Graduate Certificate in Ethnic Studies

Graduate Certificate in Ethnic Studies


Ethnic Studies graduate certificate curriculum


Four-course certificate curriculum
Cost: $4,740


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Teacher Training in Ethnic Studies


Teachers currently employed with a school district may be eligible for a special course rate. Find out more about how to qualify for the special rate.




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Ethnic Studies certificate student on his laptop, with a friend nearby


Latina Ethnic Studies student on the SF State campus



About the Graduate Certificate




The Graduate Certificate in Ethnic Studies provides post-baccalaureate training on inequality, activism and self-determination relevant to communities of color and indigenous peoples to empower professionals in social services, urban planning, public health, education, law enforcement and related fields to better serve racially marginalized populations.


The program provides instruction in the following courses:

  • Theories and Issues in Ethnic Studies
  • Ethnic Studies Community Practicum
  • And any two upper division undergraduate or graduate level courses from the College of Ethnic Studies, including courses in the areas of: Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Latina/Latino Studies and Race and Resistance Studies

As a student in the program you will:

  • Learn to identify, analyze and critically review American history and contemporary issues through the experiences of people of color.
  • Focus on the theory/practice of resistance and social movements.
  • Receive hands-on experience using community studies philosophies, strategies and methods.


The College of Extended Learning offers this certificate in partnership with the College of Ethnic Studies.

College of Ethnic Studies

The College of Ethnic Studies was established in fall 1969 through the efforts of dedicated students, faculty and community members.

The five departments — Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Latina/Latino Studies and Race & Resistance Studies — offer over 175 courses each semester to meet the needs of 6,000 students. The curriculum helps students to complete their general education; pursue a personal interest in ethnic studies; teach subjects in elementary, secondary, community and college level institutions; or critically inform their professional and vocational skills in areas such as business, social welfare, law and medicine.

The ethnic studies field is unique as an educational experience that redefines the lives of people of color from their own perspectives. This is implemented through the cooperative efforts of students, faculty and members of the community invested in meaningful education who provide resources and curricula to the university and the community at large.

The curriculum fosters a comprehensive understanding of the unique experiences of African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans and Latinas/Latinos in the United States, as well as an intersectional analysis amongst the different communities.