Ethnic Studies Associate in Art

Ethnic studies is the critical interdisciplinary study of race and racism utilizing intersectional, comparative, relational, and transnational approaches that focus on the histories, experiences, cultures, and struggles of historically minoritized ethnoracial groups in the United States while centering a praxis of racial justice. Emerging from the historic campus and community civil rights struggles of the late 1960s, the field focuses primarily on Indigenous/Native American studies, Black/African American studies, Latinx/Chicanx studies, and Asian American/Pacific Islander studies, each with their own epistemological and methodological frameworks, while also engaging in the analysis of other racialized ethnic groups in the U.S. An emphasis is placed on the hierarchical and systemic power relations (settler colonialism, white supremacy, cishetero-patriarchy, classism etc.) that arise from institutional, cultural, and global productions/hierarchies of “race.” Ethnic Studies also investigates how race and ethnicity intersect with class, gender, ability, and sexuality in order to help students develop a critical understanding of the complex and intersecting historical struggles and movements for social transformation, resistance, and liberation in the U.S. and beyond.

Semester 1

Course Code Title Units
ETHN 001 Introduction to Ethnic Studies 3
ENG 001A English Composition  4
CSU GE Area A1 Oral Communication 3
CSU GE Area B1 Physical Sciences 3-4

Semester 2

Course Code Title Units
ETHN 002 or ETHN 003 or ETHN 004 or ETHN 005 Introduction to Chicanx & Latinx Studies or Introduction to Black Studies or Introduction to Native American Studies or Introduction to Asian American Studies 9
CSU GE Area A3 Critical Thinking 3
CSU GE Area B4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning 3


Course Code Title Units
  Major Elective 3

Semester 3

Course Code Title Units
  Major Elective 3
CSU GE Area B2 Life Sciences 3-4
CSU GE Area C1 Arts 3
HIST 017 or 018 U.S. History 3
PS 001 Introduction to Government 3

Semester 4

Course Code Title Units
CSU GE Area C1 or C2 Arts or Humanities 3
CSU GE Area D Social & Behavioral Sciences 3
CSU GE Area E Lifelong Learning & Self-Development 3
  Elective transferable course or any Ethnic Studies course not taken before 3

Please see a Counselor if you need help selecting CSU GE or IGETC GE courses. 


Major Electives