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Ethnic Studies

ethnic studies Overview

As an Ethnic Studies student at San José City College, you have the opportunity to engage with dynamic interdisciplinary courses that will equip you with the tools to think critically about, and actively contribute to, our diverse and ever-evolving society. Our program fosters a deep understanding of the histories, experiences, and contributions of various ethnic groups, empowering you to be a catalyst for positive change and social justice.

The Ethnic Studies Department at SJCC features courses in African American studies, Chicano/Mexican American studies & Vietnamese American studies. Through examination of socio-historical experiences of people of color you will develop an awareness of social justice that will give you a strong foundation for majoring in Ethnic Studies or social sciences and fulfill a general education graduation requirement.

Department Contacts

  • Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts Division
  • (408) 288-3785

Ethnic Studies students have followed many career paths that include:

  • Education
  • Law
  • Social Work
  • Immigrant Rights
  • Administration of Justice
  • Civil Rights
  • Community Organizing and more!

Ethnic Studies Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critically analyze the socio-historical origins, processes and consequences of dominance and subordination in regards to race, ethnicity, class, gender, power, and social stratification.

  • Compare the socio-historical evolution of major Ethnic groups in American society  and test various theoretical models.

  • Assess the racial history of America and relevant sociological terminology critical to that assessment.