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ETHS 100 : Introduction to Ethnic Studies

Prerequisites: None
Description: History, objectives, and philosophy of Ethnic Studies. Student's personal, educational, and career development in a pluralistic society and in an institute of higher education. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. This course is offered as ETHS 100 and RRS 100. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ETHS 101 : First Year Experience in Ethnic Studies

Prerequisites: None
Description: Foundations of intellectual, academic, and career preparation for majors and minors in the College of Ethnic Studies. CR/NC grading only. May be repeated for a total of 4 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

ETHS 102 : Basic Achievement Techniques

Prerequisites: None
Description: Examination and application of basic skills development among diverse students. Use of appropriate strategies and methods to support the intellectual and spiritual advancement of the student. Concurrent enrollment in another specified course may be required. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. (ABC/NC grading; CR/NC allowed.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ETHS 110 : Critical Thinking and the Ethnic Studies Experience

Prerequisites: None
Description: Basic skills involved in understanding, criticizing, and constructing arguments by using materials reflective of experiences of ethnic/racial groups in the U.S. This course is offered as ETHS 110 and RRS 110. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment I Area - Critical Thinking (CT)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ETHS 260 : Ethnic Studies: The African American and Western Racism

Prerequisites: None
Description: Behavioral and social sciences used to compare and analyze across time, space, and geographical region, responses to racism by world culture and civilization of people of African descent.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

ETHS 300 GW : Writing in Ethnic Studies - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214, AFRS 214, LTNS 214, or AAS 214, or equivalent, with a grade of C- or better. AAS, AIS, AFRS, or LTNS major.
Description: Foundations of writing in the disciplines of Ethnic Studies: Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, and Raza Studies. Draws on the behavioral and social sciences, the humanities, and the creative arts to prepare students for advanced work in Ethnic Studies, and for careers requiring breadth and depth of knowledge. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ETHS 400 : Islam and Fiction in English

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with ARAB 400. For course description, see ARAB 400. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3

ETHS 466 : Race and American Democracy

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with PLSI 466. For course description, see PLSI 466. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

ETHS 470 : Latina/o Immigration to the U.S.

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with LTNS 470 [formerly RAZA 470]. For course description, see LTNS 470. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Raza Immigrant Communities in the U.S.
  • Segment III Cluster - Globalization and Citizenship in the Americas
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

ETHS 473 : Unfree Labor in Early America

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with HIST/LABR 473. For course description, see HIST 473. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ETHS 510 : History of Arabic Literature I: Classical Arabic Literature

Prerequisites: Four semesters of lower division Arabic or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with ARAB 510. For course description, see ARAB 510. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3

ETHS 511 : History of Arabic Literature II: Modern Arabic Literature

Prerequisites: Four semesters of lower division Arabic or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with ARAB 511. For course description, see ARAB 511. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3

ETHS 545 : Traditional Kulintang Music and Dance of the Southern Philippines

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Music and dance of Southern Philippines, emphasis on Kulintang tradition of Mindanao and Sulu Archipelago. Lectures and hands-on workshops on dance movement and music of Kulintang culture. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. This course is offered as ETHS 545, DANC 545, and MUS 545. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2009

ETHS 590 : Ethnic Studies Travel Study

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Sponsored group travel study to a designated location.
Units: 1

ETHS 637 : Experimental Novel: 1950-1980

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with ENG 637. For course description, see ENG 637. (May not be repeated under an alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

ETHS 685 : Projects in the Teaching of Ethnic Studies

Prerequisites: Upper division standing and consent of instructor.
Description: Academic service learning practicum/internship experience as an undergraduate instructional aide. Participation in the teaching of a regular instructionally-related class. Limited to undergraduate students only. (Students may earn a maximum of 4 units toward the baccalaureate degree for any course(s) numbered 685 regardless of discipline.)
Units: 1-4

ETHS 697 : Field Research or Internship in Ethnic Studies

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Development of research methodology of Third World societies in the U.S. Gathering materials through non-written sources such as artifacts, oral evidence, participation-observation. May be repeated for a total of 6 units with departmental approval. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 1-3

ETHS 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of adviser, instructor, and program coordinator.
Description: Supervised individual study of a particular inter-ethnic problem in ethnic studies. ETHS 699 is repeatable for a maximum of 6 units.
Units: 1-3

ETHS 710 : Theories and Issues in Ethnic Studies

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: Concepts and theories in ethnic studies. Identifies, analyzes, and critically reviews the American history and experience of people of color.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

ETHS 720 : Research Methods in Ethnic Studies

Prerequisites: Basic course in statistics and consent of instructor.
Description: Research methods pertaining to African Americans, Asian Americans, La Raza, and American Indians in third world critical perspective: research proposal, data collection analysis, interpretation, statistical summarization. Examples from the third world experience.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ETHS 750 : Ethnic Community Practicum

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Description: Philosophies, strategies, and methods in community studies. Evaluation of alternatives in terms of issues facing third world communities. Internship in a community-based agency or organization. Classwork, 2 units; field work, 1 unit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ETHS 820 : Advanced Research Seminar in Ethnic Studies

Prerequisites: ETHS 720 or consent of instructor.
Description: Seminar on advanced research in ethnic studies. Key elements in developing a research or creative work project.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

ETHS 885 : Graduate Projects in the Teaching of Ethnic Studies

Prerequisites: Graduate status in ethnic studies and consent of instructor. Limited to graduate students in the program.
Description: Academic service learning practicum/internship experience as an undergraduate instructional aide. Participation in the teaching of a regular instructionally related class.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ETHS 895 : Field Study

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and graduate major advisor; and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: ATC and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ETHS 896 : Directed Reading in Ethnic Studies

Prerequisites: Consent of adviser.
Description: Intensive directed reading in ethnic studies under the supervision of a faculty member.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ETHS 898 : Master's Thesis

Prerequisites: Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and approval of graduate major adviser.
Description: ATC and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

ETHS 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate coordinator and supervising faculty member.
Description: Individual research into an issue in ethnic studies. Enrollment by petition and limited to graduate students in the program.
Units: 1-3
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