Prepare for a major in American Ethnic Studies by taking recommended courses to fulfill the requirements of a transfer degree. 

American Ethnic Studies includes African American, American Indian, Asian American, Latino/a and Multicultural Studies and Ethnomusicology. Students use the conceptual and comparative tools of history, political science and sociology to analyze lived experiences of diverse racial and ethnic peoples in the U.S. Courses explore race, gender, social class, power and privilege to guide students toward active citizenship and ethical decision making. Students develop skills essential to promoting equity and justice in the U.S. and the world.

The Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) is part of Shoreline’s General Transfer program and is designed to meet the first two years of requirements of most four-year degrees.

Completion Award
Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement
Length of Study
90 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
On Campus

  1. Describe differences and similarities in how people across the globe experience social, cultural, economic, or political systems.
  2. Examine the interactions between societies and individuals.
  3. Apply methods of a specific discipline to interpret an expression of the human experience.
  4. Identify methods scientists use to explain aspects of the natural world.
  5. Use scientific laboratory practices within a field or discipline to investigate a scientific concept.

In addition to the outcomes above, students will gain the skills and knowledge included in Shoreline Student Learning Outcomes (SSLOs): Communication, Critical Thinking, Equity & Social Justice, Information Literacy, and Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning.

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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.

Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter
WA-Resident Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
1 credit $145.17  $245.71  $339.54 $162.51
5 credits $673.85  $1,176.57  $1,645.70  $760.55
12 credits (full-time) $1,462.52  $2,476.40 $3,422.10  $1,637.76
15 credits $1,641.05 $2,667.59  $3,624.45 $1,819.05

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Fees
Approximately $20 - $120 per quarter, depending on courses selected

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