Ethnic Studies

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The major in Ethnic Studies  provides a core curriculum designed to develop a comparative and multidisciplinary understanding of the experiences and communities of African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicano/Latinos, and Native Americans.

Students majoring in ethnic studies study the history, culture, politics, and sociology of Third World communities in the United States within the general context of American society and institutions. Thus, they pursue knowledge vital for a critical understanding of contemporary society and for social changes to improve the lives and communities of racial minorities. Ethnic studies majors also prepare themselves for advanced graduate study in either academic or professional fields.

Honors Program

The ethnic studies program provides a program leading to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with honors. A student must have senior standing; a 3.5 GPA overall; and 3.5 GPA in the major. To complete the degree with honors the student will be required to undertake a 6-unit research project (ETH STD H196A and ETH STD H196B) and will be graded according to standards determined by the faculty adviser as being of honors quality.

Minor Program

The department offers a minor in ethnic studies. For further information regarding declaring the minor, please see the department's website.

Other Majors and Minors Offered by the Department of Ethnic Studies

Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies (Major and Minor)
Chicano Studies (Major and Minor)
Native American Studies (Major and Minor)

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Major Requirements

In addition to the University, campus, and college requirements, listed on the College Requirements tab, students must fulfill the below requirements specific to their major program.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the major requirements below must be taken for graded credit, other than courses listed which are offered on a Pass/No Pass basis only. Other exceptions to this requirement are noted as applicable.
  2. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs, with the exception of minors offered outside of the College of Letters & Science.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained in both upper and lower division courses used to fulfill the major requirements.

For information regarding residence requirements and unit requirements, please see the College Requirements tab.

Lower Division Major Requirements

ETH STD 10ACA History of Race and Ethnicity in Western North America, 1598-Present4
ETH STD 11ACTheories and Concepts in Comparative Ethnic Studies An Introduction4
Two lower division electives selected from: African American studies, Asian American and Asian Diaspora studies, Chicano studies, ethnic studies, Native American studies, or an ethnic studies-related course from another department (e.g., gender and women's studies, geography, sociology)

Upper Division Major Requirements 

ETH STD 101ASocial Science Methods in Ethnic Studies4
ETH STD 101BHumanities Methods in Ethnic Studies4
ETH STD 190Advanced Seminar in Comparative Ethnic Studies4
Select two of the following:12
Comparative Ethnic Literature in America
Proseminar: Issues in the Fields of Ethnic Studies: Racialization and Empire
ETH STD 103B
Course Not Available
Proseminar: Issues in the Fields of Ethnic Studies: Racialization and Contemporary Communities
Proseminar: Issues in the Fields of Ethnic Studies: Racialization, Gender, and Popular Culture
Ethnicity and Race in Contemporary American Films
Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality
The Making of Multicultural America: A Comparative Historical Perspective
Contemporary U.S. Immigration
Immigrant Women
Racial Politics in America
Racism and the U.S. Law: Historical Treatment of Peoples of Color
Religion and Ethnicity
Women of Color in the United States
People of Mixed Racial Descent
The Southern Border
Indigenous Peoples in Global Inequality
Existential Panic in American Ethnic Literature
Literature from Ethnic Movements
Against the Grain: Ethnic American Art and Artists
Selected Topics in Comparative Ethnic Studies
Selected Topics in Comparative Ethnic Studies - Study Abroad
Prison
Race, Rights, and Citizenship
Advanced Seminar in Comparative Ethnic Studies
Advanced Seminar in Ethnic Studies
Two additional upper division elective courses, selected from: African American Studies, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Chicano Studies, Ethnic Studies, Native American Studies, ethnic studies-related courses from other departments, or approved EAP courses. Electives do not have to be selected from the same program/department.8
ETH STD 197Field Study in Communities of Color (4 units total)1-3

Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but they are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.
  2. A minimum of three of the upper division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  4. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.
  5. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.
  6. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which you plan to graduate. If you cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, please see a College of Letters & Science adviser.
  7. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)

