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Liberal Arts with an Area of Emphasis in Multicultural Studies

Liberal Arts with an Area of Emphasis in Multicultural Studies

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Chair: Joanne Benschop

Office: Building OCT550, 760.795.6881

Full-Time Faculty

Joanne Benschop

Academic and Career Pathway: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Associate in Arts Degree

Liberal Arts with an Area of Emphasis in Multicultural Studies

These interdisciplinary courses promote an appreciation of multicultural influences in contemporary society. Courses in this category encourage students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitude needed to function effectively in a pluralistic democratic society and to interact, negotiate, and communicate with people from diverse groups in order to create a civic and moral community that works for the common good. This emphasis provides students with lower-division major preparation for disciplines within the area of study devoted to culture and society. These majors include Chicano studies, ethnic studies, foreign language, global studies, international development, peace and conflict studies, and women's studies.

To earn this associate degree, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable units of credit (including major and general education courses).
  • Complete all courses required in the major with a “C” or “P” or better.
  • Complete a general education pattern of courses (see Associate Degrees).
  • Obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  • Complete a minimum of 12 units in residence at MiraCosta College.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to develop communication, critical thinking, and intellectual skills that effectively prepare him/her for lifelong learning and for advanced study in a wide range of majors at the university level.

Select a minimum of 18 units from the following:

ADM 230Policing in a Diverse and Multicultural Society3
ANTH 102Cultural Anthropology3
or ANTH 102H Cultural Anthropology (Honors)
ANTH 104Native American Cultures3
ART 159Pre-Columbian Art3
or ART 159H Pre-Columbian Art (Honors)
ART 290Landmarks of Art3
BUS 160International Business3
CHLD 210Child, Family, and Community3
CHLD 235Children in a Diverse Society3
COMM 135Gender Studies in Communication3
COMM 215Intercultural Communication3
DESN 108World Architecture3
DNCE 104Dance on Film3
or DNCE 104H Dance on Film (Honors)
DNCE 105Dance Cultures of the World3
or DNCE 105H Dance Cultures of the World (Honors)
ECON 100Survey of Economics3
ECON 101Principles of Economics: MACRO3
ECON 102Principles of Economics: MICRO3
EDUC 115Foundations of Teaching as a Profession3
ETHN 100Introduction to Ethnic Studies3
FILM 211Identity and Film: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality3
or FILM 211H Identity and Film: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality (Honors)
FILM 212Women and Film: Representation and Impact3
or FILM 212H Women and Film: Representation and Impact (Honors)
FREN 101Elementary French (First Semester)4
FREN 102Elementary French (Second Semester)4
FREN 201Intermediate French (Third Semester)4
FREN 202Intermediate French (Fourth Semester)4
GEOG 102Cultural Geography3
GEOG 104World Geography3
GRMN 101Elementary German (First Semester)4
GRMN 102Elementary German (Second Semester)4
GRMN 121Introduction to German Culture3
GRMN 201Intermediate German (Third Semester)4
GERO 101Introduction to Aging3
GERO 250Intergenerational Issues3
HIST 102History of the Modern Middle East3
or HIST 102H History of the Modern Middle East (Honors)
HIST 103Early European History and Culture3
or HIST 103H Early European History and Culture (Honors)
HIST 104Modern European History and Culture3
or HIST 104H Modern European History and Culture (Honors)
HIST 107East Asian Societies3
HIST 115Women in American History3
or HIST 115H Women in American History (Honors)
HIST 116History of the Americas to 18303
or HIST 116H History of the Americas to 1830 (Honors)
HIST 117History of the Americas Since 18303
or HIST 117H History of the Americas Since 1830 (Honors)
HIST 141Mexican American History Through 18773
or HIST 141H Mexican American History Through 1877 (Honors)
HIST 142Mexican American History Since 18773
or HIST 142H Mexican American History Since 1877 (Honors)
HIST 145African American History to 18773
or HIST 145H African American History to 1877 (Honors)
HIST 146African American History Since 18773
or HIST 146H African American History Since 1877 (Honors)
HUMN 101Introduction to the Arts3
or HUMN 101H Introduction to the Arts (Honors)
ITAL 101Elementary Italian (First Semester)4
ITAL 102Elementary Italian (Second Semester)4
ITAL 121Introduction to Italian Culture3
ITAL 201Intermediate Italian (Third Semester)4
ITAL 202Intermediate Italian (Fourth Semester)4
JAPN 101Elementary Japanese (First Semester)4
JAPN 101HElementary Japanese (First Semester) (Honors)4
JAPN 102Elementary Japanese (Second Semester)4
JAPN 121Introduction to Japanese Culture3
JAPN 123Japanese Anime and Manga3
JAPN 123HJapanese Anime and Manga (Honors)3
JAPN 201Intermediate Japanese (Third Semester)4
JAPN 202Intermediate Japanese (Fourth Semester)4
JAPN 210Intermediate Conversation I and Reading3
LING 110English Language Structure and Function3
LIT 250American Literature: First Contact Through the Civil War3
or LIT 250H American Literature: First Contact Through the Civil War (Honors)
LIT 251American Literature: Mid-1800s to the Present3
or LIT 251H American Literature: Mid-1800s to the Present (Honors)
LIT 270World Literature to 16003
or LIT 270H World Literature to 1600 (Honors)
LIT 271World Literature Since 16003
MUS 112American Popular Music3
MUS 113The Music of America3
MUS 116A Survey of World Music3
PLSC 150Introduction to International Relations3
PSYC 125Psychology of Women3
PSYC/SOC 145Psychology/Sociology of the Family3
RELG 101World Religions3
or RELG 101H World Religions (Honors)
RELG 105Eastern Religions3
SOC 105Introduction to Justice Studies3
SOC 120Introduction to Women's Studies3
SOC 130Introduction to Gender Studies3
SOC 140Introduction to LGBT Studies3
SOC/ETHN 207Race and Ethnic Relations3
SOC/CCS 230Introduction to Chicana/o Studies3
SOC/CCS 232Critical Issues in Chicana and Latina Studies3
SOC/BLST 240Introduction to Black Studies3
SPAN 101Elementary Spanish (First Semester)4
SPAN 102Elementary Spanish (Second Semester)4
SPAN 201Intermediate Spanish (Third Semester)4
SPAN 202Intermediate Spanish (Fourth Semester)4
SPAN 205Hispanic Film, Literature, and Composition3
SPAN 221Spanish for Native Speakers4
SPAN 222Spanish for Native Speakers II4

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