Africana Studies Associate in Arts Degree

Division: Social Sciences


The Africana 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 and internationally. Curriculum is designed to recover and analyze lost / distorted histories, confront unethical educational approaches, expand and impart knowledge through scholarly research, theoretical inquiry, and policy analysis. Students will analyze issues pertaining to the African and African diasporic communities while holistically developing a critical intersectional understanding of race, ethnicity, class, gender and power in American society and throughout the world. This degree requires a total of 18-20 units.

Required Courses (12 units):
ETHS 101 FAmerican Ethnic Studies3
or ETHS 101HF Honors American Ethnic Studies
ETHS 129 F Introduction to African-American Studies3
ETHS 130 FAfrican-American History I3
ETHS 131 FAfrican-American History II3
Restricted ELectives (6-8 units):6-8
Women of Color in the U.S.3
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
History of the Native Americans3
Introduction to Asian Pacific Islander American Studies3
Asian Pacific Islander American History3
Ethnic Studies Independent Study1
Contemporary Social Justice Movements3
Honors Contemporary Social Justice
Ethnic Studies Advanced Independent Study1
Ancient Egypt3
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies3
Total Units18-20

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.