Length of Program: 90 Credits
Completion Award: A.A. Degree
Faculty and Advising Contacts
The 90 credit Associate in Arts degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington State four-year institutions and prepares students for baccalaureate majors in American Ethnic Studies. It is also an excellent program of study for graduate work in the Social Sciences, Medicine, Law, Education, Business, Public Policy, Politics, and Diplomacy.
American Ethnic Studies — What is it?
American Ethnic Studies is a multidisciplinary program that includes African American Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Ethnomusicology, Latino/a Studies, and Multicultural Studies. We use the conceptual and comparative tools of history, political science, and sociology to analyze the lived experiences of diverse racial and ethnic peoples in the U.S. We explore in detail issues of race, gender, social class, power and privilege to guide students toward active citizenship and ethical decision making.
Contemporary issues in American Ethnic Studies:
History, Historical Narrative and Storytelling, Gender, Class, Race, Religion and Ability, Immigration and Citizenship, Language Privilege, Prejudice and Discrimination Multiracial/Multiethnic Issues.
Career Opportunities — What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in American Ethnic Studies?
American Ethnic Studies majors develop the knowledge and skills to live and work effectively in multiracial and multiethnic societies. From advocacy, negotiations and conflict management to counseling, critical thinking and interpersonal communications, Ethnic Studies majors develop skills that are essential to peace, equity and justice in America.
Potential employers include:
Local, State and Federal Government Agencies, Public and Private Schools, Hospitals,Health Care Facilities, Law Firms, Community and Social Service Organizations, Public Advocacy Groups, Non-Profit Organizations, Historical Societies, Libraries, Business, Media and Publishing Companies, and Human Rights Groups. For more, please visit Career Counseling.
Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?
An Associate Degree from Shoreline makes it possible for students to transfer to
public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. Shoreline
also has agreements with several universities to make transferring even easier. Please
visit our transfer agreements page for a list of those options. For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special
degree called the AA-DTA. For international students, Shoreline also has conditional admission agreements that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university
of the student's choosing.