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American Ethnic Studies Pre-Major, AA-DTA Planning Guide

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How to use this Planning Guide

This planning guide is a tool to help you understand what classes are recommended for this pre-major; review this information with your advisor as you develop an educational plan. 

  • Use the fillable  AA-DTA Degree Planning Guide  with the information below to plan your path to completing this pre-major. 
  • Click on “print degree planner”  for a print-friendly version of this planning guide
  • The Class Schedule will tell you which classes each quarter meet requirements for your pre-major. 
  • The Annual Schedule  can provide information about when classes are typically offered throughout the year.

Where does my path start?

You will complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) at Shoreline.

Once you complete your Shoreline degree, you can transfer to a four-year school to earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in American Ethnic Studies. It is also an excellent program of study for graduate work in the Social Sciences, Medicine, Law, Education, Business, Public Policy, Politics, and Diplomacy.  

What courses should I take?

This unofficial guide is intended to support you as you prepare for your major. Please consult with an advisor and your chosen four-year school(s), as program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice.

General Education Requirements - 20 Credits

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Select one of the following courses:

HUM 105 , CMST 203 , CMST 285 , GWS 284 , HIST 245 , MCS 105 PSYC 230 .

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following classes.

MATH& 107 , MATH 111 , MATH& 141 , MATH& 142 , MATH& 146 , MATH& 148 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , MATH& 163 , MATH 207 MATH 208 , MATH 211 , MATH& 264 , PHIL& 120  

* Students planning to transfer to the University of Washington must consult Math Advising, mathadvising@shoreline.edu.

Distribution Requirements - 45 Credits

Humanities (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Art and Drama) in Humanities. Maximum of 5 credits allowed in Performance/Skills courses. No more than 5 credits in a world language at the 100 level. Recommended: ENGL 247 , ENGL 257 .

Natural Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g.Biology and Physics) in Natural Sciences. At least 10 credits required in Physical, Earth, and/or Biological Sciences, including at least 5 credits of lab science. Maximum 5 credits from Other Science courses.

Social Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Psychology and History) in Social Sciences. Recommended: AES 215 , HIST& 219 , HIST 245 , HIST 246 , HIST 247 , SOC 288 .

General Electives - Minimum 25 Credits

Comprised of other college-level courses or unrestricted courses. A maximum of 15 credits allowed for restricted/vocational courses, and a maximum of 3 credits allowed in Physical Education. Please see the lists of Restricted Electives and Elective Courses (Non-restricted). Recommended: AES 119 , ENGL 247 , ENGL 257 , HIST& 219 , HIST 246 , HIST 247 , World Language if required for University admission or graduation.

Where can I go for help?

General Academic Advising

FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229

Career Planning


International Student Academic Advising

9000 Building, Rm. 9302

American Ethnic Studies Faculty Advisors

Ernest Johnson 
206-546-4582  ejohnson@shoreline.edu  Rm 5347

Amy Kinsel 
206-546-4679  akinsel@shoreline.edu  Rm 5329

Where can I transfer and what does my chosen four-year school require?

Before choosing classes, become familiar with the four-year program where you want to apply: visit the website, email the department, and/or speak with a Shoreline advisor. Below are examples from Washington schools with different admissions and graduation requirements. Check with the school for world language requirements. (Non-native speakers of English are often exempt from this requirement.)

Major Information General Transfer Information
Eastern Washington University https://www.ewu.edu/apply/transfer/
Heritage University http://www.heritage.edu/Admissions/Transfer-Students/
The Evergreen State College https://www.evergreen.edu/admissions/transfer
University of Washington - Bothell https://www.uwb.edu/admissions/apply/transfer
University of Washington - Seattle https://admit.washington.edu/Apply/Transfer/
University of Washington - Tacoma https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/admissions/transfer-admission
Washington State University https://admission.wsu.edu/apply/as/transfer/requirements-2/
Western Washington University https://admissions.wwu.edu/transfer
Whitman College https://www.whitman.edu/admission-and-aid/applying-to-whitman/transfer-students

What is American Ethnic Studies?

American Ethnic Studies is a multidisciplinary program that includes African American Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Ethnomusicology, and Latino/a Studies. We use the conceptual and comparative tools of history, political science, and sociology to analyze the lived experiences of diverse racial and ethnic peoples in the U.S. We explore in detail issues of race, gender, social class, power and privilege to guide students toward active citizenship and ethical decision making.

Contemporary issues in American Ethnic Studies: History, Historical Narrative and Storytelling, the distribution of power and privilege regarding Gender, Class, Sexual Orientation, Race, Religion and Ability, Immigration and Citizenship, Language Privilege, Prejudice and Discrimination, Multiracial/Multiethnic Issues.

What can I do with a Bachelor’s in American Ethnic Studies?

American Ethnic Studies majors develop the knowledge and skills to live and work effectively in all kinds of diverse communities. From advocacy, negotiations and conflict management to counseling, critical thinking and interpersonal communications, Ethnic Studies majors develop skills that are essential to equity and justice in the U.S. and in the world.

Potential employers include:  Local, state and federal government agencies, public and private schools, hospitals, health care facilities, law firms, community and social service organizations, public advocacy groups, non-profit organizations, historical societies, libraries, business, media and publishing companies, and human rights groups. For more, please visit http://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-center/career-counseling.aspx.

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