AMCS Department Launches Revised Program

The American Multicultural Studies Department (AMCS) has revised its program. The new changes will take effect in Fall 2014. This exciting revision features the new Area of Concentration in Africana Studies and Advising Pathways in the following areas: Comparative Ethnic Studies; Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Multicultural Education; Literature and Art; Hemispheric Studies; Film Studies; Jewish Studies; and Native American Studies.

Through the various “AMCS Pathways” and the “Concentration in Africana Studies,” students who major in AMCS can choose to focus on an area of interest and have a wide range of courses to choose from across participating departments in the university: History, Modern Languages, Geography, Philosophy, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Political Science, Anthropology, English, Psychology, Chicano and Latino Studies, Criminal Justice, Nursing, Art History, Literacy, Elementary, and Early Education.

AMCS majors will take 20 units of core courses, 8 upper division electives and 16 units in their chosen Concentration of Pathway – a total of 44 units.

The AMCS Department is listed under American Studies programs in the CSU system. The new AMCS program reflects an innovative trend in American studies that is truly interdisciplinary. The core program remains grounded in Critical Ethnic Studies and the concentration and pathways draw upon concepts and methods in other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The revised program will enable students to develop multi-and intercultural competence, critical thinking, and leadership skills that will help them navigate the fast-changing multicultural and multiracial American landscape.

The AMCS major focuses on the histories and cultures of African Americans, Chicanos and Latinos, Asian Americans, Multiracial Americans, and Native American Indians so that students may understand more deeply America’s multicultural heritage and future. Correspondingly, the teaching and research interests of our faculty explore how race and ethnicity intersect with power and inequality. Some of these areas of expertise are: Race and Representation; Race and Equality in Education; Race and Popular Culture; Race and Ethnicity in the Arts, Literature and Media; Race and Globalization; Multiracial Experience; Civil Rights Movement; Social Policy; Decolonization and Indigenization.

The AMCS degree is versatile as evidenced by our graduates who are now practicing lawyers, college professors, social workers, educators, student affairs professionals, academic counselors, nonprofit administrators, arts administrators, and social entrepreneurs.

Come and explore the AMCS Program. Visit us in Nichols 214; call x4-2148; or contact our faculty:;;