Requirements

Five courses

Upper Division
Select three of the following:12
Comparative Ethnic Literature in America
Social Science Methods in Ethnic Studies
Humanities Methods in Ethnic Studies
Proseminar: Issues in the Fields of Ethnic Studies: Racialization and Empire
ETH STD 103B
Course Not Available
Proseminar: Issues in the Fields of Ethnic Studies: Racialization and Contemporary Communities
Proseminar: Issues in the Fields of Ethnic Studies: Racialization, Gender, and Popular Culture
Ethnicity and Race in Contemporary American Films
Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality
The Making of Multicultural America: A Comparative Historical Perspective
Contemporary U.S. Immigration
Immigrant Women
Racial Politics in America
Racism and the U.S. Law: Historical Treatment of Peoples of Color
Religion and Ethnicity
Women of Color in the United States
People of Mixed Racial Descent
The Southern Border
Indigenous Peoples in Global Inequality
Existential Panic in American Ethnic Literature
Literature from Ethnic Movements
Against the Grain: Ethnic American Art and Artists
Selected Topics in Comparative Ethnic Studies
Selected Topics in Comparative Ethnic Studies - Study Abroad
Prison
Race, Rights, and Citizenship
Advanced Seminar in Comparative Ethnic Studies
Advanced Seminar in Ethnic Studies
Two additional elective courses, selected from: African American studies, Asian American and Asian diaspora studies, Chicano studies, ethnic studies, native american studies, ethnic studies-related courses from other departments, or approved EAP courses. Both courses do not have to be selected from the same department/program.8

College Requirements

Undergraduate students in the College of Letters & Science must fulfill the following requirements in addition to those required by their major program.

For detailed lists of courses that fulfill college requirements, please review the College of Letters & Sciences page in this Guide.

Entry Level Writing

All students who will enter the University of California as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing requirement. Fulfillment of this requirement is also a prerequisite to enrollment in all reading and composition courses at UC Berkeley. 

American History and American Institutions

The American History and Institutions requirements are based on the principle that a US resident graduated from an American university should have an understanding of the history and governmental institutions of the United States.

American Cultures

American Cultures is the one requirement that all undergraduate students at Cal need to take and pass in order to graduate. The requirement offers an exciting intellectual environment centered on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States. AC courses offer students opportunities to be part of research-led, highly accomplished teaching environments, grappling with the complexity of American Culture.

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning requirement is designed to ensure that students graduate with basic understanding and competency in math, statistics, or computer science. The requirement may be satisfied by exam or by taking an approved course.

Foreign Language

The Foreign Language requirement may be satisfied by demonstrating proficiency in reading comprehension, writing, and conversation in a foreign language equivalent to the second semester college level, either by passing an exam or by completing approved course work.

Reading and Composition

In order to provide a solid foundation in reading, writing and critical thinking the College requires two semesters of lower division work in composition in sequence. Students must complete a first-level reading and composition course by the end of their second semester and a second-level course by the end of their fourth semester.

Breadth Requirements

The undergraduate breadth requirements provide Berkeley students with a rich and varied educational experience outside of their major program. As the foundation of a liberal arts education, breadth courses give students a view into the intellectual life of the University while introducing them to a multitude of perspectives and approaches to research and scholarship. Engaging students in new disciplines and with peers from other majors, the breadth experience strengthens interdisciplinary connections and context that prepares Berkeley graduates to understand and solve the complex issues of their day.

Unit Requirements

  • 120 total units, including at least 60 L&S units

  • Of the 120 units, 36 must be upper division units

  • Of the 36 upper division units, 6 must be taken in courses offered outside your major department

Residence Requirements

For units to be considered in "residence," you must be registered in courses on the Berkeley campus as a student in the College of Letters & Science. Most students automatically fulfill the residence requirement by attending classes here for four years. In general, there is no need to be concerned about this requirement, unless you go abroad for a semester or year or want to take courses at another institution or through UC Extension during your senior year. In these cases, you should make an appointment to meet an adviser to determine how you can meet the Senior Residence Requirement.

Note: Courses taken through UC Extension do not count toward residence.

Senior Residence Requirement

After you become a senior (with 90 semester units earned toward your BA degree), you must complete at least 24 of the remaining 30 units in residence in at least two semesters. To count as residence, a semester must consist of at least 6 passed units. Intercampus Visitor, EAP, and UC Berkeley-Washington Program (UCDC) units are excluded.

You may use a Berkeley Summer Session to satisfy one semester of the Senior Residence requirement, provided that you successfully complete 6 units of course work in the Summer Session and that you have been enrolled previously in the college.

Modified Senior Residence Requirement

Participants in the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) or the UC Berkeley Washington Program (UCDC) may meet a Modified Senior Residence requirement by completing 24 (excluding EAP) of their final 60 semester units in residence. At least 12 of these 24 units must be completed after you have completed 90 units.

