Ethnic Studies

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This program is part of the Cultural Science Department.

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Culture and Society
Ethnic Studies

Western Civilization has been the predominant lens for viewing world cultures for many generations, but the rapidly changing demography of the United States requires a more profound awareness of cultural perspectives 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. Ethnic Studies also looks at gender among different cultures and how it affects people's experiences of their world. The Ethnic Studies program articulates with and reinforces our Women's Studies program.

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 Degrees 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.

Certificates

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
Academic Certificate AC American Indian Studies

Transfer Degree

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. MCC’s university partnerships throughout the nation assure your seamless transition toward a four-year degree.

A list of available transfer degree options for the Ethnic Studies program
At MCC, get an... Emphasis in... Transfer to... To get a... Courses
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in American Indian Studies American Indian Studies A transfer partner Bachelor's Degree

Additional Transfer Options

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

A list of additional transfer options for the Ethnic Studies program
At MCC, get an... Transfer to... To get a...
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

Successful completion of a certificate within the Ethnic Studies program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Equal Opportunity Representatives and Officers

$65,408

Postsecondary Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers

$71,144

Postsecondary Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers

$71,144

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

$58,654

Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

$54,702

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

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.