Welcome to the IIS Division!
The IIS Division offers a variety of programs and courses that focus on analyzing and understanding culture, language, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, and the histories and contributions of historically marginalized groups. The division is committed to student-centered teaching and increasing your existing cultural knowledge and wealth.
Departments and Areas of Study
- African American Studies (AFAM)
- Asian American and Asian Studies (ASAM)
- Chicanx/Latinx Studies (CHLX)
- Comparative Ethnic Studies (CETH)
- Intercultural Studies (ICS)
- International (Global) Studies (INTL)
- Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS)
- Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WMST)
- World Languages – we offer 12 different languages, from American Sign Language to Vietnamese
NEW General Education: Ethnic Studies Requirement
Any of the following courses will satisfy the new IGETC Area 7 and CSU GE Area F – Ethnic Studies requirement. Check the class schedule or visit the program websites to learn more about these classes:
- AFAM 10: Introduction to African American Studies
- AFAM 11: Sankofa: Roots of the African American Experience
- ASAM 11: Asian Americans and Racism
- CETH 10: Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality
- CETH 29 (also listed as ADMJ 29): Ethnic Studies, Cultural Pluralism and American Law and Justice
- CHLX 10: Introduction to Chicanx/Latinx Studies
- NAIS 12: Ethnic Studies and the Historical Experiences of Native Americans
Updated Class Listings for Ethnic Studies
Many courses that were previously labeled as “Intercultural Studies” are now offered through new departments.
- AFAM (African American Studies)
- ASAM (Asian American and Asian Studies)
- CETH (Comparative Ethnic Studies)
- CHLX (Chicanx and Latinx Studies)
- ICS (Intercultural Studies)
- NAIS (Native American and Indigenous Studies)
All courses offered through these departments will satisfy De Anza's ICS course requirement for an associate degree.
Learning Community Partnerships
Programs in the IIS Divison work closely with Learning Communities on campus, including
- First Year Experience
- IMPACT AAPI
- LEAD (Latinx Empowerment at De Anza)
- Puente Project
- Umoja Community
Videos: "Our Histories, Our Experiences, Our Lives"
This ethnic studies panel series was organized by the IIS Division in 2021 to provide opportunities for everyone on campus to learn from, about and with each other. Each panel dicussion focused on experiences and perspectives relating to one of our core areas of ethnic studies.