ETHN 200 CMA Service Learning

This one-credit service learning course allows students who are on the executive board of one of the Center for Multicultural Affairs student groups to further their knowledge about the relationship between the student group and the academic pursuits of ETHN minors and WGST majors and minors.


ETHN 202 Foundations of Social Justice

This course introduces students to foundational concepts in the study and practice of social justice in American society, historically and at present, and in comparative global perspective. The course can include social justice topics as related to: racism; classism; religious oppression; sexism; heterosexism; transgender oppression; ableism; ageism; and environmentalism. The course will also engage students in the process of putting thought into practice by introducing various research methodologies such as quantitative, qualitative, and cultural studies approaches. Students will explore the course concepts, coupled with research methodologies, to identify and analyze social problems and to use information to formulate and engage in problem-solving strategies for social change.


ETHN 205 Native American Studies

Explains the origins and evolution of Native American Studies as a program, placing it within the historical, political, social and cultural context in which it developed. Students will learn why a multidisciplinary approach can be beneficial to the understanding of Native American experiences in North America. This course explores the different sets of knowledge produced by and about Native Americans and the complicated relationship between Native Americans and the United States government. By interrogating representations of American Indian identity, this course will engage students in discussions about the complexity of race, self-representation, and cultural politics.


ETHN 206 African American Studies

Study of the intellectual and social origins of the discipline known as African American Studies. Key concepts, themes, and theories of the discipline will be discussed in the class.


ETHN 225 Introduction to Latinx History and Culture

An interdisciplinary approach to historicizing the Latinx experience in U.S. history. The course examines the political and cultural dynamics of Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Cubans, and Dominicans within an historical context sensitive to changes and continuities in American history.


ETHN 240 Introduction to African American Literature and Culture

An examination of major works by African American novelists, poets, dramatists, filmmakers, musicians, and essayists in terms of the intellectual and political concerns of their periods and locations. Cross-listed with ENGL 240.


ETHN 241 Introduction to Latino/a Literature

Study of works by and about Latinos, including poetry, novels, film, drama, music, and essays. Focus on culture of people of Hispanic descent living in the United States, including Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, Dominican Americans, and Cuban Americans, with some consideration of the ongoing relations between U.S. Latinos and Latin America. (Cross-listed as ENGL 241.)


ETHN 242 American Indian Literature

Study of a variety of works, including traditional tales, novels, poems and memoirs, produced by American Indians from historical beginnings to the present. (Cross-listed with ENGL 242.)


ETHN 282 Pre-Columbian and Colonial Latin America

An introductory survey of the history of early Latin America, from antiquity to the European conquest to the wars for independence in the early 19th century. Special attention is given to indigenous and African influences in the shaping of society and culture. (Cross-listed with HIST 282.)


ETHN 283 Latin America: Revolution & Reform

An introductory survey of the history of modern Latin America, from the wars for independence in the early 19th century to nation-state building, reform movements, violent revolutions, and democratization in the 20th century. Special attention is given to Native American influences in the shaping of modern society. The contested role of the United States in Latin American domestic policy also is considered. (Cross-listed with HIST 283.)