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Department of Ethnic Studies

The Department of Ethnic Studies at Santa Ana College is an inter-disciplinary department comprised of faculty from various related disciplines including history, art history, English, psychology, and music.

The AA degree in Ethnic Studies is designed to foster individual cultural identity and cross-cultural communication, develop a consciousness about the American pluralistic society and its origins, and provide basic education regarding professional careers involving intercultural relations in fields such as arts, business education, government, health, law, public relations, and public service.  Emphasis will be be on a cultural survey of Native Americans, Asian Americans, African Americans, and Mexican Americans/Latinos from the Pre-Columbian period to the present and the contributions of  these ethnic groups to U.S. society.  Enrichment and global perspective will be added to majors such as Art, Anthropology, Child Development, Dance, Education, English, Foreign Language, History, Music, Psychology and Sociology.  Completion of the degree program prepares students to pursue a major leading to a baccalaureate degree. 


  • Asian American Studies 101:  Introduction to Asian American Studies
  • Black Studies 101: Introduction to Black Studies
  • Chicano Studies 101: Introduction to Chicano Studies
  • Ethnic Studies 101:  Introduction to Ethnic Studies
  • Ethnic Studies 102:  The Borderlands:  Cultural Context/Intercultural Relations


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Department Chair

Rodrigo Valles
Office: D-411
Phone: (714) 564-6891
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