Associate in Arts Degree African-American Studies


The Associate in Arts Degree in African-American Studies 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. Students pursuing more than one specified departmental/area major may double count a maximum of 7 units to fulfill major requirements. 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
Elective Courses - Select three units related to the African-American experience (3 units):3
American Social Justice Movements3
African-American Literature I3
African-American Literature II3
History of Africa3
Jazz History3
Urban Politics3
Elective Courses - Select three units from the following list (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
Native American History3
Introduction to Asian Pacific American Studies3
Asian Pacific American History3
Total Units18