Courses in Ethnic Studies

Course Offerings - Fall 2020 

First Year Seminar

ETHN 0577B (HIST 0577B) The US-Mexico Border and Borderlands
In this First Year seminar, we will examine the historical formation, contemporary reality and popular representation of the U.S.-Mexico border from bilingual (English-Spanish), multicultural (U.S., Mexican, Mexican-American, indigenous and Asian immigrant), and transnational perspectives within the framework of globalization, and pay particular attention to the movement of peoples—workers, families, women and children--in both directions. (Evelyn Hu-DeHart)

Introductory Courses

 AFRI 0090 (ETHN 0070) - An Introduction to Africana Studies
This course introduces students to the vibrant and contested field of Africana Studies by critically exploring and analyzing the links and disjunctures in the cultural, political, and intellectual practices and experiences of people of African descent throughout the African diaspora. Beginning with a critical overview of the history, theoretical orientations, and multiple methodological strategies of the discipline, the course is divided into three thematic units that examine intellectuals, politics, and movements; identity construction and formation; and literary, cultural, and aesthetic theories and practices in the African diaspora. (Francoise Hamlen)

ETHN 1000 - Introduction to American/Ethnic Studies
Considers the U.S. as a society whose unifying identity is rooted in ethnic and racial diversity. Explores the historical and contemporary experiences of racial and ethnic groups in this country and analyzes different forms of representation of those experiences, as well as representations of the racial and ethnic stratification in the U.S. imagination. (Adrienne Keene)

ETHN 1200B - Contemporary Indigenous Education in North America
In the past, formalized schooling in Indigenous communities was a tool of colonization and cultural genocide, forcing Native peoples to assimilate to western norms, values, and knowledge. However, contemporary Indigenous communities have managed to reclaim and reshape education for Native youth, utilizing innovative methods and technologies, as well as drawing upon generations of traditional and indigenous knowledges to create environments that promote academic achievement alongside culture. In this course we will focus on the ways Native communities are asserting their educational sovereignty, through culturally-relevant/responsive curriculums, language immersion schools, indigenous charter schools, traditional ecological and scientific knowledges, and more. (Adrienne Keene) 

Topics in Ethnic Studies

ETHN 1650B - Asian Americans and the Racial State: Exclusion and Incarceration
The exclusion of Chinese from naturalization and immigration (from 1870 to 1943) and the wholesale incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII remain important touchstones for thinking about the Asian American experience and lenses through which to examine current struggles over immigration, mass incarceration and race in North America. (Robert Lee)

Advanced Topics in Ethnic Studies

ETHN 1750D - Transpacific Asian American Studies
This is an advanced undergraduate seminar that is also open to American Studies and other graduate students for graduate credit. It is designed to help us think about the Pacific as a historical space where the Asian American formation is constructed, as goods, people and ideas circulate across the Pacific. We will explore ways which these historical circuits and exchanges have shaped questions of identity and belonging, taking China and the Americas as our principal points of connection. We will read across a number of fields, including: Asian Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies. (Evelyn Hu-DeHart)