Santa Clara University

Ethnic Studies Program

Our Mission

The Ethnic Studies Program at Santa Clara University was established in 1969 by a multi-racial group of committed students, faculty, staff, and community activists for social justice pertaining to racial and ethnic communities in the U.S.  It is one of the oldest programs of its kind in the nation with leading teaching scholars in their respective areas of expertise.  The program’s focus is aligned with the Jesuit Education by focusing on educating the whole person through a rigorous and disciplined examination of the history and culture of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups in the context of U.S. development.  In addition, the program seeks to provide opportunities to all students for gaining an understanding of racial/ethnic minority cultures and their contributions to U.S. society.   In doing so, the program through its curriculum and co-curricular events seeks to develop a university-wide cross-cultural understanding of these underrepresented communities, to pursue social justice across a wide range of socio-economic issues, and to engage in constructive ways to address fundamental problems of contemporary society.  To achieve our mission, all majors and minors must enroll in a Capstone during their senior year that is either a community placement/internship or a directed research/readings project.

Student Learning Goals & Outcomes

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