Upper Division Residence Requirement

You must complete in residence a minimum of 18 units of upper division courses (excluding EAP units), 12 of which must satisfy the requirements for your major.

Student Learning Goals

Mission

The Ethnic studies major provides a core curriculum designed to develop a comparative and multidisciplinary understanding of racialized communities in the modern world, with an emphasis on the history and contemporary forms of modern colonization and racial slavery, as well as the multiple responses, unearthed histories, and alternative practices, theories, and imaginaries found in communities of color, their artists, theoreticians, activists, and intellectuals. It is different from the other majors offered in the Department of Ethnic Studies in that it is specifically comparative and aims to provide students the possibility of focusing on one or more issues, problems, intellectual approaches, or themes and exploring them in relation to two or more ethno-racial groups nationally or internationally. Most central among these issues and themes stand sexuality, gender, migration, policy, education, literature, culture, spirituality, religion, comparative racial formations, and law. They are often connected with different histories of colonization, segregation, slavery, genocide, persecution, internment, and other forms of systematic dehumanization, on the one hand, and with struggles for social justice, liberation, and decolonization on the other.

Learning Goals for the Major

Undergraduates are expected to obtain the following skills by the time they graduate. These skills belong to five different general areas: historical knowledge, empirical knowledge and quantitative methods, interpretation and qualitative analysis, theory and critique, and community service. They are:

  1. Historical Knowledge
    • Familiarity with the history of modern Western civilization, including European expansion, conquest, and enslavement.
    • Specific knowledge of the modern history of at least three different ethno-racial groups.
    • Acquaintance with debates in historiography, particularly as they relate to the use of history in relation to the understanding of people of color.
    • For students who specialize in history, proper use of primary and secondary historical sources, as well as the writing of scholarly historical work.
  2. Empirical Knowledge and Quantitative Methods
    • Familiarity with different methods of gathering empirical data about human communities (anthropological, sociological, etc.).
    • Knowledge of critical debates about the use and implications of traditional methods of gathering empirical data to obtain knowledge about communities of color.
    • Identification of proper methods to conduct research and awareness of the limits and possibilities of such methods.
    • Creative use, delimitation, and expansion of methods of empirical and quantitative study based on the nature of the problems and questions addressed in the research as well as the object of study.
  3. Interpretation and Qualitative Analysis
    • Acquaintance with major methods and debates in the humanities.
    • Familiarity with the art, film, literature, or music of at least three different ethno-racial groups.
    • Identification of proper methods to conduct research about the creative products of human communities, and ethno-racial communities in particular.
    • Creative use, delimitation, and expansion of methods of qualitative analysis based on the nature of the problems and questions addressed in the research as well as the object of study.
  4. Theory and Critique
    • Familiarity with major theories of race and ethnicity and their intersections and constitutive relations with class, gender, and sexuality.
    • Acquaintance with theories of space and place, including indigeneity, diaspora, migration, and nation, as well as their use in determining the unit of analysis.
    • Use of comparison and contrast for evaluating and producing theory as well as for critical analysis.
    • Creative use of philosophies and theories that are relevant to the understanding and critical analysis of the social contexts, interpersonal dynamics, and multiple creative productions of ethno-racial communities.
  5. Community Service
    • Further refinement and enrichment of the above listed skills in settings where the students interact with communities of color and/or their productions.

Advising

Departmental Major Advising

The department strives to deliver personalized advising services of the highest quality by seeking to continuously educate themselves on developments in the ethnic studies field and to evaluate, improve, and streamline their services to support students in obtaining the best education and experience possible.

Advising Staff and Advising Hours

Dewey St. Germaine: Monday through Friday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m., or by appointment
deweystg@berkeley.edu
530 Barrows Hall
510-643-6420

Laura Jimenez-Olvera: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m., and Friday, 1:30 to 5 p.m., or by appointment
lauraj@berkeley.edu
532 Barrows Hall
510-642-0243

Mailing Address

Department of Ethnic Studies
506 Barrows Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2570

Academic Opportunities

Berkeley Connect in Ethnic Studies

Berkeley Connect in Ethnic Studies matches interested students with ethnic studies graduate student mentors in a semester-long, 1-unit program that includes individual advising, small-group discussions, special events and excursions. Through this program, you will become part of a community of like-minded faculty, mentors, and students that will provide a supportive environment in which to exchange and discuss ideas and goals. Berkeley Connect helps students make the most of their time at the University as they learn more about the majors offered through the Department of Ethnic Studies. For further information, please see the Berkeley Connect website.

