2016-2017 College Catalog 
    Jan 26, 2023  
2016-2017 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Ethnic Studies, A.A.

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The curriculum in the Ethnic Studies Associate Degree program is designed to provide the transfer student the opportunity to achieve an associate degree. While a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering majors related to this field, earning the Associate degree would demonstrate achievement and  may support attempts to gain entry-level employment or promotion.

The Ethnic Studies program is interdisciplinary in scope and will begin with a focus on the history, literature, and cultures of African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicanas(os)/Latinas(os), Middle Eastern Americans, and Native Americans. Courses also explore the relations of these cultures to each other and their relations to the dominant American culture in order to foster understanding about such topics asethnicity, race, gender, sexuality/sexual orientation, class, and religion. Other groups which have been isolated in a similar manner from the dominant culture in the United States may be included in the Ethnic Studies Program.

Select a minimum of 21 units from the following list of required Ethnic Studies classes. Many of these courses also fulfill general education course requirements.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Describe the ethnic and cultural landscape of the United States.
  • Articulate the historical, social, and cultural contexts of specific racial and ethnic groups within the United States.
  • Describe the processes of racialization and social differentiation in historical and geographical context.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the various factors that play a role in the formation of cultural identity.
  • Compare representations of borderlands, hybridity, migration, and diaspora from different cultures.
  • Critically analyze power and inequality in a multiethnic and multicultural context.
  • Analyze the major factors that influence cross-cultural understandings and interactions between ethnic and racial groups in the United States.

Core Requirements

(Both courses are required for a major)

  • CCS 1 - Multicultural Experiences in the United States 3 Units
  • CCS 2 - Multicultural Identities in the United States 3 Units

Breadth Requirements

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 6 Units
  • Humanities/Arts Perspective 6 Units
  • Restricted Electives 3 Units

Total Units for the Major: 21

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Select six units from the following courses:

Humanities/Arts Perspective

Select six units from the following courses:

Restricted Electives

Select one course from the following:

ANTH 5, 21; ARAB 21*; ART 22, 23, 29; CHI 21*; DANC 64; HIST 27, 28, 30, 70, 71, 72, 74, 75, HIST/PS 80; JA 21*; KOR 21*; MUS 23; PHIL 10*, PSYC 16*; SPAN 21A*, 21B*.

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommendation preparation; see course description.

Associate in Arts Degree

Complete a minimum of 60 units including the total number of units described above and the General Education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 to qualify for the Associate in Arts degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to ASSIST.org and to the transfer institution’s catalog for transfer requirements.

Suggested coursework not required for the major: FASH 144 ; KNES 28, 29 .

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