Bachelor of Arts

Admission into the Major

Each student majoring in AMCS works closely with a faculty advisor on progress toward the degree. Upon acceptance into the major, a transfer student’s records will be reviewed to articulate the lower-division courses that are equivalent to those offered within the AMCS Department.

Current catalog information

AMCS Degree Requirements
Requirements Units
General education (50, 12-14 in major) 36-38
Major core requirements 20
Major electives 24
General electives 38-40
Total units needed for graduation 120

Grading Minimums

Students must earn a grade of C- or above to get AMCS major credit. All courses graded below C- must be retaken in order to be eligible for major credit. Courses must be taken for a grade to be eligible for major credit. Courses for major credit may not be taken CR/NC.

Major Core Requirements: 20 Units

Choose any three (12 units)

  •     AMCS 165A - Humanities Learning Community Unit(s): 4
  •     AMCS 165B - Humanities Learning Community Unit(s): 4
  •     AMCS 210 - Ethnic Groups in America Unit(s): 4
  •     AMCS 225 - How Racism Works: America in Black and White Unit(s): 4
  •     AMCS 260 - Ethnicity in the Arts, Culture, and Media Unit(s): 4

Required (8 units):

  •     AMCS 392 - Ethnic Images in Film and Media Unit(s): 4
  •     AMCS 480 - Research and Methodology Unit(s): 4

Choose 8 units of Upper Division Electives:

*Based on advisor approval. Only one of these courses may count towards the degree.

** Can count as an elective if not taken as a core course.

  • AMCS 260 - Ethnicity in the Arts, Culture, and Media Unit(s): 4 **
  • AMCS 339 - Ethnic Groups and American Social Policy Unit(s): 3
  • AMCS 350 - Ethics, Values, and Multiculturalism Unit(s): 4
  • AMCS 355 - Language and Ethnicity Unit(s): 4
  • AMCS 370 - Gender in Asian America Unit(s): 4
  • AMCS 374 - The Multiracial Experience Unit(s): 4
  • AMCS 377 - Asian American Experience Unit(s): 4
  • AMCS 381 - Research Assistantship Unit(s): 2-4 *
  • AMCS 385 - Facilitation Training Unit(s): 2-4 *
  • AMCS 395 - Community Involvement Program Unit(s): 1-4 (3-4 Unit(s) Required) *
  • AMCS 399 - Student-Initiated Course Unit(s): 1-4 (3-4 Unit(s) Required) *
  • AMCS 420 - Gender and Ethnicity Unit(s): 4
  • AMCS 445 - Multi-Culturalism and Education Unit(s): 4
  • AMCS 475 - Globalization and Race in the United States Unit(s): 4
  • AMCS 476 - Selected Topics in African American Studies Unit(s): 4
  • AMCS 480 - Research and Methodology Unit(s): 4
  • AMCS 481 - Special Topics Unit(s): 1-4 (4 Unit(s) Required)
  • AMCS 495 - Special Studies Unit(s): 1-4
  • AMCS 499 - Service Learning Internship Unit(s): 1-4

Concentration/Pathways (16 units):

Concentration in Africana Studies

Pathways: Students who do not complete the concentration in Africana Studies will select one of the following pathways. The following courses are eligible toward each pathway. However, students can consult with their advisors and the department chair to request an unlisted course count toward the Pathway. All pathways must include at least 8 upper division units.

Pathway in Hemispheric Studies

Pathway in Comparative Ethnic Studies

Pathway in Film Studies 

Pathway in Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Pathway in Native American Studies

Pathway in Literature and Art

Pathway in Multicultural Education