Ethnic Studies

The Ethnic Studies program is interdisciplinary in scope and focuses on the history, literature, and cultures of Africa Americans, Asian Americans, Chicanas (os)/Latinas(os), Middle Eastern Americans, and Native Americans. Courses also explore the relations of these culture to each other and to the dominant American culture in order to foster understanding about such topics as ethnicity, race, gender, sexualtiy/sexual orientation, class, and religion. Other groups that have been isolated in a similar manner from the dominant culture in the United States may be included in the program as well.

Full-time Faculty

Claire Cesareo View profile information for Claire Cesareo website
Office BGS 305
(949) 582-4739

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of an AA degree in Ethnic Studies, students will be able to:

  • Describe the ethnic and cultural landscape the United States.
  • Articulate the historical, social, and cultural contexts of specific racial and ethnic groups within the United States.
  • Describe the processes of racialization and social differentiation in historical and geographical context.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the various factors that play a role in the formation of cultural identity.
  • Compare representations of borderlands, hybridity, migration, and diaspora from different cultures.
  • Critically analyze power and inequality in a multiethnic and multicultural context.
  • Analyze the major factors that influence cross-cultural understandings and interactions between ethnic and racial groups in the United States.


Core Courses

  • ES 1 Multicultural Experiences in the United States (3 units)
  • ES 2 Multicultural Identities in the United States (3 units)
  • ES 3 Introduction to Chicana/o and Latina/o Cultures (3 units)
  • ES 10 Margins and Borders (3 units)