Study Abroad

The ethnic studies program encourages all undergraduate majors to consider study abroad opportunities. Whether students are interested in fulfilling major and/or general education requirements, taking courses related to a future career, improving or learning language skills, or simply living and studying in a country that is of interest to them, the program will work with students to make it happen. For information about study abroad programs, please see the Berkeley Study Abroad website.

Prizes and Awards

The Department of Ethnic Studies offers the Dr. Carlos Munoz Jr. Scholar/Activist Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded each semester and recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, leadership and activism in their community on and off campus.

Courses

Ethnic Studies

ETH STD 10AC A History of Race and Ethnicity in Western North America, 1598-Present 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session
This course explores the role of "race" and ethnicity in the history of what became the Western United States from the Spanish invasion of the Southwest to contemporary controversies surrounding "race" in California. Rather than providing a continuous historical narrative, or treating each racialized "other" separately, the course works through a series of chronologically organized
events in which issues of racial differences played key roles in creating what became a western identity.
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ETH STD 11AC Theories and Concepts in Comparative Ethnic Studies An Introduction 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Summer 2015 First 6 Week Session
This explores the work of key theorists of race, ethnicity, and de-colonization whose work and ideas have formed the basis of scholarly work in the broad, interdisciplinary field of comparative ethnic studies. It is intended both to offer beginning students a ground in the ideas and methods they will encounter throughout their major, and to introduce names, texts, and concepts with which all majors should be familiar.
This course satisfies the American cultures requirement.
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ETH STD 20AC Introduction to Ethnic Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2010 Second 6 Week Session, Fall 2009, Summer 2009 Second 6 Week Session
The University, its relationship to corporate structures, legislative bodies, community people, and specifically, Third World people will be analyzed. The University's values will be critically examined. The history of ethnic studies programs in this country, their development, and, their struggles will be discussed.

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ETH STD 21AC A Comparative Survey of Racial and Ethnic Groups in the U.S 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2017
This survey course will examine the historical experiences of European immigrants, African Americans, and Latinos, emphasizing the themes of migration and economic change since the late 19th century. Though the class will focus on the three groups, the course will also address salient features of the experiences of Asian Americans, Native Americans, and recently arrived immigrants in light of the themes of the course.
Intragroup differences such as class and gender will be discussed.
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ETH STD 24 Freshman Seminar 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
The Freshman Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small-seminar setting. Freshman seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics vary from department to department and semester to semester. Enrollment iimited to 15 freshmen.

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ETH STD 41AC A Comparative Survey of Protest Movements Since the 60's 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
An introductory, comparative, and interdisciplinary study of Native American, Mexican American, African American, and Asian American social and political struggles from 1960 to the present. The course traces the development of protest movements created by people of color in response to racial, class, gender, and political inequality in the context of U.S. politics and history. The course critically examines the internal and external factors contributing
to the rise and fall of social and political movements and concludes with an analysis of the current conjuncture of race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, and sexual preference in U.S. politics.
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ETH STD N41AC A Comparative Survey of Protest Movements Since the 60's 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 1998 10 Week Session
An introductory, comparative, and interdisciplinary study of Native American, Mexican American, African American, and Asian American social and political struggles from 1960 to the present. The course traces the development of protest movements created by people of color in response to racial, class, gender, and political inequality in the context of U.S. politics and history. The course critically examines the internal and external factors contributing
to the rise and fall of social and political movements and concludes with an analysis of the current conjuncture of race, ethnicity, culture, class, gender, and sexual preference in U.S. politics.
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ETH STD C73AC Indigenous Peoples in Global Inequality 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2013, Spring 2011
This course examines the history of indigenous, aboriginal, native, or "tribal" peoples over the last five centuries. Particular attention is paid to how these groups were brought into relations with an expanding Europe, capitalist development, and modern nation-states. How have these peoples survived, what are the contemporary challenges they face, and what resources and allies have they drawn on in the present?

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ETH STD 97 Field Study in Communities of Color 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session
Supervised community field study.

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ETH STD 98 Supervised Group Study 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Group study of selected topics which will vary from semester to semester.

