B.A. in AMCS

For most recent published catalog information, see 2013-2014 Catalog AMCS Program Description (PDF)

Summary of Major Course Requirements
Category Units
Core Course Requirements  20
Upper Division Electives  8
Concentration or Pathway 16
Total Units in AMCS Major 44

 

Required Lower Division Courses - Choose Any three (12 Units)
Courses Units GE
AMCS 160A/B Learning Community 4 C3
AMCS 210 Ethnic Groups in America 4 D1
AMCS 225 How Racism Works 4 C2
AMCS 260 Ethnicity in the Arts, Culture & Media 4 C1

 

Required Upper Division Courses (8 Units)
Courses Units GE
AMCS 350 Ethics, Values, and Multiculturalism 4 C2
AMCS 480 Research and Methodology 4  

Upper Division Electives (8 Units)
Courses Units GE
AMCS 260 Ethnicity in the Arts, Culture, and Media (see note 1) 4 C1
AMCS 339 Ethnic Groups and American Social Policy 4 D1
AMCS 315 Muhammad Ali and the African American Freedom Struggle (see note 2) 4 E
AMCS 355 Language and Ethnicity 4 C3
AMCS 370—Topics in Ethnic Studies 4  
AMCS 374 Multiracial Experience 4  
AMCS 377 Asian American Experience    
AMCS 381 Research Assistantship - crosslisted WGS370 (see note 3) 2-4  
AMCS 385 Facilitation Training (see note 3) 2-4  
AMCS 392 Ethnic Images in Film and Media 4 C1
AMCS 395 Community Involvement Project (see note 3) 3-4  
AMCS 399 Student Initiated Course 3-4  
AMCS 420 Gender and Ethnicity (see note 3) 4  
AMCS 445 Multiculturalism and Education 4  
AMCS 475 Globalization and Race in the United States 4  
AMCS 476 Topics in African American Studies 4  
AMCS 481 Religion and Spirituality in America 4  
AMCS 495 Special Studies
AMCS 499 Service Learning Internship

Notes for Electives

  1. Can count as an elective if not taken as a core course.
  2. New course under review by GE SubCommittee
  3. Based on advisor approval. Only one of these courses may count towards the degree.

Students will complete 16 units in either the Concentration in Africana Studies or one of the Pathways listed below. 

  • Africana Studies Concentration:16 units; minimum of 8 Upper Division Units
  • Pathway (see below): 16 units; minimum of 8 Upper Division Units

Concentration in Africana Studies

Students who select this option will earn a B.A. in AMCS with a Concentration in Africana Studies. The following courses are eligible towards the concentration. However, students can consult with their advisors and the department chair to request an unlisted course count toward the concentration. At least 8 upper division units are required.

Concentration in Africana Studies - 16 units; minimum of 8 Upper Division Units
Courses Units GE
AMCS 225 How Racism Works (see note 4) 4 C2
AMCS 315 Muhammad Ali and the African American Freedom Struggle (see note 5) 4 E
AMCS 360 Ethnic Literature 4 C2
AMCS 392 Ethnic Images in Film and Media 4 C1
AMCS 420 Gender and Ethnicity 4  
AMCS 476 Topics in African American Studies 4  
FR 314 French Caribbean Literature 4 C2
GEOG 394 Africa South of the Sahara 4  
GEOG 394 Africa South of the Sahara 4  
HIST 348 Race and Ethnicity in Latin America 4  
HIST 468 Blacks in American History 4  
HIST 470 The American South 4  
HIST 498 The Civil Rights Movement 4  
PHIL 275 Race, Racism, Law, and Society 4 C3
SOCI 263 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 4 D1

 

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 Hemespheric Studies - 16 units; minimum of 8 Upper Division Units
Courses Units GE
Any CALS course is eligible for this concentration but check the catalog for pre-requisites.    
AMCS 475 Globalization and Race in the U.S. 4  
GEOG 392 Geography of Latin America and the Caribbean 4  
HIST 339 Ancient and Colonial Latin America 4  
HIST 342 Modern Latin America 4  
HIST 348 Race and Ethnicity in Latin America 4  
HIST 433 History of Mexico 4  
HIST 449 Gender and Sexuality in Latin America 4  
POLS 453 Politics of Latin America 4  

 

Pathway in Comparative Ethnic Studies - 16 units; minimum of 8 Upper Division Units
Courses Units GE
Any CALS, NAMS, or AMCS course is eligible for this concentration.    
ANTH 451 Applied Ethnographic Methods (see note 6) 4  
COMS 321 International Communication 4  
ENGL 315 California Ethnic Literature 4  
HIST 468 Blacks in American History 4  
HIST 470 The American South 4  
HIST 472 History of California I 4  
HIST 473 History of California II 4  
HIST 498 The Civil Rights Movement 4  
LIBS 204 Minorities in American Cinema 4  
PHIL 275 Race, Racism, Law, and Society  4  
POLS 330 Race, Ethnicity, and Politics 4  
PSY 330 Stereotyping and Prejudice 4  
SOCI 263 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 4 D1
SOCI 347 American Class Structure (see note 7) 4  
WGS 370 Gender in Asian America 4  
WGS 375 Gender, Race, and Class 4 D1
THAR 375 Contemporary Plays and Playwrights: New Plays, Race, and Sexuality 4  

