Race and Resistance

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website 

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about 
this major?

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. Our analytical approach is comparative, relational, interdisciplinary, and intersectional. The program will: 

1) provide majors with a solid understanding of key theories and approaches through a set of core courses required of all students,

2) provide all students with an overview of key areas of concern, including histories of resistance, gender issues, transnational issues, and cultural production,

3) Allow students to choose electives emphasizing particular areas of interest, and 4) develop students' abilities to work in a community organizations.

Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide? Yes: Advising Worksheet (pdf)
When should I first meet with my major department? At any time! We encourage you see an advisor once a semester to make sure you are meeting major/university requirements for a timely graduation. 
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them?

You can select an advisor from the faculty list. 

Students at sophmore standing or higher can also receive major advising for Race and Resistance with the Ethnic Studies Advising Center in EP 117

Where can I find information about major advising? Check out our Advising Support Page here
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? None at this time. 
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full?

Please conside signing up for RRS Electives. Two should be upper division (Listed 300 or higher)

  • 3 RRS electives 
  • 1 ETHS course outside of RRS: in either AIS, AA S, AFRS, or LTNS 
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? The Race and Resistance major is 36 units. Consider a minor or double major to help you meet complimentary studies and the 120 unit graduation requirement. 

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?

Please consider taking your core required courses. Core courses also cover ALL SF State Studies. 

  • RRS 480 Youth Culture, Race and Resistance (UD-D)
  • RRS 520: Race, Radicalism, and Revolution 
  • RRS 571: Women, Class and Race. (UD-C)
  • ETHS 300GW: Writing in Ethnic Studies  

Because campuses of San Francisco State University are located within the territories of the Ohlone peoples and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (the Coastal Miwok and Southern Pomo peoples), we recommend students consider AIS 160 or AIS 420 when selecting their electives.


Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major? No -However, RRS 100: Introduction to Ethnic Studies or equivalent highly recommended to get started. 
Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? No. 
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?

Yes, in Social Justice Studies.

 See ADT Roadmap Here

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

Consider taking lower division core courses:


  • RRS 100: Intro to Ethnic Studies (D1, AERM, GP, SJ)
  • RRS 240: All Power to the People (D2, AERM, SJ)
  • RRS 290: Sounds of Resistance: Race, Rhythm, Rhyme, &Revolution (C1, GP, AERM)


Because campuses of San Francisco State University are located within the territories of the Ohlone peoples and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (the Coastal Miwok and Southern Pomo peoples), we recommend students consider AIS 160. 


Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?


ETHS/RRS 100: Introduction to Ethnic Studies is highly recommended. 

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major? Currently, there are no AP or IB tests that count towards requirements in Race and Resistance Studies




College of Ethnic Studies Advising Center (ESAC)

Services provided for: undergraduate students in the College of Ethnic Studies majors, minors and courses.

Services include: Advising for general education, non-major graduation requirements, major requirements, graduation check (GE and major/minor), academic probation, study abroad, academic scholarship and honors.

Phone: (415) 338-6162
Website: https://ethnicstudies.sfsu.edu/ESAC
Email: EthnicStudiesAdvising@sfsu.edu