Ethnic Studies Associate in Arts Degree

Division: Social Sciences


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, Chicanas-os-xs/Latinas-os-xs, 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, gender, sexuality, and power 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. 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. This degree requires 18 units in the major.

Required Courses (9 units):
ETHS 101 C American Ethnic Studies (formerly ETHS 100 C)3
or ETHS 101HC Honors American Ethnic Studies
ETHS 202 C Race, Ethnicity, and Popular Culture3
ETHS 235 C American Social Justice Movements3
LIST A: Select two courses from the following Ethnic Studies sub-fields (6 units):6
Introduction to African-American Studies3
Introduction to Chicana-o Studies (formerly ETHS 140 C)3
Introduction to Native American Studies3
Introduction to Asian Pacific American Studies3
LIST B: Select one of the following Ethnic Studies or related elective courses or one course not already taken from LIST A (3 units):3
Native North America3
Asian American Literature3
Latino-a-x 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
Native American History I3
Native American History II3
Asian Pacific American History3
History of Hip Hop - Rap3
Sociology of Contemporary Race and Ethnic Relations3
Total Units18