 

Pathway in Film Studies - 16 units; minimum of 8 Upper Division Units
Courses Units GE
AMCS 392 Ethnic Images in Film and Media 4  
CALS 393 Chicano/Latino Cinema 4  
LIBS 204 Minorities in American Cinema 4  
LIBS 320C Introduction to Film Studies 4  
NAMS 338 Native Americans and the Cinema 4  
SOCI 434 Cinema and Society (see note 7) 4  
PSY 490 Psychology of Film 4  
PSY 490 Adolescent Development Through Film 4  

 

Pathway in Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies - 16 units; minimum of 8 Upper Division Units
Courses Units GE
Any WGS course is eligible for this Pathway but check WGS catalog for pre-requisites.    
AMCS 420 Gender and Ethnicity 4  
CALS 405 The Chicano/Latino Family 4  
CCJS 430 Women and Crime 4  
ENGL 345 Women Writers 4  
ENGL 451 Feminist Perspectives in Literature 4  
HIST 345 Women’s History and Women’s Activism 4  
HIST 445 Topics in American Women’s History 4  
HIST 446 Women in American History 4  
HIST 449 Gender and Sexuality in Latin America 4  
NURS 480 Health, Sexuality, and Society 4  
POLS 313 Critical Theory: Race and Gender 4  
POLS 391 Gender and Politics 4  
PSY 362 Human Sexuality 4  
PSY 405 Psychology of Gender 4  
SOCI 360 Sociology of Sexualities (see note 7) 4  
SOCI 312 Sociology of Gender (see note 7) 4  
THAR 375 Contemporary Plays and Playwrights: New Plays, Race, and Sexuality 4  
WGS 385 Gender and Globalization 3-4  

 

Pathway in Native American Studies - 16 units; minimum of 8 Upper Division Units
Courses Units GE
Any NAMS course is eligible for this concentration.    
ANTH 327: Archaeology of North America (see note 6) 4  

 

Pathway in Jewish Studies - 16 units; minimum of 8 Upper Division Units
Courses Units GE
Any JWST course is eligible for this concentration.    
AMCS 481 Religion and Spirituality in the US 4  
ANTH 326: Anthropology of the Bible (see note 6) 4  
ARTH 474 Islamic Art 4  
HIST 469 Religion in America 4  
POLS 446 International Relations of the Middle East 4  
POLS 307 Perspectives on the Holocaust and Genocide 4  
PSY 471 Psychology of Religion 4  
SOCI 431 Sociology of Religion 4  

 

Pathway in Literature and Art - 16 units; minimum of 8 Upper Division Units
Courses Units GE
AMCS 360: Ethnic Literature 4  
AMCS 392: Ethnic Images in Film and Media 4  
ARTH 470A: South and Southeast Asian Art 4  
ARTH 470B: Chinese and Japanese Asian Art 4  
ARTH 474: Islamic Art 4  
CALS 220: Chicano/Latino Arts and Literature 4  
CALS 314: Latin American Literature in English Translation 4  
CALS 374: Latino Literature 4  
CALS 450: Latina/o Children’s Literature 4  
CALS 474: Major Authors in Latino Literature 4  
ENGL 315: California Ethnic Literature 4  
ENGL 482: Studies in American Literature: Jewish Literature – Home and Exile 4  
ENGL 436: Studies in Postcolonial Literature 4  
FR 314: French Caribbean Literature 4  
NAMS 354: Native American Literatures 4  
THAR 375: Contemporary Plays and Playwrights: New Plays, Race, and Sexuality 4  

 

Pathway in Multicultural Education - 16 units; minimum of 8 Upper Division Units
Courses Units GE
AMCS 355: Language and Ethnicity 4 C3
AMCS 360: Ethnic Literature 4 C2
AMCS 445: Multiculturalism and Education 4  
CALS 374: Latino Literature 4 C2
CALS 403: Chicano/Latino Youth and Adolescents 4 C2
HIST 468: Blacks in American History 4  
EDUC 250: Teaching in a Changing World 3  
EDUC 417: School and Society (see note 8) (see note 9) 3 D1
EDEC 420: Child Development in Family, School and Community 3 E
EDMS 470: Multicultural Pedagogy 3  
EDSS 418 Learning and Development in Adolescents (see note 9) 3  
EDSP 433 Teaching Adolescents with Special Needs 3  

 

Notes for Concentration & Pathways

  1. Can count towards Africana Concentration if not used in the Core
  2. Under review by GE Sub Committee
  3. Must meet pre-requisite
  4. Open to SOCI majors and minors only
  5. Pre-requisite for the Multiple Subject Credential program
  6. Pre-requisite for Single Subject Credential Program