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2024-2025, 2nd ed. General Catalog 
2024-2025, 2nd ed. General Catalog

American Multicultural Studies, BA

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Admission into the Major

Each student majoring in AMCS is assigned a faculty advisor and consults with the 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. A maximum of ten lower–division units may be transferred. Upper-division courses from four-year institutions may be transferred above and beyond the ten units of lower-division transfer towards the AMCS major, based on advisor approval. Students should use assist.org to view official articulation agreements between SSU and other California colleges. 

Students graduating with a B.A. in American Multicultural Studies must take 20 units of core courses and an additional 8 upper-division AMCS courses plus 16 units from their chosen AMCS Pathway or the Concentration in Africana Studies.

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.

Program Learning Outcomes


  1. Study the roles of race and ethnicity in U.S. society, both historically and today.
  2. Analyze how economic and political forces intersect with race and ethnicity in the United States.
  3. Understand the aesthetic and creative contributions of U.S. non-whites.
  4. Address the representation of racial and ethnic minorities in American culture, history, and politics.
  5. Understand the relationships between ideology and power.
  6. Study the intersectional natures of race, ethnicity, class, gender, religion, region, nationality, and other factors.


  1. Develop an understanding of how race and ethnicity are tied to personal values.
  2. Gain an appreciation for the role non-whites have played in building America.
  3. Foster a moral and political commitment to multiculturalism.
  4. Understand the connections between individual achievement and community involvement.


  1. Complete a research or creative project in ethnic studies.
  2. Build critical thinking abilities and apply them to real-life issues.
  3. Develop oral and written communication skills.

Degree Requirements

See the “Degree Requirements ” in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.

General Education Requirements (48 units)

See the “General Education ” requirements in the University Catalog for information on General Education requirements. Some major requirements may double count for GE requirements.

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.


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. Total units in the Pathway: 16 units.

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