The Department of Ethnic Studies at Santa Ana College is transdisciplinary. Ethnic Studies has struggled to receive the same respect and acknowledgment as "traditional" disciplines. Due to this, faculty in the department are trained across various areas. Their primary focus and training are Asian American, African American/Black American, Chicana/Chicano, and American Indian/Native American Studies, considered the four core areas and peoples comprising Ethnic Studies.
The A.A. 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 essential 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 on a cultural survey of Asian American, African American/Black American, Chicana/Chicano, and American Indian/Native American Studies from the pre-Columbian period to the present and the contributions of these ethnic groups to U.S. society.
Enrichment and a global perspective will be part of completing one of the degree programs to prepare students to pursue a major leading to a baccalaureate degree.
From there, a student can continue to their respected Master's program or Ph.D., which many of these degrees have available.
There are three Degree Programs: Black Studies, Chicana/Chicano Studies, and Ethnic Studies.
The Department of Ethnic Studies examines the social and
historical narratives of those seen as non-American. The Anglo, Caucasian, and
WASP ideal of America created a separation where all others encountered and
endured the United States nation-building project, which erased the narratives
of non-Americans. The department's educational principles aspire to expand
students' social and political horizons and the critical thinking skills vital in
comprehensively participating in humanity transnationally. We explore how
various kinds of resistance, persistence, liberation, struggle, and radical
wisdom confront and transform oppressive conditions and create new social
The Ethnic Studies program is committed to centralizing
the epistemologies, histories, narratives, and living experiences of
disenfranchised/marginalized First people/Indigenous and those seen as
non-American from the Anglo, Caucasian, and WASP ideal of American to challenge
and critique all structures of despotism, oppression, repression, subjection,
suppression and promote emancipatory, self-determining destinies for all
people. The Ethnic Studies program aspires to present the intersections of
ethnicity, gender, race, identity, agency, and sexuality within the voiced concerns of the four
major groups disproportionately affected in the United States: Asian American, African American/Black American, Chicana/Chicano, and American Indian/Native American Americans.
The Department of Ethnic Studies creates course content
based on the factual conditions of people of color; we also utilize methodologies
that accentuate the structural dimensions of social, political, and economic
inequalities and the struggles used against them. The department dissects the
intersectionality of race, racism, and various forms of institutionalized
violence. Areas of focus include land conquest, state violence, colonialism,
U.S. imperialism, racial genocide, chattel slavery, militarization, forced
assimilation, legalized discrimination, White supremacy, and the rationale of
ethnic/racial domination. The comparative examination of racialization seeks to
expose structures of disparity and privilege.
- Asian American Studies 150: Introduction to Asian American Studies
- Black Studies 150: Introduction to African/Black American Studies
- Chicano Studies 150: Introduction to Chicano Studies
- Ethnic Studies 150/150H: Introduction to Ethnic Studies
- Ethnic Studies 102/102H: The Borderlands: Cultural Context/Intercultural Relations