Program Description

In this area of emphasis history, culture, and contemporary issues are explored and analyzed through the intersecting perspectives of ethnicity, race, class, and gender. The curriculum combines an interdisciplinary knowledge of our socio-cultural world. Courses are open to all students in the College. Enrollment is encouraged for those who are seriously concerned about diversity and the quality of life in the 21st century. This area of emphasis prepares students for Gender, Ethnicity, and Multicultural Studies; Ethnic Studies; Women’s Studies; and similar disciplines at CSU, UC, and private schools. Fields in which such concerns can find application are teaching, urban planning, social services, politics, recreation, law, the ministry, and many others. Such fields of study typically require advanced degrees.

PLEASE NOTE: The courses that universities and colleges require for transfer vary. When selecting literature and writing courses, students should consult with Counseling Services to determine the particular transfer requirements of specific transfer institutions.


Requirements for the AA Degree

To qualify for this degree, you must meet these requirements:

  • Minimum of 60 AA units
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Complete the traditional AA or IGETC or CSU GE
  • Complete this area of emphasis

Area of Emphasis Required Courses

Requirements for the area of emphasis (18 units minimum) Courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. All courses must be numbered 001-099. Students must complete at least one course from at least three of the categories listed below:

Multicultural Studies:

  • ANTH 002 - Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • ENGL 012 - Intercultural Communication (3)
  • ENGL 025I - PostColonial Literature (3)
  • GEOG 002 - Cultural Geography (3)
  • GEOG 003 - World Regional Geography (3)
  • HIST 008 - History of California (3)
  • LING 012 - Intercultural Communication (3)
  • MUSC 023 - Music Cultures of the World (3)
  • SOC 014 - Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3)

Gender Studies:

  • ENGL 025C - Women in Literature (3)
  • HIST 025B - Women in American Society (3)

African American Studies:

  • ART 002 - History of African and African American Art (3)
  • DANC 004A - World Ethnic Dance – Africa (1)
  • ENGL 050 - African-American Literature (3)
  • HIST 027A - Traditional Africa (3)
  • HIST 027B - Modern Africa (3)
  • HIST 029A - African American History to 1865 (3)
  • HIST 029B - African American History from 1865 (3)
  • MUSC 025 - African American Music (3)
  • PSYC 029 - Psychology of the Afro-American (3)
  • SOC 029 - Sociology of the African-American (3)

American Indian/Native American Studies:

  • ANTH 012 - American Indian Cultures (3)
  • ENGL 051 - Native American Mythology and Literature (3)
  • HIST 012 - The North American Indian (3)

Asian American/Pacific Islander Studies:

  • ART 003A - History of Asian Art (3)
  • ART 003B - History of Asian Art (3)
  • CHIN 010 - Chinese Civilization (3)
  • CHIN 012 - Chinese Literature in Translation (3 units)
  • DANC 004C - World Ethnic Dance – Asia (Central/Southeast) (1)
  • DANC 004E - World Ethnic Dance – India (3)
  • ENGL 048 - Asian Literature (3)
  • ENGL 052 - Asian American Literature (3)
  • HIST 018 - History of South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific (3)
  • HIST 019 - History of China, Japan, and Korea (3)
  • HIST 041 - History of Asian Pacific Americans (3)
  • JAPN 010 - Japanese Civilization (3)
  • JAPN 011 - Inside Japan (1)
  • JAPN 012 - Japanese Literature in Translation (3)
  • MUSC 027 - Asian Music (3)
  • PSYC 041 - Psychology of the Asian American (3)
  • SOC 041 - Sociology of the Asian American (3)

Mexican American/Chicano/Latino Studies:

  • ANTH 031 - Mexican and Chicano Culture (3)
  • ART 007 - PreColumbian Art (3)
  • ART 008 - History of Mexican and Chicano Art (3)
  • DANC 004B - World Ethnic Dance –The Americas (1)
  • DANC 004H - World Ethnic Dance – Spain/Portugal (1)
  • ENGL 047 - Mexican and Chicano Literature (3)
  • HIST 009A - Latin America: PreColumbian to 1825 (3)
  • HIST 009B - Latin America: 1825 to the Present (3)
  • HIST 030 - History of Mexico (3)
  • HIST 031 - History of Mexican Americans in the United States (3)
  • MUSC 026 - Latin American Music (3)
  • PHIL 031 - Contemporary Chicano Philosophy (3)
  • PSYC 031 - Studies in Chicano Behavior (3)
  • SOC 031 - Chicano Sociology (3)
  • SPAN 031 - Language of the Barrio (3)
  • SPAN 042A - Civilization of Spain and Portugal (3)
  • SPAN 042B - Civilization of Spain and Portugal (3)
  • SPAN 044A - Civilization of Latin America (3)
  • SPAN 044B - Civilization of Latin America (3)

General Education Requirements

To be eligible for an AA degree, you must complete general education requirements in addition to the area of emphasis course requirements. You choose to follow one of the following three GE Patterns:

Which GE Pattern you choose to follow is based on your transfer plans. Speak with your counselor or visit the Transfer Center to find out more about which GE Pattern to follow.