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2021 Best Value Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in California

6 Colleges
2,657 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,826 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies School for You

Best Value Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in CaliforniaIn 2018-2019, 2,657 bachelor's degrees were awarded to area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies students who went to a California college or university. This makes it the #23 most popular major in the state. This means that 24.5% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in California ranking looked at 6 colleges that offer a bachelor's in area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. For this ranking, we are identifying those area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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The area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Value Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Schools.

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2021 Best Value Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Schools in California

The colleges and universities below are the best for the money for area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies majors.

Best Value Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Schools in California

Our rankings recognize University of California - Los Angeles as the #1 school in this year's rankings. UCLA is a very large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UCLA, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in California ranking.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at UCLA to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $39,402. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UCLA is $164,306. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Berkeley as the #2 school in this year's rankings. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public school located in the city of Berkeley. UC Berkeley not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in California list.

The average student at UC Berkeley graduates in less than 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $42,692. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley is $179,733. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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California State University - Long Beach comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Long Beach, Cal State Long Beach is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Cal State Long Beach has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in California ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Cal State Long Beach is 5.0 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $24,708. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Long Beach is about $122,552. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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California State University - Fullerton earned the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings. Cal State Fullerton is a fairly large public school located in the large suburb of Fullerton. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Cal State Fullerton, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in California ranking.

It takes the average student at Cal State Fullerton about 4.9 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $27,794. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton be around $135,079. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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California State University - Chico comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Chico, Chico State is a public school with a large student population. Chico State not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in California list.

It takes the average student at Chico State about 4.7 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $25,192. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Chico State is $118,654. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of California - Riverside comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. UCR is a very large public school located in the large city of Riverside. UCR also made our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in California list, coming in at #5.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at UCR to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $37,168. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UCR is $159,822. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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Best Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Colleges in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Washington 462
Hawaii 118
Oregon 122
Alaska 4
Nevada 25

Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Ethnic Studies 1,943
Area Studies 714

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Majors Similar to Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 25,166
Psychology 16,790
Communication & Journalism 10,634
Education 5,598
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 3,243

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 6 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to G. Mützel.

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