Ethnic Studies

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This program is part of the Cultural Science Department.

Western Civilization has been a reliable means to understand world cultures for many generations, but the rapidly changing demography of the United States requires a more profound awareness of cultural resources by thinkers of color.

Ethnic Studies is the interdisciplinary study of the history, cultural impact, socioeconomic concerns, politics, and achievements of racialized peoples in the United States and elsewhere. As a discipline, it was created to study the stories, histories, struggles, and triumphs of people of color on their own terms. Our program encourages students to test traditional assumptions about race in order to make more enlightened choices for themselves and their civilization.

The Ethnic Studies program at MCC contains three distinct study tracks:

  • African American Studies
  • American Indian Studies
  • Chicano Studies

Available Associate Degrees and Certificates

Degree / Certificate Title Courses
Academic Certificate (AC) African-American Studies Course List

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Associate in Arts Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies
Associate in Arts Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out a program and career path that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Ethnic Studies program is available through the Cultural Science department. You can also contact Academic Advisement for general advising. Both will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.