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Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies Program Description


A.A.—Social Science

Program Description

Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary and diverse field that gives voice to historically marginalized peoples and their perspectives by challenging systems of injustice and valuing diversity. This program seeks to educate students on progressive social change, reflect on the dynamics of power and knowledge, and promote multiple approaches to social justice issues while encouraging students to be informed and active citizens. Ethnic Studies allows students a particular focus on marginalized and disadvantaged populations while also de-centering the dominant cultural, political, and social ideals that have shaped western societies.

Career Opportunities

  • Teaching
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Community and Housing Development
  • Radio and Television
  • Health and Medicine
  • Community and Union Organizing
  • Social Work
  • Positions in Federal, State, and Local Governments


  • Opportunities to build a foundation for interdisciplinary studies
  • Overview of theoretical, methodological, analytical, and cultural principles

Note to Transfer Students:
If you are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in this major, it is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for your major. Schools vary widely in terms of the required preparation. The courses that CRC requires for an associate’s degree in this major may be different from the requirements needed for the bachelor’s degree.

For information about the student learning outcomes for this program, see