Ethnic Studies

The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in Ethnic Studies aims to develop students’ core competencies in the social sciences, arts and humanities while examining the experiences, histories and formation of diverse racial and ethnic groups in the United States and globally. The program will prepare students for a broad range of academic and professional careers in both the public and private sectors. Students will analyze the interrelationships among historical background, cultural patterns, artistic expressions, and politics in order to achieve a well-rounded, in-depth understanding of the ongoing relations amongst Asian, Asian American, African, African American, Latino/a and indigenous peoples of the United States. Students completing this program can transfer seamlessly into the B.A. degree in Latino Studies at Lehman College/CUNY without the loss of credits.

Ethnic Studies (ETH) Program 2 Year Plan (2018-2019)

Ethnic Studies (ETH) Program 3 Year Plan (2018-2019)

Required Common Core

English Composition 6
Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning1 3
Life and Physical Sciences1 3
Total Required Common Core 12


Flexible Core2

Creative Expression 3
World Culture & Global Issues 3
U.S. Experience in its Diversity 6
Individual and Society 3
Scientific World1 3
Total Flexible Core 18
Total Common Core 30


Curriculum Requirements

AFL 100 Introduction to Ethnic Studies 3
AFL 300 Research and Writing Methods 3
XXX xxx Program Electives 9
XXX xxx Ethnic Studies Program Electives 6
XXX xxx Social Sciences Elective 3
XXX xxx Liberal Arts Elective 3
XXX xxx General Electives 3
Total Curriculum Credits 30
Total Program Credits 60

Ethnic Studies Program Electives

Choose 9 credits from 1 of the following areas of study:

General Ethnic Studies
AFL 125 Comparative Ethnic Studies 3
AFN 124 African American History, 1865 to Present 3
ASN 114 Asian American History 3
LAT 150 The Latino Experience in the U.S. 3
Asian American Studies
ASN 111 Chinese Culture and Heritage 3
ASN 114 Asian American History 3
ASN 339 Asian American Literature 3
Africana Studies
AFN 122 Africa 1500 to the Present 3
AFN 123 African American History, 17th Century to 1865 3
AFN 124 African American History, 1865 to Present 3
Urban Studies
AFL 111 Economics of Urban Communities 3
AFL 125 Comparative Ethnic Studies 3
AFL 161 Health Problems in Urban Communities 3
Latin American Studies
LAT 130 History of Latin America 3
LAT 150 The Latino Experience in the U.S. 3
LAT 200 Peoples & Cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean 3

1 Some of these credits may be satisfied by taking STEM variants.
2 No more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy Flexible Core requirements.

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