Spring 2023 courses

Ethnic Studies Course Catalog 2023

ES 050 - Creating Community: Introduction to Skills for Building a Socially Just Society
Loan Dao, TTH 3-4:35PM, On-campus


Lower Division


ES 001 or with instructor's permission.

In a multicultural society, discussion about issues of conflict, community, and social justice are needed to facilitate understanding between social/cultural groups and leadership for a new world. This course is designed to prepare students to engage in informed and meaningful interpersonal and community dialogue, engagement, advocacy, and activism. We will discuss relevant reading material about contemporary issues and campaigns in our society. We will examine personal narratives as well as interdisciplinary contributions to various groups' experiences and social movement campaigns based in community building. We will focus on issues of equity, justice, relationality, and the common good, and how to address them through community representation, service-learning, and organizing. One goal of this course is to create a setting in which students engage in open and constructive dialogue, learning, and exploration of intergroup relations, conflict and community building and organizing. As a Community Engagement (CE) course, students are required to fulfill the College requirement of 20 hours of service with a designated community partner in order to pass the course. 


ES 102 - Youth Cultures, Identities and New Ethnicities
Loan Dao, TTH 11:30-12:50PM, On-campus


Upper Division


One of the following:

ES 001, SOC 002, SOC 004, WGS 001, or permission of instructor.

This course is an introduction to the field of Critical Youth Studies that discusses the social constructions of youth culture and identity across time, space and social historical movements. The course focuses upon key concepts and theories of youth that intersect across social positions (i.e., race, gender, sexuality, class and ethnicity) in the U.S.


ES 105 - Asian Pacific American History through Popular Culture
Loan Dao, TTH 1:15-2:50PM, On-campus


Upper Division


SEM 001, SEM 002, SEM 102, or Permission of the Instructor

This course examines the social, historical, and structural contexts defining the experiences of Asian Pacific Americans (APA) in the U.S. from 1850 to the present through the lens of popular culture, with an emphasis on how global movements of capital, population, goods, and culture have impacted the transnational relations and identity formation of contemporary AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islanders) communities and individuals. Topics include immigration, labor, community development, U.S.- Asia relations, gender and family dynamics, and race relations. This transdisciplinary course draws from historical and journalistic accounts, literary narratives, ethnographic studies, community research, and individual experiences. The course also identifies relevant resources and current issues in local APA communities for students interested in doing research in the field of Asian American Studies. No previous experience with Asian American studies or college-level history courses is required or expected.


Core Curriculum Designation(s)

AD - American Diversity; SHCU - Social, Historical, and Cultural Understanding


WGS-196-01 Senior Thesis (1 credits)
M. Ruiz, 01:00PM - 02:40PM, On-campus 

Critical examination of theories and issues in contemporary Women's and Gender Studies methodologies. Directed readings, research, and writing of a final senior paper or project under the supervision and approval of instructor. Prerequisites: Upper-division standing; WGS 1; WGS 107 and 177. Open to minors upon approval of director and instructor of the course. (In the case of a split or double major, Women's and Gender Studies 196 may be taken in conjunction with thesis work in the other discipline. In the case of a minor, WGS 196 may be taken in conjunction with thesis work in the major.) This course satisfies the Writing in the Disciplines requirement of the Core Curriculum.


Approved Courses for Methods and Electives

*Other courses may be petitioned with the consent of the ES Director. 



Comm 161: Communication & Social Justice: Drag in spring. 

Scott Schonfeldt-Aultman, TTH 9:45-11:20AM, On-campus

It's a CE course. The description Comm/WaGS is using is below. This is historically cross-listed with WaGS & ES. Feel free to change that last line.


Focus on drag, gender performativity, identity, as well as drag's communicative/rhetorical aspects and its relationship to social justice. We will be producing a drag and social justice show with Momma's Boyz, a Bay Area hip-hop drag king group. Incorporates a service-learning component (CE).



ENGL 122: Race, Crime, and the Law.

Kathryn Koo. MWF 9:15-10:20am

This course traces the intersections of race, crime, and the law in the United States from slavery, to Jim Crow, to the criminal justice system of the twentieth century. We will begin with an examination of the Constitution that sanctioned the institution of slavery and that led to the rise of two distinct legal systems: one for the free, the other for the enslaved. We will then turn to the Jim Crow laws of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that sought to control and disenfranchise blacks in the wake of Emancipation. Finally, we will examine the modern criminal justice system and its role in the criminalization of black men.

