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Ethnic Studies Associate in Arts

Ethnic Studies is a dynamic academic discipline and community that provides an understanding of the history, culture, and contributions of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino/a/x Americans, Middle Eastern Americans, and Native Americans. Courses introduce students to the concepts of race and ethnicity, how race and ethnicity intersect with other forms of identity, and the role of power and inequality in the United States. It is an interdisciplinary degree, drawing from the arts, English, history, humanities, Kumeyaay studies, political science, sociology, and others. Ethnic Studies faculty foster community and promote civic engagement and social justice through a variety of panels, presentations, and field trips.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Interpret and evaluate evidence by analyzing biases, patterns, trends, and relationships.
  • Evaluate and apply subject matter to students’ lived experiences and current events.
  • Analyze how power and privilege operate in society, through the categories of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality.
  • Develop and support arguments with evidence, including academic and organic (i.e. cultural, traditional, and experiential).
  • Research and explore career options and/or obtain experience in a career field.

Associate in Arts Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum
ETHN-107/HIST-107History of Race & Ethnicity in the United States3
ETHN-111/HUM-111Culture, Art & Ideas of the United States3
ETHN-114/SOC-114Introduction to Race & Ethnicity3
List A
Select two of the following:6
U.S. History: Chicano/Chicana Perspectives I
U.S. History: Chicano/Chicana Perspectives II
U.S. History and Cultures: Native American Perspectives I
U.S. History and Cultures: Native American Perspectives II
U.S. History: Black Perspectives I
U.S. History: Black Perspectives II
Kumeyaay History I: Precontact - 1845
Kumeyaay Hist II: 1846 - Present
List B
Select two of the following:6
Chicanx Art
Chicana/o Literature
Black Literature
Introduction to the Politics of Race and Gender
Latinx Sociology
Kumeyaay Arts and Culture I
Introduction to Native American Politics and Policy
Total Units21

Plus General Education Requirements