Critical Multicultural Studies is the study of the social construction of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and their relationship to power and privilege. Students of Multicultural Studies learn to revisit, re-envision, and re-articulate dominant understandings of United States history and culture. Together students explore dominant modes of understanding, and discuss possible alternatives to these modes of knowing and being. Multicultural Studies conveys practical skills in problem-solving, and recognizing the implications of interdependence among diverse cultures. In Multicultural Studies classes, students build communication strategies rooted in their own identities and access powerful tools for building alliances across major categories of difference.
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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Multicultural Studies prepares students to succeed in any field or discipline that involves the analysis of power dynamics at the interpersonal and structural levels. This includes, but is not limited to, Communication Studies, History; American Ethnic Studies; Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies; Sociology; English; Geography; and Social Work.

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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