BA Comparative Ethnic Studies

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Program Learning Objectives

It is expected that students who demonstrate the foregoing learning outcomes will be better prepared to understand the social, cultural, political, historical, and economic factors that have shaped their own social and occupational identities, as well as the social and occupational identities of others. This knowledge should better prepare students to work, collaborate, and interact more responsibly and effectively in an increasingly diverse and globalized workplace and world.

  1. Demonstrate an ability to define key concepts, terms, and scholarship in the Ethnic Studies discipline today, including a critical understanding of the ways in which social, cultural, political, and economic factors construct historical and contemporary meanings of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the United States, as well as the ways in which these meanings shape and are shaped by scientific and technical knowledge production and educational and professional practices.
  2. Employ these key concepts and terms to conduct independent analyses of historical and contemporary texts, the arts, popular culture, and social and occupational interactions.
  3. Critically analyze discourses, ideologies, and practices that maintain or increase economic, social, political, legal, educational, environmental, scientific and technological inequality.
  4. Engage with and create new knowledge that explores and promotes the expression of new social or cultural identities and cultural literacy in a multi-racial, multi-cultural society.
  5. Engage with and create new knowledge that explores and promotes cultural, social, political, and economic self-determination and self-representation of underrepresented groups, the expansion of human rights in a national and global context, and the diversity of cultural and social practices that promote social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major or support courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

MAJOR COURSES
ES 112Race, Culture and Politics in the United States (D1) (USCP) 14
Select from the following:12
Survey of Indigenous Studies (D3) (USCP) 1
Survey of Africana Studies (D3) (USCP) 1
Survey of Latino/a Studies (D3) (USCP) 1
Survey of Asian American Studies (D3) (USCP) 1
ES 350Gender, Race, Culture, Science and Technology (Area F) (USCP) 14
ES 390Research Methodology in Comparative Ethnic Studies4
ES 450Fieldwork in Comparative Ethnic Studies4
ES 461Senior Project4
ES electives20
Minimum 12 units must be 300-400 level courses offered by Ethnic Studies Department
Approved Electives 2, 3, 4, 524
See approved electives list below
SUPPORT COURSES
Language other than English (all 8 units must be in the same language)8
STAT 217Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B1) 14
GENERAL EDUCATION (GE)
(See GE program requirements below.)56
FREE ELECTIVES
Free Electives36
Some free electives may need to be 300-400 level to ensure completion of the required minimum of 60 units upper division. Consult college advisor for additional information.
Total units180

 
Approved Electives

Select from the following: 2, 3, 4, 524
The Global Environment
World Food Economy
Cultural Anthropology
Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica
Native American Cultures
Topics in Architectural History
Asian Art Survey
Asian Art Topics: National, Religious, and Intellectual Movements
International Business Management
Advanced Seminar in International Management
Managing People in Global Markets
International Finance
International Marketing
Diverse Student Learning and Development in Educational Settings
Intercultural Communication
Critical Cultural Studies and Communication
Cities in a Global World
Cultural Influence on Dance in America
International Trade Theory
Economics of Poverty, Discrimination and Immigration
Sustainable Environments
Women Writers of the Twentieth Century
Ethnic American Literature
Gender in Twentieth Century Literature
African American Literature
Climate and Humanity
Global Origins of United States Cultures
Fire and Society
Ethnicity and the Land
Indigenous Peoples and International Law and Policy
Introduction to Cultural Geography
Geography of United States
Global Geography
Geography of California
Geography of Latin America
Geography of the Caribbean
American Cultures
Political Economy of Latin America and the Middle East
East Asian Culture and Civilization
Middle East
Colonial Latin America
Modern Latin America
Modern Central America
African-American History to 1865
African-American History from 1865
Recent America Since 1950: Shattering of the American Consensus
The Fall of Imperial China
Modern Japan
20th Century China
Chinese Film and History
Precolonial African History
Modern African History
Topics and Issues in Asian History
Freedom and Equality in American History
World History, 1800 - Present
American Women's History to 1870
American Women's History from 1870
Humanities in Chicano/a Culture
Global Communication
Personal Health: A Multicultural Approach
Introduction to Non-Western Musics
Jazz Styles
Music of the 60's: War and Peace
America's Music
Jazz History and Theory
Asian Philosophy
Introduction to International Relations
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Politics of Ethnicity and Gender
International Relations Theory
Global Political Issues
Politics of Developing Areas
Authoritarian and Democratic Rule
Civil Rights in America
Social Movements and Political Protest
Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy
Politics of the Global Economy
World Food Systems
Intergroup Dialogues
Cross-Cultural International Psychology
Monotheisms: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Hinduism
Buddhism
Religion, Gender, and Society
Comparative Societies
International Political Economy
The World System and Its Problems
Global Race and Ethnic Relations
American Ethnic Minorities
Social Stratification
Social Organization of Modern Japan
Introduction to Hispanic Readings
Significant Works in Spanish
Chicano/a Authors
Hispanic Literature in English Translation
Chicano/Latino Writers in the United States
Advanced Literature in Spanish
Global Theatre and Performance
Contemporary Issues in Women's and Gender Studies
Women in Global Perspective
Feminist Theory
1

Required in Major/Support; also satisfies GE

2

Be aware that some courses on this list may have prerequisites and that these prerequisites may need to be used as free electives.

3

Consultation with advisor is recommended prior to selecting approved electives; bear in mind your selections may impact pursuit of post-baccalaureate studies and/or goals.

4

Minimum 12 electives units must be 300-400 level. These 24 elective units can be chosen from any unused ES prefix or from the Approved Electives listed above. Courses not on the approved elective list may still be chosen, but are subject to department approval.

5

If GE courses are taken for a letter grade and used as Approved Electives to satisfy Major requirements, additional free elective units may be required to complete the 180 total unit requirement. Consult college advisor for additional information.

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 16 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BScience and Mathematics
B1Mathematics/Statistics (4 units in Support plus 4 units in GE) 14
B2Life Science4
B3Physical Science4
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B5Area B elective (select one course from B1-B5)4
Area CArts and Humanities
C1Literature4
C2Philosophy4
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective (no ES course except ARCH/ES 326 or ES/NR 360)4
Area D/E Society and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement) (4 units in Major) 10
D2Political Economy4
D3Comparative Social Institutions (4 units in Major) 10
D4Self Development (CSU Area E)4
D5Upper-division elective (no ES course except ES/NR 308)4
Area FTechnology
FUpper-division elective (4 units in Major)0
Total units56
1

Required in Major/Support; also satisfies GE