The ICS interdisciplinary major, leading to an A.A. degree or transfer in Intercultural Studies, represents the joint commitment of the African American, Asian Pacific American, Chicano, Latin American, Native American and Intercultural Studies programs to provide a core curriculum whose educational objectives include:
- Develop a methodology emphasizing comparative analyses of the history and contemporary issues and positions of Third World peoples;
- Develop research capabilities that will allow students to compile and analyze information from a Third World perspective;
- Teach ethnicity theory, race relations theory, feminist theory, cross-cultural communications theory and explore multidimensional issues of racism, institutions and power.
The major also examines the need for shared pluralism and provides expertise in areas that will allow students to pursue professional training so that they may provide services to Third World communities and effect positive social change.