Courses Offered

ETHS 2000: Introduction to Black/African American Studies (Fall)
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 Chicano/a/x and Latino/a/x Studies (Spring)
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: Introduction to Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies (Fall)
The lower-division course examines how Asian American/Pacific Islander 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 Asian American/Pacific Islander Studies in relation to student protest and community activism.

ETHS 2300: Introduction to Native American/Indigenous Studies (Spring)
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 2400: Contemporary Race and Ethnic Studies (Spring)
This lower-division course focuses on current contours of the field of Ethnic Studies in relation to oppression and power of underrepresented groups in U.S. society since the 1980s. The course also examines contemporary dimensions of student activism and community protest movements of underrepresented populations through regional, national, and global perspectives.

ETHS 3100: Asian Americans in Media and Popular Culture (Varies)
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 3110: Chicano Images in Film (Fall/Spring)
This course focuses on cinematic representations of Chicano/a/xs and Latino/a/xs. As part of the course, students have the opportunity to develop a vocabulary to analyze and understand films, write critical reviews of relevant movies, and participate in a cinematic event that includes a public audience.

ETHS 3115: Chican@ and Latin@ Cultural Production (Varies)
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 3125: Afro-Mexican Indigenous Cultural Practice (Fall)
This upper-division course focuses on understanding and participating in the Afro-Mexican Indigenous cultural practice of son jarocho and fandangos. Students learn and engage in cultural performance by learning the genres—which includes strumming the jarana (8-stringed instrument), zapateado (dancing on a wooden plank), singing (mostly in Spanish), and writing verses.

ETHS 3225: Black/African American Experiences (Spring)
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 3275: Chicano/a/x and Latino/a/x Experiences (Fall)
This upper-division course studies the experiences of Chicano/a/x and Latino/a/x communities in the U.S. In particular, this course focuses on the historical and contemporary experiences of Chicano/a/x and Latino/a/x populations through a variety of perspectives, including 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 3350: Asian American and Pacific Islander Experiences (Spring)
This upper-division course studies the experiences of Asian American/Pacific Islander communities in the U.S and beyond. In particular, this course focuses on the historical and contemporary experiences of Asian American/Pacific Islander populations through a variety of perspectives, including critical, intersectional, and decolonial.

ETHS 3400: Native American/Indigenous Experiences (Fall)
This upper-division course studies the experiences of Native American/Indigenous communities in the U.S and beyond. In particular, this course focuses on the historical and contemporary experiences of Native American/Indigenous populations through a variety of perspectives, including critical, intersectional, and decolonial.

ETHS 3600: Indigenous Perspective in Theatre (Varies)
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 3700: Decolonial Spiritualities and Healing Practices (Alternate Fall)
Drawing from underrepresented groups, this upper-division course explores non-traditional spirituality and healing practices in the U.S. and beyond by centering personal and social well-being. In addition to addressing critical topics, the course includes spiritual and healing practices in personal, public, and/or social ways.

ETHS 3900: Writing, Race, and Power (Alternate 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 3950: Producing Media for Social Change (Fall/Spring)
The upper-division applied methods course focuses on producing media to advocate for social and political change. Using a variety of digital technologies, like video cameras, broadcast studio, and smart phones, students will produce creative and original media projects with the goal of contributing to social change.

ETHS 4000: Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x Families (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/x and Latina/o/x families across space and time. In particular, the course studies contemporary themes and challenges that Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/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 4050: Latinx Communities (Varies):
This upper-division course focuses on historical and contemporary formations of Latino/a/x communities in the U.S. Through an overview of diverse Latino/a/x populations in the U.S., the course explores multiple meanings of communities, including those based on geography, affinity, and praxis.

ETHS/GEND 4150: Gender and Ethnicity in Children's Literature and Culture (Fall/Spring)
The course examines representations of gender and ethnicity in children’s literature and media attending to sociohistorical and racial/cultural representation, gender and sexuality, stereotyping, class status, assimilation/ acculturation, multiculturalism, and diversity.

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 4340: Ethnic Studies Research (Alternate 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 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 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 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/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 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.

ETHS 4950: Special Topics Course (Varies)
Survey of selected topics in Ethnic Studies that vary each term.

ETHS 4970: Community Organizing and Activism (Varies)
This upper-division course provides an overview of the ways groups of people organize to enact change in society. From an Ethnic Studies approach, the class explores strategies, tactics, and/or activities of organizing and activism.