Courses Offered

ETHS 2050 - Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3 units)

The field of Ethnic Studies emerges in the late 1960s in the San Francisco Bay area during an intensified political context in the US and around the world. Grounded in this history, this interdisciplinary course provides an introduction to the discipline and contours of Ethnic Studies. Through lectures, discussions, and presentations, this course will examine the origins and history of Ethnic Studies in relation to student protest and community activism.

ETHS 2000- The African American Experience (3 units) 

The African American Experience course captures the historical, sociological, political, economic, and public policy experiences and perspectives of people of African descent throughout the United States and throughout the diaspora.  The course will focus on slavery, emancipation, and reconstruction with an emphasis on movements of liberation, self-determination, and the affirmation of equal rights. 

ETHS 2100- The Chicana/o-Latina/o Experience (3 units)

 This course will examine the historical, economic, social and political forces shaping the Chicana/o and Latina/o experience in the United States. The course will expose students to a critical mapping of the various struggles faced by Chicana/os and Latina/os, and the enduring relationship to socially constructed categories of racial, ethnic, class, gender, and sexual differences across and within different regions of the United States. 

ETHS 2200- The Asian American Experience (3 units)

This course is an introduction to Asian American Studies and the Asian American experience. The diversity and contemporary issues of Asian American communities will be examined. The racialized experiences of Asian Americans will be analyzed through theoretical concepts and application. Collective action and empowerment in Asian American communities will also be explored. 

ETHS 3100- Asian Americans in Media and Popular Culture (3 units)

This course critiques dominant representations of Asian Americans in media and popular culture. The ways in which media and art are used by Asian Americans for social change will also be explored. Students create their own forms of media and art to accurately represent Asian Americans. 

ETHS 3110- Chicano Images in Film (3 units) 

This course focuses on cinematic representations of Chicano/as-Latino/as. In particular, we will critically examine depictions of Latino/as in mainstream and independent films, historical and social contexts in which such representations take place, and movies that challenge conventional stereotypes and mainstream narratives.

ETHS 3115- Chican@ and Latin@ Cultural Production (3 units)

A critical approach to Chican@ and Latin@ art, cultural production, and activism. The diverse experiences and social issues of Chican@ and Latin@ populations will be examined through artistic expression and cultural production. The course also applies art and cultural production for social change and awareness.

ETHS 3300 - The Hmong American Experience (3 units)

This course examines the multi-generational Hmong American experience. Examines the history and contemporary issues of Hmong Americans in relation to other immigrant and minority groups. 

ETHS 4200- The Minority Experience (3 units)

A study of the history, culture, and current problems of racial and ethnic minorites with emphasis on cultural clashes, curriculum development. and the psychology of each major group. i.e., African American, Chicano, Asian American, and Native American.

ETHS 4250- California Ethnic Experience (3 units)

This course examines the experience of racial and ethnic minorities in California. Course will emphasize the major ethnic and racial groups residing in California and will address the shifting meanings of race and ethnicity over time. Discussion will include issues impacting ethnic groups, as well as ethnic contributions to the making of California. Course will help prospective teachers know the various perspectives needed to better prepare them to teach more effectively in today’s diverse classrooms and to work with today’s diverse parents. Designed specifically for future teachers. (LIBS Integrative: Social Inquiry) 

ETHS 4350- Multiculturalism: Bias to Reality (3 units)

Course examines progressive changes from conventional majoritarian bias to consciousness and identity formation of systematically disadvantaged groups in the United States. Course will spotlight the ethnic perspectives of Native American, Chicano, African American, and Asian American experiences that have contributed to the articulation of the ideal of multiculturalism and diversity.

ETHS/ SOCL 4430- Contemporary U.S. Immigration (3 units)

The racial and ethnic composition of the American population continues to change, therby reshaping and redefining American identity. This course explores U.S. immigration policies and patterns, why people migrate across international borders, and citizenship and examines how immigrants and their children ultimately become part of the mainstream of American society.