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American Ethnic Studies

Reasons to Major

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What is American Ethnic Studies?

American Ethnic Studies examines the historical and contemporary experiences of African Americans, Mexican Americans/Latina/o, Native Americans, and Asian Americans in the context of U.S. society and institutions. These growing minority groups already constitute the majority population in many U.S. states.

Why Major?

American Ethnic Studies equips students with marketable skills and knowledge that translate into successfully living and working in a diverse world. Knowledge acquired through the major plays an important role in building a truly inclusive multicultural democracy. This is why employers from many lines of works favor American Ethnic Studies graduates.

**The data compiled by the college's Division of Institutional Analytics found that ethnic studies majors in general graduate at a rate about 20 percentage points higher than non-ethnic studies majors. In 2010, ethnic studies majors had a six-year graduation rate of 77.3 percent, compared to a rate of 52.3 percent for nonmajors. SF State is unique in having the country's first and only freestanding college in ethnic studies. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/07/09/san-francisco-state-finds-evidence-ethnic-studies-students-do-better

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**According to the latest info from the National Education Association – Ethnic Studies confirm that students who participate in ethnic studies are more academically engaged, develop a stronger sense of self-efficacy and personal empowerment, perform better academically and graduate at higher rates. https://www.nea.org/resource-library/what-research-says-about-ethnic-studies

**A survey by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU), 96% of employers agree that “all college students should have experiences that teach them ho to solve problems with people whose views are different from their own” and more than three quarters (78%) agree that “all college students should gain intercultural skills and an understanding of societies and countries outside the United States.

As an AMETH major you will gain applicable expertise in the histories, cultures,  and contributions of America’s multi-cultures: Chican@/Mexican American/Latin@/Native American/African American/ Asian American

The AMETH major equips you with a solid base to productively navigate the multicultural United States and global  contexts.

Students in this major are able to integrate ethnic/race knowledge across a variety of work contexts: educational, business, civil rights, medicine, social work, graduate study, law school

AMETH students have opportunities to acquire practical work experience through internship or participatory action research

AMETH majors/minors acquire an ability to communicate effectively across cultures

Career Paths

We equip you with the following skills that transfer into many different career paths:

  • The ability to work effectively with increasingly diverse populations
  • The capacity to analyze racial impacts of law, politics, culture, and public policy
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Critical thinking and analysis skills
  • Knowledge about diverse human behavior and communities
  • Awareness of social justice struggles
  • The development of cultural competency, central to living in and understanding the surrounding world

We offer both research skills and practical skills training through our internships and service learning opportunities.

Possible Career Fields

  • City and Urban Planner
  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Community Developer
  • Director and Producer
  • Family Therapist
  • Higher Educator
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Multimedia Artist/Animator
  • Museum Curator
  • Nonprofit Manager
  • Physician
  • Policy Analyst
  • Public Health Educator
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Reporter
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Social Worker
  • Writer
  • Youth Programmer
  • and more....