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International Year One - Ethnic Studies

The College of Ethnic Studies embraces racial difference and diversity through the coursers and on-campus.

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The courses within the College of Ethnic Studies provide a unique educational experience by presenting a curriculum that places a strong emphasis on the historical and philosophical impact of African American, American Indian, Asian Pacific Islander, and Latina/Latino peoples and their many varied contributions to the history and culture of the United States. San Francisco State University’s most recent accreditation report praised the College of Ethnic Studies as a national leader in the development of scholarship on race and ethnicity.

Key Information



4 Years:

1 Year Pathway + 3 Years Degree


Start Dates

September 2022

Pathway Tuition Fee


What you will study

Through a tailored combination of study, you will learn social, academic, and professional skills that will help you succeed in your studies at SF State.

Core Modules

Learn about the historical, geographic, and environmental, socio-cultural, and political context of the SF Bay Area that draws people to this place.

Students will need to have achieved a C- or better in the first term of this class. The second semester of this class will allow extra time to revisit and practice reading and writing strategies to improve English fluency.

Basic skills involved in understanding, criticizing, and constructing arguments by using materials reflective of experiences of ethnic/racial groups in the U.S.

Continuation degrees

This study route offers you a pathway to the following degree course

BA (Hons)
Race & Resistance Studies

Race and Resistance Studies (RRS) examines both the race-related processes that underlie many social problems and the multiple forms of resistance and struggle aimed at achieving racial social justice.

BA (Hons)
Africana Studies

Students majoring in Africana Studies are required to complete a program consisting of core courses and electives with emphases in the areas of the humanities and behavioral and social sciences.

BA (Hons)
American Indian Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies (AIS) is designed to challenge students to think critically about the differences and similarities between American Indians' lives of the past and present and their own.

BA (Hons)
Asian American Studies

Gain an interdisciplinary understanding of the histories, cultures, and racialization of Asian Americans.

BA (Hons)
Latina/Latino Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Latina/Latino Studies program provides students with a solid grounding in the theoretical approaches and methodologies that define the field. The program prepares students to pursue graduate and professional studies or to begin careers in the public or private sectors.

Supporting students to success

Learn more about what our students have to say when studying across our education network.

I have a lot of international friends here at BUIC, and I’ve learnt so much from them. There is always a lot to do together both on and off-campus.

Sagar Nepal, Bangor University International College (BUIC)

I would recommend UGIC because it is based on the main University of Greenwich campus, a cosmopolitan university. At UGIC, there are students from all around the world, and I've made a lot of friends from exciting places."

Gozel Turkmenistan, University of Greenwich International College (UGIC)

I think one of the main reasons the IIM (pre-masters) has been so helpful is because the staff are so supportive and are always able to help me. Whether it is understanding a module or finding out how to sort accommodation, they will help you with everything. I’ve enjoyed studying at Bangor, the people are friendly, and the environment is also really peaceful and safe. It’s given me the best opportunity to succeed in my studies here in the UK.

Tong Tong China, Bangor University International College (BUIC)