Ethnic Studies

Associate Degree

A.A. in Ethnic Studies

Sacramento City College recognizes the need for a more extensive inclusion of minorities in the American educational system. The Ethnic Studies Program at Sacramento City College is, therefore, open to all students and 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 broader perspective on ethnic groups not ordinarily provided in primary and secondary educational institutions.
Sacramento City College offers a broad array of courses in African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Mexican American/Chicano Studies, Native American Studies, Gender and Ethnicity, and The European Experience. The program offers a course on the Introduction to Ethnic Studies along with general courses on American ethnic groups in Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, and History.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2020

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
ETHNS 300 Introduction to Ethnic Studies 3
A minimum of 18 units from the following: 18
ANTH 481 Honors Cultural Anthropology (3)
   or ANTH 310 Cultural Anthropology (3)
ETHNS 320 The African American Experience (3)
ETHNS 330 The Asian American Experience in America (3)
ETHNS 340 Chicanos/Mexican Americans in the U.S. (3)
ETHNS 341 The Sociology & Psychology of Mexicans and Latinos in the U.S. (3)
ETHNS 350 Introduction to Native American Studies (3)
ETHNS 351 Native American Culture and the Impact of Federal Policy (3)
PSYC 367 Psychology of Minorities (3)
SOC 321 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States (3)
   or SOC 482 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States - Honors (3)
Total Units: 21

The Ethnic Studies Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) one of the following: the SCC General Education, the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

Student 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 ethnic minorities relative to history, politics, social sciences, and the humanities.

Career Information

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 personnel, and human resources personnel. The program will also provide a background to students hoping to teach in primary or post-secondary school programs.