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ETH STD 98BC Berkeley Connect 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Berkeley Connect is a mentoring program, offered through various academic departments, that helps students build intellectual community. Over the course of a semester, enrolled students participate in regular small-group discussions facilitated by a graduate student mentor (following a faculty-directed curriculum), meet with their graduate student mentor for one-on-one academic advising, attend lectures and panel discussions featuring department
faculty and alumni, and go on field trips to campus resources. Students are not required to be declared majors in order to participate.
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ETH STD 99 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017
Individual research on a topic which will lead to the writing of major paper. Regular meetings with the faculty sponsor. Limited to freshmen and sophomores.

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ETH STD 100 Comparative Ethnic Literature in America 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Analysis of how selected works (poetry, short stories, novels, drama, and oral literature) reflect African American, Chicano, Asian American, and Native American consciousness and experiences.

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ETH STD N100 Comparative Ethnic Literature in America 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2008 10 Week Session, Summer 2008 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 1999 10 Week Session
Analysis of how selected works (poetry, short stories, novels, drama, and oral literature) reflect African-American, Chicano, Asian-American, and Native American consciousness and experiences.

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ETH STD 101A Social Science Methods in Ethnic Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Fall 2016
The course provides an overview of social science methods used in ethnic studies fieldwork, archival research, oral histories, literature review, and critical theory. Particular attention is given to research design, forms of data, research presentation and analysis, and the ethical questions involved in doing research on communities of color. The course will emphasize presenting research in a clear, concise manner, and
students will be expected to do a research practicum and present their work in writing on a regular basis.
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ETH STD 101B Humanities Methods in Ethnic Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Spring 2017, Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session
The course provides an introduction to basic theoretical approaches to the literary and other cultural productions of ethnic or "minority" communities in the United States. It also involves the study of important writings by Latina/o, Native American, African American, Asian American, and mixed race writers, and to a lesser degree, the visual art production of these same communities. The
course will focus with particular care on discourses of racialization, gender, and sexuality.
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ETH STD 103A Proseminar: Issues in the Fields of Ethnic Studies: Racialization and Empire 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Summer 2013 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2012 First 6 Week Session
Designed primarily to give majors in Asian American studies, Chicano studies, Latin American studies, ethnic studies, and Native American studies elementary training in theoretical approaches to the study of race and ethnicity. Emphasis will be placed on writing and discussion. For a precise schedule of offerings, see department catalog during pre-enrollment week each semester.

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ETH STD 103C Proseminar: Issues in the Fields of Ethnic Studies: Racialization and Contemporary Communities 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Summer 2010 Second 6 Week Session
Designed primarily to give majors in Asian American studies, Chicano studies, Latin American studies, ethnic studies, and Native American studies elementary training in theoretical approaches to the study of race and ethnicity. Emphasis will be placed on writing and discussion. For a precise schedule of offerings, see department catalog during pre-enrollment week each semester.

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ETH STD 103E Proseminar: Issues in the Fields of Ethnic Studies: Racialization, Gender, and Popular Culture 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2011
Designed primarily to give majors in Asian American studies, Chicano studies, Latin American studies, ethnic studies, and Native American studies elementary training in theoretical approaches to the study of race and ethnicity. Emphasis will be placed on writing and discussion. For a precise schedule of offerings, see department catalog during pre-enrollment week each semester.

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ETH STD 122AC Ethnicity and Race in Contemporary American Films 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2017
The depiction of race and ethnic relations in American films from the 1960s to the present. The course covers independent features as well as mainstream Hollywood studio films.

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ETH STD 126 Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2011, Spring 2008, Spring 2006
Course focuses on the production of sexualities, sexual identification, and gender differentiation across multiple discourses and locations.

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ETH STD C126 Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Course focuses on the production of sexualities, sexual identification, and gender differentiation across multiple discourses and locations.

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ETH STD 130 The Making of Multicultural America: A Comparative Historical Perspective 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Fall 2016
How and why did American society become racially and ethnically diverse? This comparative study of racial minorities and European immigrant groups examines selected historical developments, events, and themes from the 17th century to the present.

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ETH STD N130 Racial Inequality in America: A Comparative Historical Analysis 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2007 10 Week Session, Summer 2007 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2006 10 Week Session
A comparative and historical study of racial inequality from 1600 to the present. Readings and lectures will focus on white racial attitudes and the subordination of Afro-Americans, Asians, Chicanos, and Native Americans within the context of American society and culture.

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ETH STD 135 Contemporary U.S. Immigration 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Spring 2017, Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session
The myth, reality and history of U.S. immigration. This course discusses issues raised by the recent immigration in a comparative, historical approach. An examination of theories, politics, and policy of U.S. immigration restriction.

