ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF ETHNIC STUDIES
The College of Ethnic Studies (COES) was established in Fall 1969 and was the first program of its kind in the United States. Many of the founders of the college played pivotal roles in the 1968 campus-wide protests and strike, in which courageous students, faculty, and community members demanded that institutionalized inequities at the University be reversed and addressed.
Today, the college plays a major role in the education of undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in its Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Latina/Latino Studies, and Race and Resistance Studies departments. The college also offers minors in Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas, Critical Pacific Island and Oceana Studies, Queer Ethnic Studies, Critical Mixed Race Studies, and serves students from other disciplines through its many courses which fulfill general education requirements. The college offers over 350 courses a year, serving 6000 students.
Studies show that taking courses in the College of Ethnic Studies raises graduation and retention rates, both for students who are majors/minors as well as for those from other disciplines who take the college’s classes.
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.
Our graduates are educated to think critically, communicate their views, and have compassion for themselves and the communities that surround them. Our alumni play a central role in social movements, their communities, and businesses through providing direct services and advocacy, to inspiring societal shifts in perspectives and rights, through reversing inequities.