ESL students interacting with ESL instructor
People, Culture and Society

Ethnic Studies


Find out how government and other institutions affect and are affected by human behavior. The Ethnic Studies major (formerly Social Science) combines anthropology, psychology, history and more. Learn about the nature of society and sharpen your critical thinking and research skills.

We can help you find the program that fits your passion and interests.
Headshot of Karin Green, Success Center Specialist
Karin Green, Success Center Specialist

Degrees in Ethnic Studies

Put Your Mind to It

Following graduation, Ethnic Studies majors work in many fields, including psychology, law, teaching and politics. Find jobs as teachers, archaeologists, economists, lawyers, FBI profilers, demographers, research assistants, data scientists, diplomats, lobbyists, legislators, counselors, psychologists or social workers.

Diverse group of students in Ethnic Studies class at Sierra College
Students in the People, Culture and Society area want to learn about others in order to serve them well. They learn about the diversity of human experiences and how our relationships with each other create a deeper understanding and acceptance of our similarities. Everyone at Sierra can take advantage of opportunities to learn about others through the Student Engagement Centers programming, People and Culture Days, and other campus events. Karin Green, Support Specialist

Looking for something else?

With more than 50 programs in total, something is bound to align with your goals. Find out which one is the right fit for you.

  • Three ethnic women


    Explore human evolution, history and behavior. Specialize in areas like cultural, linguistic and forensic anthropology.
  • Students meeting in small groups to work on classroom group assignment


    You'll study how human relationships and organizations work by looking at social factors like race, gender and class.

Other Programs

See more programs in the People, Culture and Society interest area.

People, Culture and Society

Or, explore all of our interest areas

All Interest Areas