Ethnic Studies

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Ethnic Studies

Western Civilization has been a reliable means to understand world cultures for many generations, but the rapidly changing demography of the United States requires a more profound awareness of cultural resources by thinkers of color.

Ethnic Studies is the interdisciplinary study of the history, cultural impact, socioeconomic concerns, politics, and achievements of racialized peoples in the United States and elsewhere. As a discipline, it was created to study the stories, histories, struggles, and triumphs of people of color on their own terms. Our program encourages students to test traditional assumptions about race in order to make more enlightened choices for themselves and their civilization.

The Ethnic Studies program at MCC contains three distinct study tracks:

  • African American Studies
  • American Indian Studies
  • Chicano Studies

The Right Pathway for You

MCC offers Certificates of Completion and Transfer Options for this program. Your interests and goals will guide you in selecting the pathway that is ideal for you. You may find a combination of certificates or transfer options is the fastest way to realize your dreams.

Certificate

The knowledge and skills acquired while earning a Certificate of Completion (CCL) can help launch you into a new career or energize your current job. Generally requiring fewer credit hours than degrees or transfer programs, a CCL may be your best first step into higher education.

A list of available certificates offered in the Ethnic Studies program
Name Type Title Courses
Academic Certificate AC African-American Studies

Transfer Options

Want to pursue a bachelor’s degree? Save money by starting at MCC in manageable, small classes taught by renowned faculty. Our transfer pathways with Arizona universities help you achieve two goals: completing an associate’s degree while also staying on track to earn a bachelor’s degree at your transfer destination.

Below are some transfer options that may be available to you. Please contact Academic Advisement to learn more.

A list of transfer options for the Ethnic Studies program
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Associate in Arts Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies
Associate in Arts Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts in American Indian Studies

Career Opportunities

The Ethnic Studies program can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this program.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary $68,780
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Ethnic Studies program is available through the Cultural Science department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.