Ethnic Studies, African-American Emphasis

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

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The need for a more extensive inclusion of minority groups in the American educational system is widely recognized. Open to all Sacramento City College students, the Ethnic Studies program serves as a response to the needs, demands, and experiences of Sacramento’s minority communities. It can be of vital importance to the student because the program makes available a perspective on ethnic groups not ordinarily fully provided in educational institutions.

At Sacramento City College, the Ethnic Studies Program is offered with an emphasis on African American, Asian American, Mexican American, or Native American culture. In addition to the required introductory course in Ethnic Studies, general courses on American ethnic groups are offered in sociology, psychology, anthropology, and history.

Career Opportunities

The Ethnic Studies program will prepare students who wish to transfer to an Ethnic Studies program at a four year institution. Ethnic Studies provides the student with various career opportunities such as equity officer, social worker, diversity director, ethnologist, human relations specialist, etc. The program will also give a background to students hoping to teach in primary, secondary, or post-secondary school programs.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate critical thinking, communication, and research skills relative to ethnic minorities in the United States.
  • evaluate and discuss various interdisciplinary approaches to the study of ethnic minorities in the United States.
  • analyze and discuss the social, political, economic, and cultural experience of ethnic minorities in the United States.
  • demonstrate an understanding of African Americans as it relates to history, politics, social sciences, and the humanities.

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

The Associate in Arts Degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.