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ETHS 101: The Immigrant Experience in the U.S.

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Comparative study of foreign immigrants in the United States from the mid-19th century to the present. Examines ethnic identity and nativist resistance to newcomers. Particular attention is paid to Hispanic and Asian immigrants, as compared to European immigrants. Analyzes the social and economic conditions as well as cultural factors that shape immigrant adjustment patterns.

ETHS 101H: The Immigrant Experience in the U.S., Honors

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance into the Honors Program. Comparative study of foreign immigrants in the United States from the mid-19th century to the present. Examines ethnic identity and nativist resistance to newcomers. Particular attention is paid to Hispanic and Asian immigrants, as compared to European immigrants. Analyzes the social and economic conditions as well as cultural factors that shape immigrant adjustment patterns.

ETHS 103: The American Ethnic Cultural Experience

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H.

Examines the interdisciplinary study of art, architecture, music, literature, history and philosophy which reflects the cultural identity of American racial and ethnic minorities. We also will examine the experiences of people of diverse ethnic, racial, and cultural identities in American society, past and present.

ETHS 107: Racism In America

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or ENG 110H.

This course examines race and ethnicity and the impacts of racism upon selected racial and ethnic groups in American society. Covers major theories on the development of racial attitudes and behavior. Attention is also given to relationship between racism, sexism and class oppression.

ETHS 109: U.S.-Mexico And Other Borderlands

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H.

Analysis of the Mexico-U.S. and other borderlands. Discussions focus on international, regional, community and personal contexts, as they concern intercultural relations. Attention is given to all of the ethnic groups present in these borderland areas.

ETHS 110: Contemporary Ethnic Communities

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H.

Designed to introduce and familiarize students with contemporary urban ethnic communities. Surveys distinctive historical, cultural and economic experiences that shape community social formation. Examines the role that immigration and the global economy play in family, religion, language and community organizational structure.

ETHS 117: Cultural Diversity In Film

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 98 and ENG 103.

Introduction to images of and by Women, African Americans, Latino-as, Asian Americans, and Native Americans on film. Covers the evolution of racial, ethnic, and gender stereotypes in film and the effort to more accurately and fairly portray gender, racial, and ethnic diversity in cinema.

ETHS 120: Race, Ethnicity and Social Movements in the United States

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H.

Social movements pervade the history of the United States. Many social movements feature prominently in the national imagination and memory, and many communities lay claim to one version or another of a specific movement. This course will use a social movement perspective to discuss racial and ethnic movements and conflict in the United States.

ETHS 121: Women Of Color In The U.S.

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H.

Interdisciplinary, multi-perspective, comparative study of women of color in the United States. Includes African/African-American, Asian/Asian-American/Pacific Islander, Chicana/Hispanic/Latina, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, Native American and other non-white, non-Western European women. Traces and analyzes the historical and contemporary participation, contributions and relationships of women of color in U.S. society.

ETHS 122: Arab-American/Middle Eastern Women In The U.S.

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H.

Comparative study of women of Arab/Middle Eastern descent living in the United States. Focus on the contributions of and participation by women in American society.

ETHS 295: Internship In Ethnic Studies

Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 110 or 110H.

Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of two courses (in applicable discipline) at SBCC prior to enrolling in an internship course. Structured internship program in which students gain experience with community organizations related to the discipline.

ETHS 299: Independent Study In Ethnic Studies

Limitation on Enrollment: Six units of Ethnic Studies courses completed with a 3.0 or higher G.P.A.; minimum of 12 units of course work completed at SBCC with a G.P.A. of at least 2.5. Student works under guidance and direction of sponsoring faculty member on project consistent with interests and abilities. Minimal weekly meetings with faculty sponsor required. Course may be taken for one to four units of credit, with each unit of credit requiring student to devote approximately three hours per week to his/her project. For complete information, see "Independent Study" in the Catalog Index.

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