Culture, People and Ideas

Culture, People and Ideas programs at Cuyamaca College engage students in the study of global cultures as well as the rich cultures and experiences of African American, Asian American, Latino/a/x American, Middle Eastern American, and Native American peoples, with a focus on the Kumeyaay. These programs also examine the connections between current events and the past; the meaning of human existence, values, and knowledge; as well as culture, religion, and human creativity.

Careers you can explore in Culture, People and Ideas Programs

Students following this career path can find employment in law and business; nonprofit and advocacy work; research; museums, archives, and historical sites; education; government service, politics, lobbying, and diplomacy; religious institutions; and journalism and publishing.

After transferring to a University and getting their B.A., some students go directly into private, nonprofit, or public sector employment, while others continue their education by pursuing advanced degrees (M.A. or PhD) or single-subject teaching credentials.

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's"Labor Market for Recent College Graduates" report, the mid-career median salary for History majors is $70,000 a year, for Ethnic Studies majors it is $80,000 a year, and for Philosophy majors it is $71,000 a year.


Visit the program pages below and the Career Center to learn more about the different career options available in Culture, People & Ideas programs.

Ethnic Studies

Art and Resistance': New Policies Made By CalTrans Threaten the Rights of  Future Chicano Park Muralists – Step Off! Magazine


Watch: Sojourner Truth Day in Michigan


The Row House Plays Itself - Urban Omnibus

Kumeyaay Studies

Kumeyaay Studies



Religious Studies

Religious Studies



Skills you will learn in Culture, People and Ideas Programs

  • Interpret and evaluate evidence (i.e. primary sources, statistics, archives, existing research, etc.) by analyzing biases, patterns, trends, and relationships. 
  • Evaluate and apply course content to students’ lived experiences and current events.
  • Analyze how power and privilege operate in society, through the categories of race, class, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality.
  • Develop and support arguments using academic and organic evidence (i.e. cultural, traditional, and experiential knowledge).
  • Research and explore career options and/or obtain experience in a career field.
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