Comparative Ethnic Studies, B.A. | California Polytechnic State University | San Luis Obispo, United States
48 months
11880 USD/year
11880 USD/year
10194 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Comparative Ethnic Studies program at California Polytechnic State University provides an in depth look at the interdisciplinary study of the differences between people — mainly race, ethnicity and nation, but also sexuality, gender and other factors — and how these differences shape the way people interact.


About the Program

The Comparative Ethnic Studies program at California Polytechnic State University prepares you to understand the social, cultural, political, historical and economic factors that have shaped meanings of race, class, gender and sexuality.

You will study how cultures form and express themselves and conduct independent analyses of historical and contemporary texts, the arts, popular culture, and social and occupational interactions. You will learn the history and impact of racism and discrimination and how groups gain and use power over others, as well as how we can use the lessons of the past to build a more just and equitable future. This knowledge prepares you to work, collaborate and interact more effectively in an increasingly diverse and globalized world. The department comprises one of the most diverse, yet cohesive, student populations on campus. We place a special emphasis on community and value individual students for the variety of talents and interests they bring.

Learn by doing

Through coordination with communities across California, you will gain first-hand knowledge about the lived realities of social inequality as well as the tools to critically analyze the practices that maintain them. You will explore cultural, social, political, and economic self-determination and self-representation of underrepresented groups and how to expand human rights in a national and global context. This could mean organizing events celebrating underrepresented cultural traditions or holding workshops to cultivate community advocacy.


Ethnic studies majors are prepared for careers in education, government and community organizations. Many of our graduates go on to professional schools in areas such as law, social work and health or into graduate studies in all areas of the arts and sciences.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Race, Culture and Politics in the United States
  • American Indian Studies
  • African American Studies
  • African Americans in Popular Culture
  • Native Americans in Popular Culture
  • Queer Ethnic Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Coursework: We look at the college-prep coursework you have taken during high school, including the courses you have in progress or planned during 12th grade
  • GPA: For the purposes of your application, we'll consider your 9th-11th grade weighted GPA
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Extracurricular Activities and Work Experience: Cal Poly takes activities such as work experience, internships, volunteer programs and extracurricular activities into consideration
  • Make sure you have a copy of your transcripts, current and planned class schedules, test scores, household annual income and social security number (if available)
  • There is a $70 application fee per campus at the time you apply, unless you qualify for an application fee waiver
  • English proficiency exam results

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    11880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11880 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    11880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11880 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    10194 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10194 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for San Luis Obispo

1100 - 1800 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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