Courses Offered

ETHS 2000: Introduction to Black/African American Studies (Spring)
The lower-division course examines how Black/African American Studies emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s during an intensified political context in the U.S. and around the world. Students, faculty, and community members organized to improve their realities, which included establishing and institutionalizing the field in higher education. Through lectures, discussions, and presentations, this course will examine the origins and history of Black/African American Studies in relation to student protest and community activism

ETHS 2050: Introduction to Ethnic Studies (Fall/Spring)
This lower-division course examines the field of Ethnic Studies, which emerges in the late 1960s in the San Francisco Bay area during an intensified political context in the US and around the world. Students, faculty, and community members organized to improve their realities, which included establishing and institutionalizing the field in higher education. Through lectures, discussions, and presentations, this course focuses on the origins and history of Ethnic Studies in relation to student protest and community activism.

ETHS 2100: Introduction to Chicanx and Latinx Studies (Fall)
This lower-division course examines how Chicano/a/x and Latino/a/x Studies emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s during an intensified political context in the U.S. and around the world. Students, faculty, and community members organized to improve their realities, which included establishing and institutionalizing the field in higher education. Through lectures, discussions, and presentations, this course will examine the origins and history of Chicanx/Latinx Studies in relation to student protest and community activism.

ETHS 2200: The Asian American Experience (Spring)
This lower-division course is an introduction to Asian American experiences in the U.S. In particular, the course focuses on contemporary issues that Asian American communities face. The course explores a variety of themes, including: racialization, identity, and collective action and empowerment.

ETHS 2300: Introduction to Native American/Indigenous Studies (Fall)
The lower-division course examines how Native American/Indigenous Studies emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s during an intensified political context in the U.S. and around the world. Students, faculty, and community members organized to improve their realities, which included establishing and institutionalizing the field in higher education. Through lectures, discussions, and presentations, this course will examine the origins and history of Native American/Indigenous Studies in relation to student protest and community activism.

ETHS 3100: Asian Americans in Media and Popular Culture (Spring)
This upper-division course examines dominant representations of Asian Americans in media and popular culture. The class also explores the ways in which media and art are used by Asian Americans for social change. Students create their own forms of media and art to represent Asian Americans in multifaceted ways.

ETHS 3115: Chican@ and Latin@ Cultural Production (Spring)
This upper-division course provides a critical approach to Chican@ and Latin@ art, cultural production, and activism. In addition, the class examines the diverse experiences and social issues of Chican@ and Latin@ populations through artistic expression and cultural production. Through the course, student learn and apply art and cultural production for social change and awareness.

ETHS 3225: Black/African American Experiences (Fall)
This upper-division course examines the experiences of Black/African American communities in the U.S. and beyond. In particular, this course focuses on the historical and contemporary experiences of Black/African American populations through a variety of perspectives, including interdisciplinary, critical, intersectional, and decolonial.

ETHS 3300 - The Hmong American Experience (Fall)
This upper-division course examines the multi-generational Hmong American experience in the US. Also, the class focuses on the history and contemporary issues of Hmong Americans in relation to other immigrant and underrepresented groups.

ETHS 3600: Indigenous Perspective in Theatre (Spring)
This upper-division course examines how indigenous playwrights write about the social, political, and economic disparities that contribute to how their community forms an Indigenous identity. By writing about and discussing these plays, students will gain a deeper understanding of what it means to think about indigenous concerns and advocate against the stereotypes, misrepresentations, racism, and erasure that often affects Native peoples in the Americas. 

ETHS 3900: Writing, Race, and Power (Spring)
This upper-division course examine writings that focus on the subject of race and other forms of power (including those of ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality). The course explores how writing is central to both the production and deconstruction of race and power. Students will read and write about a variety of Ethnic Studies, such as: 1) authors from underrepresented backgrounds; 2) writings about marginalized experiences; 3) examining racial controversies in society.

ETHS 4000: The Mexican American Family (Fall)
This upper-division course focuses on Chicana/o/x and Latino/a/x familial formation in the US. Through a variety of perspectives, including historical, contemporary, transnational, and intersectional, the course examines how power affects Chicana/o and Latinx families across space and time. In particular, the course studies contemporary themes and challenges that Chicano/a/x and Latino/a/x families face in the 21st century.

ETHS 4040: Education for Social Justice (Fall/Spring):
The upper-division course focuses on how education can help create more fair and just societies. The class focuses on institutional challenges, educational policies, social problems, and solutions in and through K-12 education. Furthermore, the course examines how underserved groups in educational institutions are affected by various systems of inequities, such as: racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, and ableism.

ETHS 4200: Racial/Ethnic Experiences (Fall/Spring)
This upper-division course explores racial and ethnic experiences of underrepresented groups in the US. Through an interdisciplinary and critical approach, the course examines the concepts of race and ethnicity and how they are produced over time. Furthermore, the course examines race and ethnicity as they relate to multiple forms of power including gender, class, sexuality, and nationality.

ETHS 4250: California Ethnic and Racial Awareness (Fall/Spring)
This upper-division course focuses on becoming aware of experiences of underrepresented racial and ethnic populations in California. The first part of the course addresses shifting meanings of race and ethnicity over time. The second part of the course emphasizes California’s major underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, as well as their contributions to the making of California.

ETHS 4350: Racial Inequities in Education (Fall/Spring)
This upper-division course examines how educational inequities systemically disadvantage underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. In particular, the class critically analyzes educational institutions that contribute to racial inequities in K-12 and higher education. The course provides a historical overview and contemporary critique of education and racism in society.

ETHS/SOCL 4430: Contemporary U.S. Immigration (Fall)
This upper-division course examines how racial and ethnic composition of the American population changes, shapes, challenges, and redefines mainstream American identity. Also, the course explores many critical topics, including: U.S. immigration policies and patterns; citizenship and nationality; why people migrate across international borders; and how migrants and their children are included/excluded in larger American society.

ETHS 4350: Ethnic Studies Research (Spring)
This upper-division course focuses on approaches and perspectives in Ethnic Studies that informs research and scholarship about communities of color. The course provides: 1) an overview of the importance of Ethnic Studies research in the study of racial and indigenous groups: 2) research methods used in Ethnic Studies, and 3) a critique of traditional modes of knowledge production. Students conduct original research projects as part of the class.

ETHS 4360: Theories and Concepts (Spring)
This upper-division course draws on theoretical scholarship in the humanities and social sciences to examine questions, issues, and concerns that are central to the field of Ethnic Studies. In addition, this course focuses on scholarship that theorizes the experiences of historically underrepresented groups in the U.S. and beyond, shedding light to the mutual, yet distinct, historical, contemporary, social, and global contexts.

ETHS 4940: Field Work in Ethnic Studies (Varies)
This upper-division course serves a bridge between the university and local communities. Through the course, students intern, work, or volunteer in a school, community organization, agency, institution in the region by putting into practice Ethnic Studies education.