Africana Studies Associate in Arts Degree

Division: Social Sciences


The Africana Studies Associate in Arts Degree provides students a holistic and transdisciplinary education with a focus on the historical and contemporary experiences of persons of African descent in the United States and globally. AFRS is committed to critical theorizations of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality and interrogating interlocking systems of oppression in order to unsettle and disrupt them. AFRS curriculum confronts unethical educational approaches, recovers and analyzes lost and distorted histories, and expands and imparts knowledge through critical and theoretical inquiry, scholarly research, creative production, and policy analysis. Africana Studies cultivates activist-scholars by providing students opportunities to bridge academic study with community engagement. Students will analyze issues about the African and African diasporic communities while developing a critical and intersectional understanding of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and power in American society and globally. Graduates develop a liberatory vision for social change and acquire skills in community-centered leadership, media literacy, critical and creative thinking, and an ability to advance social justice for African and African diasporic communities. The major prepares students for transfer and career pathways that serve Africana populations in areas/fields such as education and research, community advocacy and organizing, city planning, health and human services, conflict resolution, marketing and communications, law and policy, fine and performing arts, multicultural affairs, and more. This degree requires a total of 18 units.

Required Courses (12 units):
ETHS 101 FAmerican Ethnic Studies3
or ETHS 101HF Honors American Ethnic Studies
ETHS 111 FWomen of Color in the U.S.3
ETHS 129 F Introduction to African-American Studies3
ETHS 130 FAfrican-American History I3
or ETHS 131 F African-American History II
Restricted Electives - Select two courses (6 units):6
NOTE: Courses can only be used in one area towards degree requirements (Required Core or Restricted Electives).
African-American History I3
African-American History II3
Introduction to Chicana/o Studies (formerly ETHS 140 F)3
Chicana/o History I (formerly ETHS 141 F)3
Chicana/o History II (formerly ETHS 141 F)3
Chicana/o and Latina/o Contemporary Issues (formerly ETHS 142 F)3
Honors Chicana/o and Latina/o Contemporary Issues
Introduction to American Indian Studies3
American Indian History (formerly History of the Native Americans)3
Introduction to Asian Pacific Islander American Studies3
Asian Pacific Islander American History3
Race, Ethnicity and Popular Culture3
Contemporary Social Justice Movements3
Honors Contemporary Social Justice Movements
Ancient Egypt3
Total Units18

Outcome 1: Summarize the key terminology, theoretical orientations, principles and methods used in the field of Africana Studies.

Outcome 2: Identify and explain historical trends and common themes in African-American history from pre-colonial Africa to the present.

Outcome 3: Identify the culture, political and socioeconomic heterogeneity that exists within and between Africana communities.