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The Intercultural Studies Department offers an interdisciplinary major leading to certificates, an A.A. degree, or transfer in Intercultural (Ethnic) Studies.  This major represents the joint commitment of the African America, Asian American and Asian, Chicanx/Latinx, Native American, and core Intercultural Studies areas, and provides a diverse curriculum whose educational objectives include the following:

  • Develop a methodology emphasizing comparative analyses of the history, politics, social dynamics, and current  challenges and opportunities of historically marginalized communities of color;
  • Develop the skills and capabilities to critically analyze information prevalent in the dominant  culture from the perspective of historically marginalized communities of color;
  • Examine ethnicity theory, race relations theory, feminist theory, cross-cultural communications theory, peace/conflict/ reconciliation theory, healing and social transformation theory and practices, and explore the intersectional and multidimensional issues of racism, institutions, power as they relate to advocating for equity and social justice.

The major also examines the need for and role of multiracial alliances, economic class analysis, and provides expertise in areas that will allow students to develop the critical analysis, interpersonal capacities, and leadership and organizing skills to be responsive to the needs of historically marginalized communities of color in the short term, and to contribute to long-term systemic transformation for equity and social justice.

The ICS interdisciplinary major, leading to an A.A. degree or transfer in Intercultural Studies, represents the joint commitment of the African American, Asian Pacific American, Chicano, Latin American, Native American and Intercultural Studies programs to provide a core curriculum whose educational objectives include:

  • Develop a methodology emphasizing comparative analyses of the history and contemporary issues and positions of Third World peoples;
  • Develop research capabilities that will allow students to compile and analyze information from a Third World perspective;
  • Teach ethnicity theory, race relations theory, feminist theory, cross-cultural communications theory and explore multidimensional issues of racism, institutions and power. 

The major also examines the need for shared pluralism and provides expertise in areas that will allow students to pursue professional training so that they may provide services to Third World communities and effect positive social change.

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