Your  Account:

Courses in the Program

  • 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 220 (3): The Cultural Politics of Hip Hop
    Introduces and examines the historical and contemporary significance of hip hop culture in the U.S. and abroad. Focuses on the ways in which Black communities and other historically oppressed communities employ the many forms of hip hop culture toward community empowerment and social justice. Topics include but are not limited to: hip hop cultural productions with respect to issues of race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, nation,and technology.
  • ETST 221 (3): Race, Neighborhoods, and Cities
    Introduces the study of race and ethnicity with respect to space and place. Explores the ways in which historically oppressed communities are affected by and respond to issues of migration, segregation, housing inequity, gentrification, and displacement.  Focuses on specific neighborhoods, cities, counties, and/or regions, local or otherwise, as case studies.
  • ETST 222 (3): Race and Resistance in the Digital World
    Surveys the ways in which race and ethnicity have shaped debates about politics, power,and digital technologies. Emphasizes how historically oppressed peoples use digitalmedia to build community and struggle for social justice.
  • ETST 226 (3): Race and the University
    Introduces issues of race and social justice as central for understanding the university. Covers diversity, equity, and inclusion; liberal multiculturalism; student activism; education and labor justice; historical and contemporary struggles for ethnic studies.
  • ETST 250 (3): Intersectionality and Social Justice
    Introduces intersectionality as a core framework for understanding social justice. Explores the development and uses of intersectionality by women of color feminists in different contexts, historically and contemporarily. Study intersectionality as a mode of inquiry, as theory, and as a practice to aid understanding of oppression and resistance.
  • 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): Ethnic Studies 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. E

    nrollment 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.
  • ETST 252 (3): Activist Reflections
    Examines historical and contemporary activists who advocate for social change locally, state-wide, and/or nationally, exploring their accomplishments and challenges in the pursuit of justice and liberation for communities of color. Explores meanings of activism, activists, and solidarities.