Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies is the interdisciplinary study of historically marginalized racial/ethnic populations in the United States.  Students analyze how the dynamics of racism and institutionalized discrimination have impacted African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Chicanos/Latinos, and Native Americans and how these groups have struggled for social justice and equality. As such, students examine the histories, cultures, literatures, and politics of communities of color so that they can attain the knowledge that is vital for improving the lives and communities of various racial/ethnic groups and for re-defining what has popularly been referred to as “American.”

All courses in Ethnic Studies fulfill the Cultural Diversity requirement for the associate degree and meet the CSU GE Breadth Requirements.  Most courses also meet the Intersegmental GE Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for CSUs and UCs.

At Cypress College, the Ethnic Studies Department currently offers Associate in Arts Degrees in:

A degree in Ethnic Studies prepares individuals for careers in the following areas:

  • teaching and research
  • law
  • medicine
  • public health
  • social work
  • journalism
  • business and marketing
  • community development
  • urban and regional planning
  • politics
  • public policy analysis and administration
  • international relations



Steven Estrada
Daniel Joseph Lind


Lawrence Hashima
Bryan Lawson
Tatiana Pedroza

Ethnic Studies Department

Location: Humanities, Room 222B
T: (714) 484-7000 ext. 48509