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Ethnic Studies
Course Description

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ETHS 051
Introduction to Ethnic Studies

Description

This course is an introduction to Ethnic Studies.  It is a course for majors and minors in Ethnic Studies, as well as for all who are interested in learning about peoples of color in the United States within a global context.  Students will also be introduced to the Ethnic Studies Department at Mills, and will learn how to pursue their particular interests in greater depth.  The course begins by reviewing the historical circumstances, both on and off campus, which gave rise to Ethnic Studies as an academic discipline.  In examining the major theories and concerns of Ethnic Studies (such as origins of racism and the relationship between academic learning and community activism) we place our discussion within a framework analyzing the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation.  We also compare the experiences of various communities of color within the traditional Ethnic Studies categories: African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, and Chicanas(os)/Latinas(os), utilizing historical, social, economic, cultural and environmental resources.  The course introduces major debates and issues facing Ethnic Studies in the 21st century, such as concepts of indigenousness, nationalism and diaspora, as well as the challenges of globalization and cultural production.  Class activities include lectures, discussion of readings, films, and guest speakers.

Core Course, required for Ethnic Studies Majors and Minors
Open to All Students.  FRESHWOMEN ESPECIALLY WELCOME.

Texts

Takaki, Ronald. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America. (2008)
Intranet Reader.

Course Requirements

Class attendance and participation/discussion (10%).
Short review essay (5%)
Journal (15%)
Midterm examination (20%).
Analytic review essay (20%)
Final Examination (30%).

Course offered Fall 2015

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Research Justice at the Intersections

Meet Ethnic Studies Alumnae

Latina Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

Black History Month

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SAMEAPI Awareness Now!

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Ethnic Studies Fund

Women of Color Resource Center

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Contact Information

P: 510.430.2080
F: 510.430.2067
E: ethnic_study@mills.edu

Last Updated: 6/22/17