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Courses for the Major

ETST 101 (3)

Introduction to Ethnic Studies

Introduces the field of Ethnic Studies as an interdisciplinary introduction to racial-ethnic discrimination experienced by aggrieved populations, historically and contemporarily. Subjects include contact and conquest, colonialism and imperialism, racism, resistance and empowerment within a domestic context primarily.

ETST 301 (3)

Ethnic Studies and Society

Examines social, political, economic and/or educational issues that bear historical and contemporary significance for racial-ethnic populations. Also considers the ways that marginalized communities lobby for, pursue or create communities that are affirming, sustaining and transformative.

ETST 310 (3)

Theories and Concepts in Ethnic Studies

Surveys interdisciplinary theories and concepts that help interpret and analyze racial-ethnic (along with class, gender and sexuality) dynamics and relations, domestically and/or internationally. May include theories of intersectionality, critical race studies, settler colonialism, race and racism, postcolonial or diaspora(s). Prerequisite: ETST 101.

ETST 320 (3)

Critical Methodologies

Introduction to social science methods for conducting research in racial-ethnic communities. Students learn ethical considerations for entering and exiting marginalized communities. Attention to various qualitative methods (i.e., focus groups, participant observation, needs assessment, field notes, interviews, and analysis of documents, texts, or archives) as a means to understand and contribute to empowering affected communities. Opportunities to implement, collect, and/or analyze data. Enrollment restricted to students with Junior or Senior standing. Enrollment requirements: ETST 101 and 301. Corequisite: ETST 310.

ETST 400 (3)

Senior Seminar

Students demonstrate mastery in theories and methods of Ethnic Studies and in one of three themes of their choice. Expectation that students integrate, synthesize and apply prior course work in the major to complete an original project that examines a social issue from their selected theme that impacts a racial-ethnic community. Enrollment requirements: Completion of all core courses for the major. 

ETST 420 (3)

Special Topics in Ethnic Studies

Advanced study in a specialized topic or issue of Ethnic Studies. A course description will be available before registration in the semester offered. This course will support one or more of the themes. May be repeated for credit as topics change for a total of six (6) units.  Students should check the class schedule for listing of actual topics.

ETST 495 (3)

Internship: Fieldwork in Racial-Ethnic Communities

Offers students an opportunity to meld academics with work or service settings. Requires students be placed in an organization that serves historically marginalized populations. Internships may be for a non-profit, government or tribal agency, grassroots organization, or private enterprise and, may be paid or unpaid.

ETST 499 (1-3)

Independent Study

For students who wish to develop an individual research project with a professor. Number of units decided between instructor and student. Enrollment restricted to students who have obtained instructor consent.