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ETH STD 136 Immigrant Women 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2015 10 Week Session, Summer 2015 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2014 Second 6 Week Session
Examines patterns of women's immigration to the U.S. in specific socio-historical and cultural contexts. Special attention to race, ethnic, and identity issues from woman-centered analysis and methodology.

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ETH STD 141 Racial Politics in America 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2009, Spring 2004, Spring 2003
A critical and comparative analysis of contemporary politics and issues affecting Mexican American/Latino, Native American, Asian American, and African American communities in the United States.

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ETH STD 144AC Racism and the U.S. Law: Historical Treatment of Peoples of Color 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2017, Summer 2016 Second 6 Week Session
Intensive histori-legal survey of racism in the United States, exploring the legal antecedents of the country's contemporary stratified society, and emphasizing the role of law as a social policy instrument. Readings and lectures will investigate the prevailing legal currency of racism in the United States through an examination of the country's formative legal documents and the consequent effects
of a myriad of judicial decisions on peoples of color.
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ETH STD N144 Racism and the U.S. Law 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2007 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2006 10 Week Session, Summer 2005 10 Week Session
A comparative examination of the historical treatment of the four major groups of color under United States law. Some contemporary issues are also examined. The experiences of individuals and groups under repressive law and how communities resist such laws and policies are other considerations. Students will study landmark case law and legislation dealing with race-based issues and critical
theoretical discourses concerning race and law in the U.S.
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ETH STD 145 Religion and Ethnicity 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017
A comparative analysis of religion as practiced by Latinos, Blacks, Asians and Native Americans and of the interplay of ethnicity and religion.

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ETH STD 147 Women of Color in the United States 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2014 10 Week Session, Summer 2014 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2013 Second 6 Week Session
Examines the history and contemporary situations of Chicana/Latina, African American, Asian American and Native American Women. Conceptual focus will draw on lived experiences and theoretical constructs of race, class and gender.

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ETH STD 147AC Women of Color in the United States 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2015 Second 6 Week Session
Examines the history and contemporary situations of Chicana/Latina, African American, Asian American and Native American Women. Conceptual focus will draw on lived experiences and theoretical constructs of race, class, and gender.

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ETH STD N147 Women of Color in the United States 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 1997 10 Week Session, Summer 1996 10 Week Session
Examines the history and contemporary situations of Chicana/Latina, African American, Asian American, and Native American women. Conceptual focus will draw on lived experiences and theoretical constructs of race, class, and gender.

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ETH STD 150 People of Mixed Racial Descent 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Deals with phenomenon of people of mixed-race descent, focusing on United States but with reference to other nations for comparative purposes. Includes historical perspective as well as exploring the psychology, sociology, literature, and cinema pertaining to topic.

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ETH STD 159AC The Southern Border 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The southern border--from California to Florida--is the longest physical divide between the First and Third Worlds. This course will examine the border as a distinct landscape where North-South relations take on a specific spatial and cultural dimension, and as a region which has been the testing ground for such issues as free trade, immigration, and ethnic politics.

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ETH STD 173AC Indigenous Peoples in Global Inequality 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
This course examines the history of indigenous, aboriginal, native, or "tribal" peoples over the last five centuries. Particular attention is paid to how these groups were brought into relations with an expanding Europe, capitalist development, and modern nation-states. How have these peoples survived, what are the contemporary challenges they face, and what resources and allies have they drawn on in the present?

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ETH STD 174 Existential Panic in American Ethnic Literature 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course comprises extensive analyses of the ways in which American ethnic writers engage ontologies of self in characters who attempt to move beyond and out of the existential panic of being seen before they are seen. The direction of the course will move from the promise of Americanness, (i.e., Romanticist notions of self) in traditional American literary works to the legislated self in works by writers of color to modernist and postmodernist
pastiche by various ethnic American writers.
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ETH STD 175 Literature from Ethnic Movements 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Comparative survey of literature and cultural production from, and reflective of Ethnic Movement eras, particularly, but not limited to, those of the sixties. Representative literatures include Asian American, Chicano, African American, and Native American.

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ETH STD 176 Against the Grain: Ethnic American Art and Artists 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Comparative survey of art and other cultural production from a cross-section of selected American ethnic groups (in general, Asian American, Chicano, African American, and Native American). We approach works from various critical/theoretical perspectives, often constructing them as we analyze, and through the lens of Ethnic Studies.

