Ethnic and Women's Studies (ETHS) Undergraduate Course Descriptions
ETHS 111. Race in America [Goal 7] (Diversity/MGM)
Exploration of the contemporary meanings of race in America. Examination of how social forces shape racial meanings and relationships and the consequences for individuals and communities. 3 Cr. F, S, SUM.
ETHS 201. Introduction to Ethnic Studies [Goal 7] (Diversity/MGM)
A multidisciplinary introduction to the study of people of color in American society. 3 Cr. F, S.
ETHS 205. Introduction to Chicano/a Studies [Goal 7] (Diversity/MGM)
An interdisciplinary introduction to the Chicano/a (Mexican-American) experience and to the field of Chicano/a Studies. 3 Cr. F.
ETHS 210. Introduction to American Indian Studies [Goal 7] (Diversity/MGM)
Introduction to the study of American Indians, their experiences, history, culture and contemporary issues. 3 Cr. F, S.
ETHS 215. Introduction to Asian American Studies [Goal 7] (Diversity/MGM)
Asian Americans, their experiences, history, culture, and contemporary issues. 3 Cr. F, S.
ETHS 220. Introduction to African American Studies [Goal 7] (Diversity/MGM)
Interdisciplinary approach to the African American experience and the field of African American Studies. 3 Cr. F, S.
ETHS 301. Special Topics in American Indian Studies [Goal 6]
Special topics related to the lives of American Indians. Topics will vary. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 credits with different topics. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ETHS 305. Topics in Ethnic Studies
Select topics, issues, developments and concerns affecting Asian-American, Black, Latino and American-Indian communities. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 credits with different topics. 1-3 Cr. DEMAND.
ETHS 307. Chicano/a Cultural Expressions [Goal 6]
Cultural expressions within Chicano/a populations of the U.S. Indigenous aspects of Mexican culture and tradition. Cultural characteristics as manifested in traditions, customs, social character, artistic and creative expression and language. 3 Cr. S.
ETHS 308. African American Cultural Expressions
Overview of African American cultural expressions as responses to practices of institutional racism. Examines the absorption of African American expression into U.S. culture. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ETHS 310. American Indians in the Social Sciences
Historical, political, social, cultural, and specifically educational information about Minnesota's tribal communities as outlined in proposal 8710.4800 of the Board of Teachers of Minnesota. 3 Cr. S, SUM, DEMAND.
ETHS 312. American Indian Women's Lives [Goal 5]
Lives of Indian women from several cultures, historical and contemporary perspectives, stories, experiences, and histories. 3 Cr. S.
ETHS 313. Hmong Culture and Society (same as ANTH 313)
Hmong history and sociocultural issues from a comparative perspectives of the Hmong communities in Asia and the diaspora communities in the Western world, their migration patterns, contemporary issues, and transnational movements. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ETHS 315. Topics in Asian Homelands and/or Diaspora Communities
Historical, economic, sociocultural, and political impacts of various transnational movements on specific Asian nations and their peoples. May be repeated with different nations to max. of 9 credits. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ETHS 325. Study Abroad in the Americas
Teachings of non-western indigenous cultures of the Americas. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ETHS 335. Asian Pacific American Women [Goal 5] (Diversity/MGM)
History of Asian Pacific American women; impact of military and wars, globalization; identities and representation; contemporary issues that Asian Pacific American women face; activism. Prereq.: one of 201, 215, WS 201, or approved Racial Issues course. 3 Cr. Odd S.
ETHS 345. Asian Pacific Americans in Popular Culture [Goal 5, Goal 6] (Diversity/MGM)
Representations of Asian Pacific Americans in historical and contemporary U.S. popular culture and self-representations of Asian Pacific Americans. Prereq.: one of 201, 215, or approved Racial Issues course. 3 Cr. S, EVEN.
ETHS 350. Minorities in Latin America (Diversity/MGM)
An investigation of the position of minorities in contemporary Latin America, principally Afro-Americans and Amerindians, utilizing a comparative and interdisciplinary approach. 3 Cr. S.
ETHS 401. Senior Seminar
Investigation, through reading, discussion, and/or field experience of a topic or issue relevant to the American minority experiences. Synthesis of concepts, data and analysis from specialized minority studies courses through reading, discussion, research, and/or field experience. Prereq.: 201 or consent of instructor. 3 Cr. S.
ETHS 407. Contemporary Issues in Chicano/a Studies [Goal 5]
Contemporary research and theory on the Chicano experience. Prereq.: 205 or permission of instructor. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ETHS 410. Contemporary American Indian Issues
Contemporary theory and research on the American Indian experience within a global and historic context. Prereq.: 201 or 210. 3 Cr. S.
Ethnic and Women's Studies (ETHS) Courses for Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate Students
ETHS 405/505. Women of Color in the U.S. (same as WS 405/505)
Examination of historical and contemporary issues facing American Indian, African American, Asian American, Latina, and immigrant women living primarily in the United States. The impact of race, gender, class, and other social inequalities on the lives of women of color will be discussed. Prereq.: for 405: one of WS 201, ETHS 201, 205, 210, 215, 220 or an approved racial issues course. 3 Cr. F.
ETHS 408/508. Major Works in African American Studies
A multidisciplinary examination of landmark works in African American studies addressing effects of institutional racism upon African Americans. Serves as the capstone course. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ETHS 425/525. Contemporary Asian Pacific American Issues [Goal 5] (MGM)
Diaspora and immigration; relations to other groups of color; anti-Asian movements; identities and representations; Model Minority Myth; activism; achievement/contributions of Asian Pacific Americans. Prereq.: one of 201, 215, or approved Racial Issues course. 3 Cr. Even F.
ETHS 470/570. The Black Community [Goal 7] (MGM)
Examination and analysis of contemporary issues facing Black American communities. 3 Cr. S.
ETHS 472/572. Topics/Field Work in Asian Homelands or Diaspora Communities (same as ANTH 472/572)
Travel and field experience in Asian Homelands or Diaspora Communities. May be repeated with different nations to max. of 9 credits. Winter Intersession. Prereq.: ETHS/ANTH 315 for ETHS/ANTH 472. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
ETHS 475/575. Latina/o Communities
Issues in community development for Latinas and Latinos in the United States - focusing on the Midwest - with special emphasis on gender, neighborhoods, grassroots community organizations, local history, and political participation. 3 Cr. F.