Ethnic Studies
​course description

​ETH-010 - Introd​​uction to Ethnic Studies

This interdisciplinary course is a combination of Humanities and Social Science. Students will be exposed to the various aspects of major ethnic minority cultures in the U.S. including philosophical and religious thought, art, music, literature, food, customs and traditions. This course will also serve as an introduction to the experiences and perspectives of selected racial/ethnic groups in the U.S. Particular attention will be paid to racial and ethnic group relations in our society. Also of particular concern will be the study of key concepts and social theories pertinent to the study of racial/ethnic groups in the U.S. This course was previously entitled "Survey of Third World Cultures."

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


ETH-011 - Ethnic Film: Reel Studies

This course will examine contemporary and classic cinema, focusing primarily on US ethnic films from African American, Native American, Latino, Asian-Pacific Islander, and Middle Eastern American cultures as a tool to explore universal human themes as well as stereotypes.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


ETH-020 - African American Culture

This course is a survey of the African American experience in the United States. Students will crirtically examine past, present and evolving, social, political and economic cultural dynamics that create African American culture.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


ETH-030 - Chicana/o Culture

This is a survey course designed to study the development of Mexican and Chicana/o culture in Mexico, the Southwest U.S. and beyond. Emphasis will be placed on the cultural history as well as the socio-psychological aspects in the study of people of Mexican origin. Specific areas of interest in the course include theory and analysis of the concept of culture and its application to the Mexican and Chicano communities. Other areas of interest include the Pre-Columbian period, the religions and philosophies, art, language, music, folklore, and lifestyles of the Chicana/o.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


ETH-035 - Sociology of the Chicana/o Experience

This course focuses on Chicanas/os and their relation to U.S. society. It will address some critical areas of the Chicana/o experience in terms of economics, labor, immigration, stereotypes, religion, and police-Chicano conflict. In order to provide a real world analysis of the contemporary role of the Chicana/o in society, this course will focus on the Chicana/o community of San Jose. A central objective of the course is to base both skill development and content on the issues that are of personal and academic interest to the student. The ultimate objective is to use this analysis to come up with strategies for addressing the needs of the Chicana/o and other communities with similar circumstances.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


ETH-040 - Vietnamese American Culture and Experience

This course provides students with a basic theoretical background to study the ancestral origin of the Vietnamese Americans, their migration to the U.S., and assimilation into U.S. culture and society. It follows the evolution of their cultural roots into their ethnic heritage, focusing on their religious and philosophical thoughts, customs, and value system. The course traces the emergence of their minority status, identity, and sense of community, and explores their current status and prospects of ethno-social mobility through education, employment, business, entrepreneurship, and politics. This course meets the Humanities and/or Social Sciences requirements.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS


ETH-042 - Asian Pacific American (APA) Culture and Experience

This course covers (1) the Asian backgrounds, migration, ethnic culture (particularly major religious beliefs, philosophical thoughts, value system, customs, and traditions), and American experiences APAs as a whole have in common; (2) unique aspects of each Asian American co-group, with more emphasis on the six largest groups: Chinese, Filipino, Asian Indian, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese Americans. Also of special importance are key concepts, theories, and perspectives pertinent to this study, as well as American experiences APAs share with other U.S. racial groups, especially African American and Latino Americans. This course is a combination of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Units: 3

Lecture Hours: 3 |  Lab Hours: None |  Repeatable: No |  Grading: L

Advisory Level  —   Read: 3   |  Write: 3  | Math: 0

Transfer Status: CSU/UC |  Degree Applicable: AA/AS​​

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