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Ethnic Studies Minor

An Ethnic Studies minor can enhance the degrees and careers of all Cal Poly students. It provides them with special competence in the histories and experiences of diverse communities and the critical skills with which to understand complex social issues. The minor prepares students for careers in education, government, and community organizations; for entrance to professional schools in areas such as law, social work, and health; and for graduate studies in all areas of the arts and sciences. Students majoring in subjects across the university curriculum will find Ethnic Studies useful, particularly when their interests require a deeper understanding of race, ethnicity, and diversity in the United States and beyond.

A minor is a group of courses designed to give students knowledge in an area outside the major. A minor is not required for a degree. For more information, refer to the Academic Minors section of the current Cal Poly Catalog.

Minor Requirements

  1. The minor in Ethnic Studies consists of 24-quarter units.
  2. At least half of the units must be from upper division courses (300- or 400-level).
  3. At least half of the units must be taken at Cal Poly.
  4. No more than one-third of the courses can be Credit/No Credit (CR/NC), except for courses that have mandatory CR/NC grading.
  5. A minimum 2.0 GPA is required in all units counted for completion of the minor.
  6. The minor must be completed along with the requirements for the bachelor's degree.
  7. Courses in the minor may not be counted toward the student's major but may be used to satisfy general education and United States Cultural Pluralism requirements.
  8. The minor is declared when the student requests a graduation evaluation in the Evaluations Office.
  9. Students should seek Ethnic Studies advisor approval early in planning a specific course of studies.
  10. The completion of the minor will be noted on the student's transcripts but will not be shown on the diploma.

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