Ethnic Studies Undergraduate Courses

Some courses may not be offered every year. Check with the college or department office for current information about when specific courses are offered.  

 

For course syllabi, see the departmental website.

 

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  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.  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 hours 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.  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.  AHI

 

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 hours 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.  CU

 

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  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 six hours of credit for Ethnic Studies Minor and BAIS.  May be repeated for up to 12 hours 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 six hours of credit for Ethnic Studies Minor and BAIS.  May be repeated for up to 12 hours 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  408 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE      (1-12)

Individualized supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or organization. Pass-fail only.  Department consent required.  

 

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  485 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH      (1-6)

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

 

ES  497 INDEPENDENT STUDY      (1-6)

Individualized approach to selected topics by guided reading and critical evaluation. Letter grade or pass-fail.  Department consent required.  

 

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, intersectionalty, multiculturalism and identity. Prerequisite:  two courses - (ES 191 or WST 191) and (ES 215 or SOC 215) and (ES 356 or POS 356) 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.