Ethnic Studies

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Program Phone


Mona Scott Figueroa, Ed.D.

Residential Faculty - American Indian Studies and Sociology


480-461-7064 (alternate)

Office: SC 14 - Room: 73

This program is part of the Cultural Science Department.

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Culture and Society
Ethnic Studies

One of the most important qualities to have in a job are people skills and the ability to interact and work with people of different backgrounds. By raising awareness of other ethnicities’ experiences and cultures, we can begin to break down the walls of misconceptions and learn how to relate and communicate better with one another — thereby strengthening our bond to build stronger relationships with people of different cultures.

Our Ethnic Studies program focuses on the interdisciplinary study of race and ethnicity and explores the unique experiences of Mexican Americans and African Americans. Our knowledgeable instructors will use critical thinking, inquiry, and discourse to explore the history and cultures, as well as socio-economic concerns, literature, gender and sexual identities, religions, and inter- / intra-group dynamics of these ethnicities.

Successful completion of this program may open doors to employment opportunities with government agencies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, community organizing, law firms, hospitals, business and economics, counseling, journalism, global development, and research organizations.

Make it happen today — enroll in the Ethnic Studies program.


The knowledge and skills acquired while earning a Certificate of Completion (CCL) can help launch you into a new career or energize your current job. Generally requiring fewer credit hours than degrees or transfer programs, a CCL may be your best first step into higher education.

A list of available certificates offered in the Ethnic Studies program
Name Type Title Courses
Academic Certificate AC African-American Studies

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of a certificate within the Ethnic Studies program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Postsecondary Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers


* Career and wage information provided by Lightcast using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Lightcast’s proprietary analytical processes. Lightcast’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

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