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Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies (ETHNS) Courses

ETHNS 299 Experimental Offering in Ethnic Studies

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2022

This is the experimental courses description.


ETHNS 300 Introduction to Ethnic Studies

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:ENGWR 300 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area D; CSU Area
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2022

This course introduces students to Ethnic Studies and the diverse institutional, cultural, and historical issues relating to the past and present life circumstances and intersectional identities of the four core Ethnic populations of Asian Americans, Chicanx/Latinx Americans, African Americans, and Native/Indigenous Americans within the United States.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • analyze and articulate concepts of Ethnic Studies, including but not limited to race and ethnicity, racialization, equity, ethno-centrism, eurocentrism, white supremacy, self-determination, liberation, decolonization and anti-racism.
  • apply Identity, Conflict, Critical Race, Liberation and Cultural Capital theories to describe critical events in the histories, cultures and intellectual traditions, with special focus on the lived-experiences and social struggles of the four historically defined racialized core groups: Native Americans, African Americans, Chicanx/Latinx Americans and Asian Americans, emphasizing agency and group-affirmation.
  • critically discuss the intersection of race and ethnicity with other forms of difference affected by hierarchy and oppression, such as class, gender, sexuality, religion, spirituality, national origin, immigration status, ability and/or age.
  • describe how struggle, resistance, social justice, solidarity and liberation as experienced by communities of color are relevant to current issues.
  • demonstrate active engagement with anti-racist issues, practices and movements to build a diverse, just and equitable society beyond the classroom.

ETHNS 320 The African American Experience

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:ENGWR 300 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area VI
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2022

This course introduces students to Ethnic Studies and the diverse institutional, cultural, and historical issues relating to the past and present life circumstances of African Americans within the United States. This course is interdisciplinary in nature and presents an overview of the cultural, economic, historic, social, and political issues in the life of African Americans in the United States. It will expose students of all ethnic backgrounds to the issues germane to the experience of African Americans in the United States.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • analyze and articulate concepts of Ethnic Studies, including but not limited to race and ethnicity, racialization, equity, ethnocentrism, euro-centrism, white supremacy, self-determination, liberation, decolonization and anti-racism.
  • apply Identity, Conflict, Critical Race, Liberation and Cultural Capital theories to describe critical events in the histories, cultures and intellectual traditions, with special focus on the lived-experiences and social struggles of African Americans, emphasizing agency and group-affirmation.
  • critically discuss the intersection of race and ethnicity with other forms of difference affected by hierarchy and oppression, such as class, gender, sexuality, religion, spirituality, national origin, immigration status, ability and/or age.
  • describe how struggle, resistance, social justice, solidarity and liberation as experienced by African American communities are relevant to current social and political issues.
  • demonstrate active engagement with anti-racist issues, practices and movements to build a diverse, just and equitable society beyond the classroom.

ETHNS 330 The Asian American Experience in America

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:ENGWR 300 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area VI
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2022

This course introduces students to Ethnic Studies and the diverse institutional, cultural, and historical issues relating to the past and present life circumstances and intersectional identities of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • analyze and articulate concepts of Ethnic Studies, including but not limited to race and ethnicity, racialization, equity, ethno-centrism, eurocentrism, white supremacy, self-determination, liberation, decolonization and anti-racism.
  • apply Identity, Conflict, Critical Race, Liberation and Cultural Capital theories to describe critical events in the histories, cultures and intellectual traditions, with special focus on the lived-experiences and social struggles of Asian Americans, emphasizing agency and group-affirmation. Explain the ideology of white supremacy as a means to understanding it (White Supremacy) as the organizing system of race relations in the U.S. Discuss the social, cultural and structural conditions that compelled the Asian American social movements (collective action) and organizations in the U.S.
  • critically discuss the intersection of race and ethnicity with other forms of difference affected by hierarchy and oppression, such as class, gender, sexuality, religion, spirituality, national origin, immigration status, ability and/or age.
  • describe how struggle, resistance, social justice, solidarity and liberation as experienced by communities of color are relevant to current issues. Use an interdisciplinary lens to explain the dimensions of progress for Asian Americans in the U.S. Develop concrete solutions to address the contemporary issues uniquely facing Asian Americans in the U.S.
  • demonstrate active engagement with anti-racist issues, practices and movements to build a diverse, just and equitable society beyond the classroom. List and describe contemporary social issues facing Asian Americans in the U.S.

ETHNS 340 Chicanos/Mexican Americans in the U.S.

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:ENGWR 300 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area VI
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2022

This course introduces students to the diverse institutional, cultural, and historical issues relating to the past and present life circumstances and intersectional identities of Chicana/o/x Americans within the United States. Specifically, this course examines and redefines the lives of Chicana/o/x Americans through their own experiences from the inside looking out at the world.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • analyze and articulate concepts of Ethnic Studies, including but not limited to race and ethnicity, racialization, equity, ethnocentrism, euro-centrism, white supremacy, self-determination, liberation, decolonization and anti-racism.
  • apply Identity, Conflict, Critical Race, Liberation and Cultural Capital theories to describe critical events in the histories, cultures and intellectual traditions, with special focus on the lived-experiences and social struggles of Chicana/o/x, emphasizing agency and group-affirmation.
  • critically discuss the intersection of race and ethnicity with other forms of difference affected by hierarchy and oppression, such as class, gender, sexuality, religion, spirituality, national origin, immigration status, ability and/or age.
  • describe how struggle, resistance, social justice, solidarity and liberation as experienced by Chicana/o/x communities are relevant to current social and political issues.
  • demonstrate active engagement with anti-racist issues, practices and movements to build a diverse, just and equitable society beyond the classroom.

ETHNS 350 Introduction to Native American Studies

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:ENGWR 300 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area VI
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2022

This course introduces students to Ethnic Studies and the diverse institutional, cultural, and historical issues relating to the past and present life circumstances and intersectional identities of Native Americans/American Indians within the United States. This course is a survey of traditional cultures of Native Americans/American Indians focusing on the social, religious, economic, and artistic practices. The antiquity, distribution, and linguistic histories of Native American/American Indian cultures are integrated with the contemporary status of Native peoples regarding social change and adaptation.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • analyze and articulate concepts of Ethnic Studies, including but not limited to race and ethnicity, racialization, equity, ethno-centrism, eurocentrism, white supremacy, self-determination, liberation, decolonization and anti-racism.
  • apply Identity, Conflict, Critical Race (Tribal Critical Race), Liberation and Cultural Capital theories to describe critical events in the histories, cultures and intellectual traditions, with special focus on the lived-experiences and social struggles of Native Americans/American Indians emphasizing agency and group-affirmation.
  • critically discuss the intersection of race and ethnicity with other forms of difference affected by hierarchy and oppression, such as class, gender, sexuality, religion, spirituality, national origin, immigration status, ability and/or age.
  • describe how struggle, resistance, social justice, solidarity and liberation as experienced by Native American/ American Indian communities are relevant to current issues.
  • demonstrate active engagement with anti-racist issues, practices and movements to build a diverse, just and equitable society beyond the classroom.
  • comprehend and compare the issues of sovereignty and nationhood relative to Native nations.
  • identify and evaluate forms of cultural retention, transmission, and adaptation.

ETHNS 499 Experimental Offering in Ethnic Studies

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:January 1, 2022

This is the experimental courses description.