The course fills the Core Requirements of The Common Good, American Diversity, and Artistic Analysis. 


ENGL 184: Contemporary Drama: Theatre for Social Change 

Emily Klein, Tu/Th 11:30-1:05, 

Required for the English major's Dramatic & Film Arts Emphasis. Fulfills Core Requirement Artistic Analysis.

Study radical forms of grassroots and canonical performance in the streets and on the stage. This class explores the history of US activist movements through the lens of social and political drama with special attention to works by, for, and about women, people of color, and the LGBTQIA+ community. From suffragists to farm workers, civil rights to marriage rights to human rights, activists have used protest plays as a rehearsal for revolution.

ENGL 184 is also designated for Common Good. It is both AA and CP.



POL 109 Topics in American Politics (1 Credits)

Zahra Ahmed, M/W 4:00 PM - 5:35 PM, on-campus

A detailed analysis of selected problems in American politics involving the investigation of such contemporary issues as campaign reform, morality in politics, executive-legislative relationships, the military in American politics, and legal-political issues of the intelligence apparatus. May be repeated for credit as content varies. "Please see the Politics Dept. website for a more complete description of this particular course. May be repeated for credit as content varies."





PSYCH-168-01 - Topics on Culture, Race, and Ethnicity in Psychology (1 Credits)

Mark Barajas, MWF 08:00AM - 09:05AM, On-campus


PSYCH 168-02 - Topics on Culture, Race, and Ethnicity in Psychology
Mark Barajas, MWF 09:15AM - 10:20AM, On-campus

An examination of the social construction of ethnicity and race, as well as the values, assumptions, and biases we hold regarding race, ethnicity, and related issues. The course will also explore how race, ethnicity, and culture intersect with mental health. Topics may include African American Psychology, Chicano/a Psychology, Asian American Psychology, etc.

This course fills the Core Designation of AD - American Diversity

Prerequisites: PSYCH 001, or SOC 002, or SOC 004, or ES 001.



SOC-125 Gender and Society (1 Credits)

Nicole Brown, TTH 01:15PM - 02:50PM, On-campus

While sex differences are biological, gender encompasses the traits that society assigns to and inculcates in males and females. This course studies the latter: the interplay between gender and society. It takes an inclusive perspective, with a focus on men and women in different cultural contexts defined by ethnic group membership, sexuality and socioeconomic status.




SOC-132 Sociological Research Methods (1 Credits)

Ynez Hirst, MWF 08:00AM - 09:05AM, On-campus

This course will teach you the logic of social science research, teach you some specific methodological tools used by sociologists, and have you use these tools to collect data to answer a sociological research question. Students must have completed Sociology 2 Introduction to Sociology, and Sociology 101 The Sociological Imagination. It is suggested that this course be taken in the last semester of the junior year.



TRS-171-01 Gender and Relig in Amer Cul (1 Credits)

M. Pagliarini, MWF 10:30AM - 11:35AM, On-campus


TRS-171-02 Gender and Relig in Amer Cul (1 Credits)

M. Pagliarini, MWF 1:45AM - 12:50PM, On-campus

This course focuses on the relationship between gender and religion in North American history and culture. We will explore gender as a category of analysis for the study of religion, and the ways that religions construct and deconstruct gender norms. Religion is lived and practiced, and therefore it cannot be separated from the gendered bodies that people inhabit. We will use historical and contemporary case studies to examine the way that notions of femininity and masculinity have played a role in the religious lives of Americans. The course is cross-listed with Women's and Gender Studies. Prerequisite: TRS 97 or 189. This course satisfies the Theological Understanding (Theological Explorations) requirement and the American Diversity requirement of the


Students must complete TRS-097 or TRS-189 or PHIL-120 with a minimum grade of D- or higher. - Must be completed prior to taking this course.



WGS-177 Feminist and Gender Theories (1 Credits)

Denise Witzig, TTH 01:15PM - 02:50PM, On-campus

This seminar provides a series of inquiries into the diverse theoretical frameworks of contemporary feminism. Critical race theory, cultural studies, post-structuralism, Marxist and postcolonial theories, gender difference and queer theories, sexualities studies, ecofeminism, and contemporary identity politics are a few of the directions in discussion and research. Prerequisite: Limited to Juniors and Seniors Only


Students must complete WGS-001 with a minimum grade of C- or higher. - Must be completed prior to taking this course.


Created: 10.26.22