African-American Studies Associate in Arts Degree

Division: Social Sciences


The African-American Studies Associate in Arts Degree is designed to provide students with a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary examination of the experiences of persons of African descent in the United States. Students will analyze issues pertaining to the African-American community in particular while holistically developing a critical understanding of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and power in American society.

To earn an Associate Degree students must complete:

  1. all major course requirements with a grade of C or better;
  2. Cypress College Native General Education requirements; California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or IGETC General Education requirements;
  3. any elective courses to complete a minimum of 60 units;
  4. complete all graduation requirements; and
  5. have an overall GPA of 2.0. At least 50% of all major course work must be completed at Cypress College.

Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at a transfer institution offering a Baccalaureate Degree. For information on specific university requirements, please consult with your counselor, or visit the Transfer Center.     

Required Courses (12 units):
ETHS 101 C American Ethnic Studies (formerly ETHS 100 C)3
or ETHS 101HC Honors American Ethnic Studies
ETHS 129 C Introduction to African-American Studies3
ETHS 130 CAfrican-American History I3
ETHS 131 CAfrican-American History II3
LIST A - Select one of the following elective courses related to the African-American experience (3 units):3
African-American Literature I3
African-American Literature II3
Race, Ethnicity, and Popular Culture3
American Social Justice Movements3
History of Africa3
Jazz History3
History of Hip Hop - Rap3
Urban Politics3
LIST B: Select one of the following Ethnic studies or related elective courses or one course not already taken from Lista A (3 units):3
Introduction to Chicana-o Studies (formerly ETHS 140 C)3
Chicana-o History I (formerly ETHS 141 C)3
Chicana-o History II3
Chicana-o and Latina-o Contemporary Issues3
Introduction to Native American Studies3
Native American History I3
Native American History II3
Introduction to Asian Pacific American Studies3
Asian Pacific American History3
Sociology of Contemporary Race and Ethnic Relations3
Total Units18