Associate in Arts Degree Ethnic Studies


The Associate in Arts Degree in Ethnic Studies is designed to provide students with a comparative, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary understanding of the experiences of African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Chicanos/Latinos, and Native Americans. Students study the histories, cultures, literatures, and politics of communities of color in the United States so that they can critically analyze issues pertaining to race, ethnicity, class, and gender while developing an appreciation for the cultural diversity of 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 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 (15 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 150 C Introduction to Chicana-o Studies (formerly ETHS 140 C)3
ETHS 160 CNative American History3
ETHS 170 C Introduction to Asian Pacific American Studies3
Elective Courses - Select 3 units from the following list:3
Native North America3
Ancient Cultures of Mexico and Central America3
Latin American Art3
Asian American Literature3
Multicultural Literature3
African-American Literature I3
African-American Literature II3
African-American History I3
African-American History II3
Chicana-o History I (formerly ETHS 141 C)3
Chicana-o History II3
Chicana-o and Latina-o Contemporary Issues3
Asian Pacific American History3
American Social Justice Movements3
History of Africa3
History of Latin America I3
History of Latin America II3
Asian Civilizations I3
Asian Civilizations II3
History of Mexico3
History of California3
Urban Politics3
Cross-Cultural Psychology (formerly PSY 237 C)3
Diversity in American Theater3
Honors Diversity in American Theater
Total Units18