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ETH STD 180 Selected Topics in Comparative Ethnic Studies 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Students will examine social dynamics as well as cultural and intellectual productions by or about communities of color nationally and internationally from different methodological perspectives.

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ETH STD N180 Selected Topics in Comparative Ethnic Studies - Study Abroad 6 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Second 6 Week Session
This study abroad course is designed primarily to permit instructors to deal with topics with which they are especially concerned; subject matter usually is more restricted than that of a regular course.

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ETH STD 181AC Prison 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Taking a broad interdisciplinary approach, this course embraces the longue duree of critical prison studies, questioning the shadows of normality that cloak mass incarceration both across the globe and, more particularly, in the contemporary United States. This course thus explores a series of visceral, unsettling juxtapositions: "freedom" and "slavery"; "citizenship" and "subjugation"; "marginalization"
and "inclusion", in each case explicating the ways that story making, political demagoguery, and racial, class, and sexual inequalities have wrought an untenable social condition.
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ETH STD C181 Prison 4 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
Taking a broad interdisciplinary approach, this course embraces the longue duree of critical prison studies, questioning the shadows of normality that cloak mass incarceration both across the globe and, more particularly, in the contemporary United States. This course thus explores a series of visceral, unsettling juxtapositions: "freedom" and "slavery"; "citizenship" and "subjugation"; "marginalization" and "inclusion"
, in each case explicating the ways that story making, political demagoguery, and racial, class, and sexual inequalities have wrought an untenable social condition.
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ETH STD 182AC Race, Rights, and Citizenship 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2015 Second 6 Week Session
This course will critically examine the complex relationship between race, rights, and citizenship. We will closely review contemporary laws on immigration, national security, voting rights, language access and affirmative action, and their associated social contexts and legal conflicts around racial profiling, education access, and citizenship rights. Citizenship rights are
understood broadly in this class from “alienage” (the hierarchical demarcation of non-citizen versus citizen) to the right to marriage. A primary focus of this course is to understand how despite discrimination, outsiders have gained access to “insider” rights and in the process have naturalized what previously was considered out of the norm.

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ETH STD 190 Advanced Seminar in Comparative Ethnic Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
In addition to class meetings, an extra assignment/research component will be added to the course to increase contact hours with students. Possible components include additional readings, outside-of-class research projects, and any other project which the instructor feels will add to the value of the course. Topics to be announced at the beginning of each semester.

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ETH STD 190AC Advanced Seminar in Ethnic Studies 3 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
For a four unit course, an extra assignment/research component will be added to the course to increase contact hours with students. Possible components include additional readings, outside-of-class research projects and any other project which the instructor feels will add to the value of the course. Topics to be announced at the beginning of each semester.

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ETH STD N190 Advanced Seminar in Comparative Ethnic Studies 6 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2011 10 Week Session, Summer 2011 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2011 Second 6 Week Session
This study abroad course is designed primarily to permit instructors to deal with topics with which they are especially concerned; subject matter usually is more restricted than that of a regular course.

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ETH STD 195 Selected Issues in Comparative Ethnic Studies Research 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Fall 2008
Doing research on issues in U.S. communities of color. Students will examine theories of society and do research on topics from different methodological perspectives. Issues will vary from semester to semester.

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ETH STD 196 Senior Thesis 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Writing of a thesis under the direction of member(s) of the faculty.

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ETH STD H196A Senior Honors Thesis for Ethnic Studies Majors 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Course for senior Ethnic Studies majors designed to support and guide the writing of a senior honors thesis. For senior Ethnic Studies majors who have been approved for the honors program.

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ETH STD H196B Senior Honors Thesis for Ethnic Studies Majors 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Course for senior Ethnic Studies majors designed to support and guide the writing of a senior honors thesis. For senior Ethnic Studies majors who have been approved for the honors program.

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ETH STD 197 Field Study in Communities of Color 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session
Supervised community field study.

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ETH STD 198 Supervised Group Study 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Group study of selected topics which will vary from semester to semester.

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ETH STD 198BC Berkeley Connect 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Berkeley Connect is a mentoring program, offered through various academic departments, that helps students build intellectual community. Over the course of a semester, enrolled students participate in regular small-group discussions facilitated by a graduate student mentor (following a faculty-directed curriculum), meet with their graduate student mentor for one-on-one academic advising, attend lectures and panel discussions featuring department
faculty and alumni, and go on field trips to campus resources. Students are not required to be declared majors in order to participate.

