Race and Resistance Studies  {SF State Bulletin 2012-2013}

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Race and Resistance Studies

College of Ethnic Studies

Dean: Kenneth Monteiro


Race and Resistance Studies Program

EP 111C
Director: Amy Sueyoshi



Associate Professors: Abdulhadi, Esquibel, Sueyoshi
Assistant Professors: Bakrania, Ferreira



Minor in Race and Resistance Studies



Program Scope

The Race and Resistance Studies minor is a interdisciplinary program that provides undergraduate students with an approach to social justice to study race as a politically produced and contested process that begins with institutions, movements, and social problems, to examine racialized communities. The curriculum examines how race, gender, class and are co-constitutive factors of identity; how different groups are racialized in relation to one another; how social justice movements cohere and fall apart; and how groups have formed their own identities. The Race and Resistance Studies minor provides students with non-traditional, multi-ethnic, and comparative perspectives on national and transnational experiences of people of color within the U.S.


Minor in Race and Resistance Studies

The minor consists of 19 to 21 credits of undergraduate study. Only one third of the credits or no more than approximately two courses can be taken credit/no credit for the minor. Students must have maintained at least a 2.0 grade point average in minor courses. Consistent with current University policy, courses for meeting the requirements of this minor may, as appropriate, be used simultaneously for meeting general education or credential requirements. Written declaration of the pursuit of the minor is not necessary prior to enrollment in any of its required or elective courses. Students should try to complete ETHS 100 or ETHS 110 before taking any further courses in the minor. These courses, however, may be taken concurrently. At least half of all courses towards the minor degree must be upper division at the 300 level or above. Mandatory courses are one introductory course, either ETHS 100 or ETHS 110; one course each in three of the core areas –History and Politics of Racialized People; Race and Popular Culture, Literature and the Arts; Race, Gender and Sexuality; Diasporas and Transnationalism; or from any core area added in the future. In addition, two courses are to be selected from the Ethnic Specific and Community Service Learning section, from two different departments or programs: One chosen from any ethnic-specific department or program in the College; the other from any of the CSL courses offered in the College or as 1 to 2 CSL units paired with any course taken concurrently towards the Race and Resistance Studies minor, upon advisement of the instructor. The remaining three credits needed for the minor can be fulfilled through the elective courses. Students can choose their elective courses from 1) any introductory course not already counting towards the minor degree, 2) any core courses not already counting towards the minor degree, 3) an additional course from one of the ethnic-specific departments or programs in the College, or 4) any course from the list of recommended elective courses. Additional courses may count towards the minor upon consultation with the Race and Resistance Studies undergraduate minor adviser. The curriculum is outlined below.


Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. Course descriptions can be found in the back of this Bulletin (consult index for page reference.)


Introductory Courses

Choose one from below. 3 units

Course Title
ETHS 100/
RRS 100
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
ETHS 110/
RRS 110
Critical Thinking and the Ethnic Studies Experience


Core Courses

Choose three of the Sections A through D.

Section A: History and Politics

Choose one from below.

Course Title
RSS 240 All Power to the People: Comparative Freedom Movements of the "Sixties"
RRS 250 Race and Ethnicity and Power in America
RRS 350 Race, Labor, and Class
RRS 410/
SOC 410 
Grassroots Organizing for Change in Communities of Color
RRS 435 National Security and the Racialization of Arabs and Muslims in North America
RRS 520 Race, Radicalism, and Revolution
RRS 600/
HIST 466 
History of People of Color in the U.S.


Section B: Popular Culture, Literature, and the Arts

Choose one from below.

Course Title
RRS 280 Race, Gender, and Science Fiction
RRS 285 Race, Sports, and Society
RRS 360 Cultural Dialogues and Ethnic Literature
RRS 430 Arab Media Images in America: Impact on Arab Americans
RRS 450/
ARAB 450 
Contemporary Arabic and Arab American Literature
RRS 480 Youth Culture, Race and Resistance


Section C: Gender and Sexuality

Choose one from below.

Course Title
RRS 380/
SXS 380
Coloring Queer
RRS 571 Women, Race, and Class


Section D: Diasporas and Transnationalism

Choose one from below.

Course Title
RRS 370 Islamophobia: Roots, Development, and Contestation of Hatred
RRS 420 Arab American Identity: Memory and Resistance
RRS 566/
WGS 566 
Gender and Modernity in the Muslim and Arabs Worlds
RRS 630 Palestine: Ethnic Studies Perspective
RRS 657 South Asian Diaspora


Community Service Learning

Choose one from below or as 1 to 3 CSL units attached to any course listed in the minor.

Course Title
AAS 591 Asian American Community Health Issues
AFRS 694 Community Service Learning
AIS 694 Community Service Learning
LTNS 694 Community Service Learning

Any Ethnic Specific Course from AA S, AFRS, AIS, or LTNS (Choose one on advisement, from a different department than the one used to fulfill the CSL requirement.)


Elective Courses

Choose one from below or any course from above, including from the ethnic-specific departments or programs, not used to satisfy basic requirements.

Course Title
ETHS 330/
SOC 330 
Comparative Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.: Class, Gender, and Nation
ETHS 466/
PLSI 466 
Race and American Democracy
ETHS 473/
HIST 473 
Unfree Labor in Early America
ETHS 590 Ethnic Studies Travel Study
ETHS 625 Mixed Race Studies: A Comparative Focus
ETHS 637/
ENG 637
Experimental Novel: 1950-1980
ETHS 685 Projects in the Teaching of Ethnic Studies
ETHS 697 Field Research or Internship in Ethnic Studies
ETHS 699 Independent Study
RRS 460/
COUN 450 
AIDS and People of Color in the U.S.
RRS 580/
LTNS 580/
SOC 580 
Educational Equity
RRS 670/
HIST 462 
Making Whites: Race-making in America


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