Courses

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Examples of courses offered by Ethnic Studies include:

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ES  100 INTRODUCTION TO ETHNIC STUDIES (3)

This course offers an explanation of the social, political, historical and cultural experiences of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino(as)/Chicano(as), and Native Americans in the United States.  Letter grade only.  CUE

ES  100H INTRODUCTION TO ETHNIC STUDIES - HONORS (3)

This course offers an explanation of the social, political, historical and cultural experiences of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino(as)/Chicano(as), and Native Americans in the United States.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group  CUE 

ES  150 INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES (3)

The purpose of this course is to expose students to the cultural history of African Americans.  Letter grade only.  AHIE

ES  160 INTRODUCTION TO LATINO(A)/CHICANO(A) STUDIES (3)

This course offers an examination of the social, political, historical and cultural experiences of Latino(as)/Chicano(as) in the United States with particular emphasis on U.S.-Mexico borderlands.  Letter grade only.  AHIE 

ES  160H INTRODUCTION TO LATINO(A)/CHICANO(A) STUDIES - HONORS (3)

This course offers an examination of the social, political, historical and cultural experiences of Latino(as)/Chicano(as) in the United States with particular emphasis on U.S.-Mexico borderlands.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group  AHIE 

ES  191 WOMEN, GENDER IDENTITY AND ETHNICITY (3)

Focuses on the significance of gender and ethnic minority identities in society, providing a non-traditional, interdisciplinary, and comparative perspective on the experiences of women in the U.S.  Cross-listed with WGS 191.  Letter grade only.  CUE

ES  199 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3)

Foundations of intellectual inquiry. In-depth study of a substantive problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

ES  200 RACE, IDENTITY AND FILM (3)

This course explores cinematic representations of people of color and race relations in the United States from an interdisciplinary perspective.  Letter grade only.  AHIE

ES  215 RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS (3)

Characteristics of minority-dominant relationships, their formation, stabilization, and modification in terms of discrimination, segregation, conflict, power, and assimilation.  Cross-listed with SOC 215.  Letter grade only.  SPWE 

ES  250 AFRICANA WOMEN (3)

Focuses on Africana women in the U.S. and their experiences as writers, musicians, artists, and/or activists, using critical insights from literature, cultural studies, humanities, political science, psychology, history, and sociology.  Letter grade only.  AHIE

ES  255 "AUTHENTIC INDIAN":  GENDER AND INDIGENOUS REPRESENTATION (3)

Examines the relationship and negotiation of gender and culture as they are represented within and concerning Indigenous peoples/communities.  We will focus on U.S. forms of representation in popular experiences, e.g., literature, film, media.   Cross-listed with AIS 255 and WGS 255.  Letter grade only.  AHIE

ES  299 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem.  Letter grade only.   May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

ES  300 GLOBAL RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS (3)

The purpose of this course is to understand global race and ethnic politics and relations.  Letter grade only.  SPWG

ES  325 "SISTER NATION":  INDIGENOUS WOMEN IN THE U.S. (3)

This course focuses on a deeper theoretical and an applied understanding of how Indigenous women understand themselves, their communities, and responsibilities.  We utilize and demand a comprehension of Western and Indigenous knowledge systems.   Cross-listed with AIS 325 and WGS 325.  Letter grade only.  CUE 

ES  356 RACE, POWER AND POLITICS (3)

Studies race, politics, and power from historical, theoretical, comparative, and public policy perspectives.  Content varies.  Cross-listed with POS 356.  Letter grade only.  CUE

ES  358 CRITICAL RACE THEORY (3)

Examines theoretical perspectives on race in the United States, with an emphasis on how race is defined and reproduced through politics and law.  Letter grade only.  CUE

ES  378 ASIAN AMERICAN HISTORY (3)

A critical examination of the historical experience of Asian Americans as an ethnic minority group in the United States within the context of US and world history.  Cross-listed w/ HIS 378.  Letter grade only.  SPWE

ES  391 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ETHNIC STUDIES (3)

Presents interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches  for the study of race and ethnic minorities in the United States.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit for Ethnic Studies Minor and BAIS.  May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit for university electives and liberal studies as long as the topic is not repeated.  Letter grade only.  CUE

ES  391H SPECIAL TOPICS IN ETHNIC STUDIES - HONORS (3)

Presents interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches  for the study of race and ethnic minorities in the United States.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit for Ethnic Studies Minor and BAIS.  May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit for university electives and liberal studies as long as the topic is not repeated.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group  CUE

ES  392 TOPICS IN GLOBAL RACE AND ETHNIC DIVERSITY (3)

Course examines race/ethnicity and their intersections with cultural arrangements such as gender and the impact of historical forces such as colonization and resistance on cultural arrangements in non-western communities.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit. Prerequisite:  ES 100 or Junior status or higher  CUG

ES  399 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

ES  408 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE (1-12)

Individualized supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or organization.  Department consent required.  Pass-fail only.  No repeat limit.

ES  425 "WHEN SCIENCE RULED THE WORLD":  RACE, GENDER, AND SCIENCE (3)

Explores how Western/European science has delineated and determined race and gender definitions, social expectations, and institutional constructions with particular attention to historical implications and scientific precepts that impact women and people of color.  Cross-listed with WGS 425.  Letter grade only.

ES  484 RACISM IN U.S. SCHOOLS AND SOCIETY:  INVESTIGATING WHITENESS AND CONSTRUCTIONS OF RACE (3)

This course examines the cultural, ideological, and institutional aspects of racism in schools, with a special focus on how race has been constructed and how whiteness operates and is maintained.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite:  Junior Status or higher 

ES  485 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (1-6)

Original research under the supervision of an adviser.  Department consent required.  Letter grade or pass-fail.  May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit.

ES  497 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-6)

Individualized approach to selected topics by guided reading and critical evaluation.  Department consent required.  Letter grade or pass-fail.  No repeat limit.

ES  498C SEMINAR IN ETHNIC STUDIES (3)

The Capstone Seminar in Ethnic studies will provide an in depth examination of relevant topics in the field of Ethnic Studies, centering on one or more of the following:  African American Studies, Asian/Pacific American Studies, Chicano/Latino Studies, and/or Native American Studies.  This capstone course encourages student to think critically about contemporary issues from a historical and multidisciplinary perspective.  Critical insights may be drawn from disciplines such as literature, cultural studies, education, political science, psychology, history, intersectionality, multiculturalism and identity.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite:  Junior Status or higher  CAP

ES  499 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 3 units of credit.

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ES  584 RACISM IN U.S. SCHOOLS AND SOCIETY: INVESTIGATING WHITENESS AND CONSTRUCTIONS OF RACE (3)

 

This course examines the cultural, ideological, and institutional aspects of racism in schools, with a special focus on how race has been constructed and how whiteness operates and is maintained.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite:  Graduate Status 

ES  599 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area.  Pass-fail or letter grade.

ES  600 CRITICAL APPROACHES TO ETHNIC STUDIES (3)

This course will introduce students to the critical approaches to Ethnic Studies from a variety of disciplines and theoretical perspectives.  Letter grade only.

ES  608 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE (1-12)

Supervised field experience in an appropriate agency, organization, or situation.  May not exceed 12 units of credit.  Pass-fail only.

ES  685 GRADUATE RESEARCH (1-6)

Individualized directed research on selected topics.  Pass-fail or letter grade.

ES  697 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3)

 

Letter grade or pass-fail.  No repeat limit.