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ETH STD 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session
Individual research on a topic which leads to the writing of major paper. Regular meetings with the faculty sponsor.

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Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Thomas J. Biolsi, Professor. Native Americans, American Indians, governmentality.
Research Profile

Carolyn Chen, Associate Professor.

Catherine Ceniza Choy, Professor. Asian American history, Filipino American studies, immigration history, adoption studies, nursing history.
Research Profile

Raul Coronado, Associate Professor.

Keith Feldman, Assistant Professor. Critical theory, US cultural studies, Israel-Palestine, theories of race and ethnicity, comparative diaspora studies, public humanities.
Research Profile

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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Shari Huhndorf, Professor. Interdisciplinary Native American studies, cultural studies, gender studies, American studies, literary and visual culture.
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Beatriz Manz, Professor. Latin America, human rights, peasantry, migrations, social movements, political conflict, Mayan communities in Guatemala, issues of memory, grief.
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David Montejano, Professor. Social change, historical sociology, political sociology, community studies, race & ethnic relations.
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+ Michael Omi, Associate Professor. Racial politics, racial theory, racial stratification, racial and ethnic categories and the US Census, racist and anti-racist social movements.
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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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Beth Piatote, Associate Professor. Native American studies.
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John Powell, Professor. Civil rights and civil liberties, structural racialization, racial justice and regionalism, concentrated poverty and urban sprawl, opportunity based housing, voting rights, affirmative action in the United States, South Africa and Brazil, racial and ethnic identity, spirituality and social justice, and the needs of citizens in a democratic society.
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Alex M. Saragoza, Associate Professor. Ideology, modern Mexico, Latin American history, structural origins of Mexican migration, cultural formations in Mexico, Mexican cinema, radio, television.
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Lok Siu, Associate Professor.

Raymond Telles, Associate Adjunct Professor.

Khatharya Um, Associate Professor. Education, memory, Southeast Asian Studies, Asian American histories and communities, Southeast Asian diaspora, refugees, international migration, transnational and diaspora studies, genocide studies.
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Chris Zepeda-Millan, Assistant Professor. Immigration, social movements, race, ethnic studies, Latino Politics, research methods.
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Lecturers

Hatem A. Bazian, Lecturer. Near Eastern studies.
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Francisco Casique, Lecturer.

Gregory P. Choy, Lecturer.

Christopher Chua, Lecturer.

Harvey C. Dong, Lecturer.

Tom Fleming, Lecturer.

Pablo Gonzalez, Lecturer.

Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani, Lecturer.

Anna P. Leong, Lecturer.

Enrique E. Lima, Lecturer.

Hannah B. Michell, Lecturer.

Joseph A. Myers, Lecturer.

Fae M. Ng, Lecturer.

Diane J. Pearson, Lecturer.

Victoria E. Robinson, Lecturer.

Celia H. Rodriguez, Lecturer.

Jane K. Singh, Lecturer.

Winston Tseng, Lecturer.

Keiko Yamanaka, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Norma Alarcon, Professor Emeritus.

Robert Allen, Professor Emeritus.

Mario Barrera, Professor Emeritus. Theories of ethnicity, ethnic minority films.
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Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Professor Emeritus. Labor, citizenship, undocumented students, caring work, settler colonialism, skin color bias.
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Patricia Penn Hilden, Professor Emeritus. Ethnicity, gender, museums, race, North America, Native Americans, slavery in the Caribbean, feminist studies.
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Elaine H. Kim, Professor Emeritus. Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies.
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Carlos Jr. Munoz, Professor Emeritus. Immigration, Mexican American politics, ethnic and racial politics, multiculturalism, affirmative action.
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Jose D. Saldivar, Professor Emeritus.

L. Ling-Chi Wang, Professor Emeritus.

Sau-Ling Cynthia Wong, Professor Emeritus. Ethnicity, sexuality, telecommunications, Asian Americans, demographic transformation, fragmentation, globalization, transportation, internet technology, international conference, construction of gender.
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Contact Information

Department of Ethnic Studies

506 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-643-0796

Fax: 510-642-6456

ethnicst@berkeley.edu

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Department Chair

Shari Huhndorf, PhD

506 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-643-0796

huhndorf@berkeley.edu

Academic Adviser

Laura Jimenez-Olvera

532 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-642-0243

lauraj@berkeley.edu

Academic Adviser

Dewey St. Germaine

530 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-643-6420

deweystg@berkeley.edu

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