American Ethnic Studies
American Ethnic Studies
This course is a survey of traditional and contemporary native cultures of North America. Emphasis will be placed on the anthropological concepts and theories which facilitate an understanding of the rich diversity of American Indian life, including economics, social organization, politics, supernaturalistic beliefs, a variety of current issues and other topics.
This course presents a survey and analysis of United States history from the colonial period through Reconstruction with an emphasis on the role of Native American Indian/ indigenous American peoples. The course emphasizes basic social, political, economic and intellectual concepts and developments of the country in general and the impact of/on Native American Indian peoples in particular.
This course presents a survey and analysis of United States history from the Civil War to the present, with emphases on the role and history of Native American Indians, changing United States Indian policy, and the interactions between divergent cultures. The course emphasizes basic American social, political, economic, and intellectual concepts and developments of the country in general, and the impact of/on Native American Indian peoples in particular. It requires students to analyze a variety of materials, think critically, and write thesis-based essays and/or research papers.
This course will introduce students to Chicana contemporary issues while examining historical events that have shaped the current social, political, cultural, and economic experiences of women of Latin American origin in the United States, with particular emphasis on the experiences of Mexican-origin women. Particular attention to the topic of gender, sexuality, patriarchy, spirituality, indigeneity, and intersectionality will frame this course. These topics will be explored through a critical engagement with interdisciplinary readings, poetry, Chicana popular culture, and film.
This course is a survey of the sculpture, architecture, painting, and related visual arts of Africa and the pre-Columbian Americas. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between the art and the sociological, religious, historical, and philosophical aspects of the cultures studied. Students will learn to identify, evaluate, and appraise the art of Africa and the pre-Columbian Americas.
This course analyzes the patterns of prejudice and discrimination in the United States including their nature, sources, and consequences, and reviews strategies for their reduction. Majority/minority relations among the major social and cultural groups will be given specific examination.
This course provides an interdisciplinary survey of the Mexican American/Chicano heritage with emphasis on the contemporary experience in the United States. The survey will include an analysis of the economic, political, social, and intellectual elements of the culture of the Mexican American/Chicano community, and a study of the changing relationship of the community to the general society of the United States.
This course presents major historical developments and personalities that have shaped the Mexican nation from the Pre-Columbian era to independence. Emphasis is placed on understanding the culture and customs of the Mexican people as seen throughout their history.
This course presents major historical developments and personalities that have shaped the Mexican nation from independence to the present time. Emphasis is placed on understanding the culture and customs of the Mexican people as seen throughout their history, plus important events in the relationship between Mexico and the United States. A portion of the course will address the role of the Mexican and the Mexican American in the United States.
This course explores the history of the United States from the U.S. Invasion of Mexico through the development of a Chicano Community, the Chicano Movement, and modern issues affecting the Chicana/o/x community. Emphasis will be placed on the participation and contributions made by the Chicana/o/x community to the development of American society. Focus will be placed on major historical forces, events, and trends in American history that have impacted and shaped the cultural, social, economic, political, and intellectual heritage of the Chicana/o/x community in the United States.
The primary focus is on the development of Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x communities in the U.S. This course investigates the effects of the Latina/o/x communities as well as the affects on the Chicana/o/x communities and most relevant contemporary issues. Special attention will be given to economic, social, political, cultural, and institutional issues that are important to the contemporary Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x experience.
This course will examine various theoretical perspectives from a sociological framework in relation to the Chicano community. Race, class gender and culture in the historical development of Chicano people will be explored as we discuss culture, ethnic identity, the institutions of education, economics, family and government. It will include an overview of past and current social movements (i.e. the Chicano, Chicana Feminism, labor movements, and other topics). Students will analyze prevailing myths and stereotypes and investigate the ways Chicanos have contributed to and participated in social and political change. Specific instances of Chicano structural resistance to Anglo encroachment and domination will be discussed. Particular attention will also be given to language development among Chicanos and the historical role of youth.
This course will explore the history of the United States from the colonial period through Reconstruction with emphasis placed on the role of African Americans. Starting in colonial America, the course will emphasize the contributions, institutions, trends, concepts, movements and problems relevant to the country in general and to African Americans in particular. A balanced focus will be placed on social, political, economic and intellectual considerations.
