Ethnic Studies

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The Ethnic Studies Graduate Group doctoral program focuses on the historical and sociocultural study of the core groups racialized in United States history: African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicanos and Latinos, and Native Americans. Transdisciplinary in approach, the program encourages students to adopt a broad range of theories and methods to analyze the construction of these racialized ethnocultural groups in relation to each other in the EuroAmerican context and in a transnational context.

As a graduate group program, courses are taught and students are advised by faculty not only from the Department of Ethnic Studies but also from other departments on campus. The core faculty consists of faculty from the Department of Ethnic Studies (composed of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Chicano Studies, and Native American Studies) and the Department of African American Studies. The affiliated faculty is composed of faculty from other departments on campus whose expertise and research interests address the concerns of comparative ethnic studies and who have expressed a special interest in working with graduate students in ethnic studies. Both core and affiliated faculty may teach courses and sit on the examination and dissertation committees of students in the Ethnic Studies Graduate Group doctoral program.

Undergraduate Program

Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies: BA, Minor
Chicano Studies: BA, Minor
Ethnic Studies: BA (group major), Minor
Native American Studies: BA, Minor

Graduate Program

Ethnic Studies: PhD

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Courses

Ethnic Studies

ETH STD 200 Critical Terms and Issues in Comparative Ethnic Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Introduction to the field examining the critical practices and salient terms and issues in the study of contemporary cultural and social formations. The focus is interdisciplinary.

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ETH STD 201 History and Narrativity: Contemporary Theories and Methods 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
The course examines critical theories and methods in the production of historical narratives, social myths, and ideologies dealing with racialization and ethnicity. Special attention is given to employment strategies, tropes, and allegorical forms in the construction of historical events and narratives.

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ETH STD 202 Cultural Texts: Contemporary Theories and Methods 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016
The course examines critical theories and methods in the production of cultural knowledge in the humanities. Special attention is given to transdisciplinary articulation with theories and methods in the social sciences.

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ETH STD 203 Social Structures: Contemporary Theories and Methods 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016
The course examines critical theories and methods in the production of knowledge relevant to social, political, economic, and institutional structures. Special attention is given to transdisciplinary articulation with theories and methods in the humanities.

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ETH STD 230 Series in Transdisciplinary Comparative Theories and Methods 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Research seminar focus is on critical history and practices across disciplines.

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ETH STD 240 Series in Comparative Transnational Theories and Methods 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017
Research seminar focus is on critical theories and practices in transnational comparative frameworks.

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ETH STD 250 Research Seminar: Selected Issues and Topics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016
A seminar course designed to involve Ethnic Studies students directly in the research process. Emphasis on examination and analysis of primary sources, methodology, and the development of theoretical constructs. A major research paper is required.

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ETH STD 296 Directed Dissertation Research 4 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
For qualified students directly working on the doctoral dissertation.

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ETH STD 299 Directed Reading 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
A term paper is required.

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ETH STD 302 Professional Orientation 2 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This seminar is intended to instruct new graduate students in the behavior of professional academics including research, teaching, and academic ethics.

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ETH STD 303 Professional Writing 2 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course trains graduate students in writing for professional purposes, such as preparing conference presentations, articles for publication in journals, applications for funding, prequalifying exam position papers, dissertation prospectuses, dissertation chapters, book prospectuses, job applications, etc. Students bring in drafts of their writing for intensive critique by the instructor and fellow students.

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ETH STD C375 Critical Pedagogy: Instructor Training 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
The seminar provides a systemic approach to theories and practices of critical pedagogy at the university level. Examines the arts of teaching and learning and current disciplinary and cross-disciplinary issues in African/diaspora and Ethnic Studies. Participation two hours per week as practicum in 39, "Introduction to the University: African American Perspectives" is mandatory. The course is required for students expecting to serve as
graduate student instructors in the department.
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ETH STD 601 Individual Study for Master's Students 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Individual study, in consultation with Group faculty, to prepare students for master's examinations.

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ETH STD 602 Individual Study for Doctoral Students 2 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Individual study, in consultation with Group faculty, to prepare students for the doctoral oral examinations. A student will be permitted to accumulate a maximum of 16 units in 601 and 602, respectively, toward examination preparation. Units earned in these courses may not be used to meet academic residence or unit requirements for the master's or doctoral degree.

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Faculty and Instructors

Faculty

William M. Banks, Professor.

Ramon Grosfoguel, Associate Professor. Global cities, international migration, ethnic studies, race/ethnicity, latino studies, Caribbean Studies, Latin American Studies, international comparative development, political-economy of the world-systems, urban sociology.
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David Montejano, Professor. Social change, historical sociology, political sociology, community studies, race & ethnic relations.
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G. Ugo Nwokeji, Associate Professor. Atlantic slave trade, historical demography, African history and political economy, oil and gas policy.
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Laura E. Perez, Associate Professor. Chicano studies, US Latina and Latin American women's writing, Chicana/o literature, visual arts, contemporary cultural theory, Latin American women's oppositional writings.
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Lok Siu, Associate Professor.

Contact Information

Ethnic Studies Graduate Program

506 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-643-0796

Fax: 510-642-6456

ethnicst@berkeley.edu

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Department Chair

Shari Huhndof, PhD

506 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-643-0796

huhndorf@berkeley.edu

Director of Graduate Studies

Lok Siu, PhD

588 Barrows Hall

lok.siu@berkeley.edu

Graduate Student Affairs Officer

Latonya Minor

518 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-642-6643

msminor@berkeley.edu

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