Program Purpose: Students of Ethnic Studies learn to reframe and centralize the experiences of African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicano-Latinos, and Native Americans in the United States. Not just a passive study, Ethnic Studies emphasize resistance and liberation in order to eliminate all forms of injustice and racial oppression.
The Ethnic Studies department at Moorpark College offers courses that introduce students to the discipline. Students who take these courses are better-informed American citizens and are uniquely positioned to enter an increasingly diverse workforce. Ethnic Studies courses fulfill general education and transfer requirements and are essential building blocks in a variety of degrees.
Provides an interdisciplinary survey of Chicana/o culture and heritage through the centuries with an emphasis on the contemporary experience in the United States. Analyzes the economic, political, social, artistic and intellectual elements of the Chicana/o community, and studies the changing roles of the Chicana/o in American society.
Provides an interdisciplinary survey of African American culture and heritage from the 1600s to the present. Analyzes the economic, political, social, artistic and intellectual elements of the African American community. Explores concepts such as racialization, the intersection of class and gender, white supremacy and liberation while paying particular attention to the significant impact that African Americans have had on American culture as a whole.
Introduces foundational concepts and theories of the Ethnic Studies discipline by focusing on the four historically racialized groups in the United States: Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans and the Chicana/o community. Explores the social and political construction of race and ethnicity and emphasizes liberation, self-determination, and contemporary activism.