This course will explore the history of the United States from the Civil War and Reconstruction to the present. It will begin with the struggles the nation faced to reconstruct the Union and to accommodate the newly freed African Americans as citizens of the nation, and trace the parallel struggles of the nation itself and those African American citizens to become one united nation. The course will also analyze Constitutional amendments, industrialization, Jim Crow laws, the Populist Party, the Spanish American War, and subsequent American wars. It will analyze the significant political, cultural, and economic changes in the post World War II era, including the Civil Rights movement and various attempts to address issues of poverty and incomplete citizenship for African Americans and other minorities. The course will emphasize the roles, involvement, and contributions of African Americans, as well as relevant institutions, trends, concepts, movements, and problems. A balanced focus will be placed on social, political, economic, and intellectual considerations.
This course is a historically oriented study of the African American experience since World War II. Emphasis will be placed on the environmental context of the emergence of strident African American activities, and the philosophical assumptions, the rhetoric and the substance of the civil rights movement and Black power revolt. Relevant personalities, organizations, and cultural expressions will be studied in relation to one another, and in relation to existing national, political, economic, social, and intellectual institutional structures.
This course is a study of African history, and will cover the ancient Egyptians, as well as Sub-Saharan Africa and its climate, geography, culture, and history. Beginning with civilizations along the Nile, the reign of Kushitic pharaohs, and other ruling dynasties, this course will cover the rise and fall of great kingdoms in West Africa, the Atlantic slave trade, and religion in western and central Sudan, and end around 1800.
This course is a study of the Africans since 1800. It starts with Europeans' enlightenment and humanitarian efforts and covers racism and stereotypes, European colonization in Africa, nationalistic and Messianic movements, Negritude, the African woman, independence, Afrikaners in South Africa, and the meaning of freedom. The course ends with the problems of modernization in present day Africa.
This course explores the history of the United States from the earliest settlements through the Colonial Era and Independence, to the U.S. invasion of Mexico. Emphasis will be placed on the participation and contributions made by the Chicana/o/x community to the development of American society. Focus will be placed on major historical forces, events, and trends in American History that have impacted and shaped the cultural, social, economic, political, and intellectual heritage of the Chicana/o/x community in the United States.
This course will survey the historical experience of the United States from Independence to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the participation and contributions made by Asian Americans to the social, political, and economic development of American society, with a focus on Americans of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian, and South Asian ancestry. The course will examine the major historical forces and trends in American history that have impacted and shaped the social, economic, cultural, political, and intellectual heritage of the Asian American in the United States.
This course is a survey of aesthetic developments such as sculpture, architecture, painting and crafts in Asian cultures. Emphasis will be placed on the arts of four major cultural areas - India, China, Japan, and the influence of Islamic culture - based on their historical, cultural and philosophical backgrounds. Works of art, crafts, and architecture from prehistoric to contemporary times are examined as a form of historical, cultural, and social expression.
This is a survey of mainstream modern and contemporary developments in painting, sculpture, crafts and architecture of selected Latin American countries, including both modernist and postmodernist forms, with particular emphasis on a Latin American identity through works of art as a form of cultural, and social expression.
Through an interdisciplinary approach, this course introduces students to the field of Ethnic Studies, focusing on the historical and contemporary experiences of Native Americans, Chicana/o and Latina/o/x Americans, African Americans, and Asian Americans. Special attention is given to systems of oppression foregrounding race and ethnicity, including histories and legacies of settler colonialism and indigenous dispossession, militarized capitalism, chattel slavery and coerced labor, immigration and citizenship laws, and artistic and intellectual expressions. In addition, students will be introduced to the activism and cultural production of those groups in the struggle for social justice, self-determination, and political representation. The course will provide a foundation for understanding the major contributions of historically aggrieved racialized groups and communities that have challenged the status quo in a racist society.
This course provides an introduction to the historical roots of race and racism, and how it has been, and continues to be, a powerful force that shapes American society. Students will closely examine race and ethnicity, and the impacts of racism upon Native Americans, Chicanas/os and Latinas/os, African Americans, and Asian Americans. This course includes an analysis of the economic, political, social, and cultural impact of racial attitudes, behaviors, practices, and public policy. The course will highlight the ways that race and ethnicity intersect with gender, sexuality, class, citizenship, and nation in order to better understand how systems of power and inequality are constructed, reinforced, and challenged. Informed by multiple disciplines, the course will provide a foundation for understanding the impact and role of race and racism in major U.S. institutions.