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Associate in Arts Degree Program

Liberal Arts and Sciences:
Ethnic Studies Course Sequence

Note: These requirements apply only to students who enrolled in the liberal arts program prior to Fall 2007.

This course sequence is a variation on the traditional Liberal Arts degree and requires similar core-curriculum across the humanities, social sciences, sciences and the fine arts. The Ethnic Studies sequence of specific courses prepares students to academically explore and understand the central issues of U.S. society today: race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, nationality and religion in the experiences of the many groups that make up "America." It offers suitable undergraduate background for transfer into many majors, and is particularly appropriate for careers in education, social services, public or government service, diversity training, and for later coursework at four-year institutions in American studies, international or global studies or the social sciences and the humanities.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively in writing, and orally
  2. Utilize current communication technology
  3. Reason scientifically and/or quantitatively and apply mathematical and/or scientific principles to the inquiry process
  4. Think critically, analyze and understand complex ideas, draw inferences from facts/texts, evaluate and present well-reasoned arguments
  5. Demonstrate the ability to conduct and document meaningful research
  6. Develop a global perspective on today's world
    6.1. Understand the major artistic, literary and philosophical aspects of US and third world cultures
    6.2. Recognize the major historical and political events of western and non-western societies
    6.3. Understand the concept of culture
    6.4. Recognize differences and relationships among cultures
    6.5. Recognize the role of ethnic diversity in US social life
    6.6. Demonstrate some proficiency in a foreign language
Course of Study¹
College Success
IDS* 105
College Success Course
Humanities (15 credits)
English Composition
Composition and Literature
Advanced Composition
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Humanities electives in literature or philosophy from Ethnic Studies list below.
The literature must be a 200 level course
History (6 credits)
At least three credits from any of the following History courses:
Western Civilization I
Western Civilization II
U.S. History I
U.S. History II
World Civilization I
World Civilization II
HIS* ___
History Elective - see list below
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
Social and Behavioral Sciences electives to be selected from anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology and sociology. see list below
Mathematics (3 or 4 credits)
MATH 167, Statistics or higher
Science (7 or 8 credits)
Selected from biology, chemistry, physics and other physical sciences
Fine Arts (6 credits)
Art, music, theater, photography, or film
Foreign Language (6-8 credits)
Two courses in a modern language
(If a student has 3 years of a single language in high school, electives may be substituted)
Liberal Arts Electives (6 credits)
To be selected from the social sciences, arts, history, languages, humanities, sciences and mathematics
Free Elective (3 credits)
A free elective is any course the college offers for credit
Ethnic Studies Courses
Ethnic Literature Courses
ENG* 251 African-American Literature
ENG* 253 Hispanic-American Literature
ENG* 259 Topics in Ethnic Literature
ENG* 247 Latin American Literature
ENG* 248 Literature of the Caribbean
ENG* 290 Haunting America
Modern Language Courses
FRE* 101 Elementary French I & II
ITA* 101 Elementary Italian I & II
SPA* 101 Elementary Spanish I & II
Introductory Level Social & Behavioral Sciences Courses
ANT* 101 Intro to Anthropology
ECN* 101 Principles of Macroeconomics
GEO* 102 Intro to Human Geography
GEO* 111 World Regional Geography
POL* 101 Intro to Political Science
PSY* 111 General Psychology I
SOC* 101 Principles of Sociology
Social & Behavioral Science Electives
ANT* 299 Cultural Anthropology
PSY* 253 Multicultural Issues in Psychology
SOC* 201 Contemporary Social Issues
SOC* 117 Minorities in the U.S.
Humanities Courses
PHL* 150 Philosophy of Religion
Fine Arts Courses
ART* 202 Ethnic Art in the U.S.
ART* 208 Caribbean Art and Culture
MUS* 103 History of American Music
History Courses
HIS* 216 African American History I
HIS* 217 African American History II
HIS* 107 History of Puerto Rico
HIS* 299 History of the Caribbean through Decolonization
HIS* 299 Slavery in the Americas
HIS* 110 20th Century Latin American/Caribbean Political Movements
HIS* 256 The Islamic World

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pre-requisites and additional information.




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