Program Overview

Ethnic studies is a multidisciplinary field focused on the analysis of socially-constructed categories such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, nationality and (non)citizenship. Using a range of materials, from literary and musical works to sociological studies and historical texts, we deeply examine the processes whereby social categories of identity and difference are produced, resisted, inhabited, embraced, and transformed across historical time and geographic space. We trace the ways in which these racialized categories shape and are shaped by a variety of other complex issues, such as colonialism, military conflict, and the relations between capital and labor. Our classes interrogate systems of power and inequality, analyze the effects of social justice movements past and present, and delve into the ontology and phenomenology of the elusive notion of liberation. By familiarizing students with a range of methodological tools for the study of social life, while prioritizing the voices and perspectives of marginalized individuals and minoritized communities, we open up an intellectual space within which the term "ethnic" in "ethnic studies" is both critically deconstructed and strategically affirmed.


AA Degree Requirements Major: Core and Selective Requirements
Complete Core requirements, 6 units: Units
ETHN 108 Rethinking Race, Gender, and Nation 3 units
ETHN 109 Borders and Crossings 3 units
Selective Courses, choose a minimum of 12 units from the following: Units
ETHN 103 Asian American Studies 3 units
ETHN 105 African American History and Culture 3 units
ETHN 107 Introduction to Native American Studies 3 units
ETHN 265 Evolution of Hip Hop Culture: A Socio-Economic and Political Perspective 3 units
ETHN 288 African-American Cinema 3 units
Total Required Major Units: 18
And required General Education coursework and electives as needed to meet the minimum 60 units required for the Associate degree.

Please refer to the AA/AS Degree Requirements for more information.