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Overview of Programs

AMCS Major

The AMCS major encourages students to develop an in-depth understanding of American cultures and ethnicities in the 21st century.  Since it is predicted that the U.S. will be 50 percent non-white in 2050, our goal is to teach you the analytical tools for understanding the United States as a multiracial, multiethnic, multicultural, and multilingual nation and to help you shape your vision of leadership, civic engagement, and professional development for the future.

We invite you to explore our multifaceted course offerings focused on issues of justice, equity, and equal access to opportunity for all.

The AMCS Department offers a concentration in Africana studies that includes an array of courses within the AMCS Department as well as participating departments across the university. Students pursuing this concentration will learn about African American and African Diasporic history and culture.

The AMCS Pathways allow you to choose courses from participating departments across the university in the following areas of interest:

  • Comparative ethnic studies
  • Hemispheric studies
  • Critical race, sex, gender, and sexuality studies
  • Literature and the arts
  • Multicultural education
  • Film studies
  • Native American studies

Faculty advisors will work closely with you in choosing your Pathway.

AMCS Minor

The 20-unit AMCS minor is a good complement to any major. Imagine having an extra backpack of knowledge and skills that build your confidence and competence in any multiracial and multicultural setting or context. 

Fast track to graduation: Do you know that many of the course offerings in the AMCS program also gives you credit towards your GE education? Find out how by talking to our faculty.

Future Careers

AMCS graduates succeed in many professions. Many of them are now:

  • Lawyers
  • College professors
  • College academic advisers
  • Student affairs professionals
  • K-12 educators
  • Social entrepreneurs
  • Social workers
  • Nonprofit administrators
  • Business owners
  • Artists and performers