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Ethnic Studies

UW-PARKSIDE 2017-19 CATALOG

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College:
College of Arts and Humanities

Program Offered:
Minor -  Ethnic Studies

Career Possibilities:
Ethnic studies prepares students for an increasingly diverse 21st century. Ethnic studies alumni have continued onto graduate or law school for higher degrees, or found employment in education, social services, media, nonprofit, private and government organizations.

Program Overview

The Center for Ethnic Studies (CES) is an interdisciplinary program that places historically marginalized groups – Native American Indians, African Americans, Latinas/os and Asian Americans – at the center of academic inquiry. Ethnic studies courses critically examine race and ethnic inequality and power relations in the United States, including institutional racism and white privilege. The CES supports UW-Parkside initiatives relating to racial/ ethnic diversity, the curriculum, campus climate, and retention of faculty, staff and students of color. The CES is responsible for reviewing course syllabi that fulfill the UW System’s diversity (DV) requirement, and providing support to faculty and staff in developing courses that are inclusive of multiple histories, experiences, and bodies of knowledge. Ethnic studies has relevance to all students seeking a deeper understanding of what it means to be a U.S. American in a complex, diverse society.

Requirements for the Ethnic Studies Minor (21 credits)

The ethnic studies minor may be combined with any major. It consists of 21 credits, 12 in the core courses, and 9 in the electives. All elective courses listed below are 3 credits each. Special topics courses in ethnic studies (ETHN 290/390/490) are offered from time to time and may be substituted as a general elective with the consent of the director.

  1. Required Core Courses (12 credits)
    ETHN 201 Introduction to Ethnic Studies 3 cr
    ETHN/SOCA 206 Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S. 3 cr
    ETHN/COMM 320 Privilege and Power 3 cr
         
    ETHN 494 Internship 3 cr
    OR    
    ETHN 499 Independent Study 3 cr
  2. Elective Courses Focused on Particular Ethnic Groups (3-6 credits)
    ETHN/HIST 333 Contemporary American Immigration 3 cr
    ETHN/MUSI 336 African-American Music 3 cr
    ETHN/HIST 337 African-American History 3 cr
    ETHN/COMM 363 Communication and Ethnicity
    Focus rotates among African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinas/os, and Native American Indians. May be repeated with different content.
    3 cr
    ETHN/SOCA 343 Latinas/os in the United States 3 cr
    SOCA 227 North American Indians 3 cr
    SOCA 324 African American Studies 3 cr
    SOCA 328 Asians in American Society 3 cr
  3. General Elective Courses (3-6 credits)
    COMM 107 Communication and the Human Condition 3 cr
    COMM 463 Gender, Race, Class, and Sexualities in the Media 3 cr
    CRMJ/SOCA 365 Race, Crime, Law 3 cr
    ENGL 267 Literature of Diversity 3 cr
    ETHN/PHYS 120 Astronomy of Native America 3 cr
    ETHN 208 Multicultural Theatre in America 3 cr
    ETHN/COMM 320 Privilege and Power 3 cr
    ETHN/MUSI 336 African-American Music 3 cr
    ETHN/MUSI 338 Music of the Great Migration 1900-1960 3 cr
    ETHN/MUSI 339 Music of the Great Migration 1960-1990 3 cr
    ETHN/SOCA 360 Critical Ethnic Studies 3 cr
    ETHN/COMM 365 Intercultural Communication 3 cr
    GEOG 101 Geography of American Ethnicity and Race 3 cr
    HUMA 103 Diversity in the United States 3 cr
    SOCA 323 Institutional Racism in America 3 cr
    SOCA 325 Comparative Race and Ethnic Relations 3 cr

Additional courses, offered through ethnic studies and other departments, may also count toward completion of the ethnic studies minor. These courses will be determined on a semester- by-semester basis. For more information please contact the Center for Ethnic Studies Director Dr. Jonathan Shailor at 262- 595-2218.

Courses in Ethnic Studies (ETHN)

120 Astronomy of Native America 3 cr
 

Prereq: None.  Freq: Fall, Spring.
Examines primarily the astronomical views of Native Americans and looks at how mythos, science and discrimination intersect. Current cultural conflicts between science and native groups will be examined. Additional examples of the cultural development of astronomy and science will be drawn from the Americas, Africa, Oceania, and Asia. Cross-listed with PHYS 120.

     
201 Introduction to Ethnic Studies 3 cr
 

Prereq: Sophomore standing. Freq: Fall.
Key concepts and methodologies of U.S. ethnic studies are examined with particular emphasis on four under-represented groups: Native American Indians, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinos/as.

     
206 Race and Ethnic Relations in the U.S. 3 cr
 

Prereq:  ANTH 100 or SOCA 101. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Introduces the formation and dynamics of ethnic and race relations in the United States and their social consequences in terms of the categorization of people and the distribution of their opportunities. Cross-listed with SOCA 206.

 
     
208 Multicultural Theatre in America 3 cr
 

Prereq: ENGL 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Examines African American, Asian America, Latina/o American and Native American cultures utilizing dramatic texts, live performance events and anthropological research as a means of exploring and understanding voices of diversity expressed on the American stage in the past 50 years. Field trips to theatrical productions; additional fees required. Cross-listed with THEA 208.

     
290 Special Topics in Ethnic Studies 1-3 cr
 

Prereq: None. Freq: Occasionally.
Selected topics in ethnic studies will be examined.

     
302 Race/Ethnicity: United State of American 1890 to the Present 3 cr
 

Prereq: HIST 250 or consent of instructor. Freq: Spring (even years).
Examines the continuing evolution of the United States into “an American kaleidoscope” during the 20th century.  Tests the various concepts and models of ethno-cultural interaction against the complexity and diversity of historical development during a century of rapid, massive change. Cross-listed with HIST 302.

     
315 Diversity Law: Tribal Nations 3 cr
 

Prereq: POLS 100 or ETHN minor, POLS 216 recommended. Freq: Occasionally.
Tribal relationship with the U.S. government, as nations within a nation. Tribal sovereignty, Marshall trilogy, removal, allotment, Reorganization Act, the Indian Civil Rights Act, termination, Public Law 280, religious freedom, and modern tribal governments. The tribal nations of Wisconsin are emphasized. Cross-listed with POLS 315.

     
316 Diversity Law: African Americans 3 cr
 

Prereq: POLS 100 or ETHN minor, POLS 216 recommended. Freq: Occasionally.
Analyzes the relationship of African Americans to the United States Constitution, and includes such topics as slavery, the Fugitive Slave Acts, the Civil War Amendments, segregation, the civil rights movement, voting rights, affirmative action, and housing laws. Cross-listed with POLS 316.

     
320 Privilege and Power 3 cr
 

Prereq: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Freq: Yearly.
Examines oppressive social systems constituted by inequitable distributions of privilege and power. Focuses on the relationship between dominant groups and historically underrepresented groups in the U.S. Emphasis on issues of social justice and personal responsibility. Cross-listed with COMM 320.

     
333 Contemporary American Immigration 3 cr
 

Prereq: None. Freq: Occasionally.
Examines the global economic, social, and political forces that have shaped immigration to the United States since the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 and the ways in which immigration is changing the nation and the world. Includes models of assimilation, political participation, and psychological and cultural considerations. Cross-listed with HIST 333.

     
336 African-American Music 3 cr
 

Prereq: None. Freq: Summer.
Survey and study of development and evolution of African American music 17th century to present with attention given to historical, sociological, political, and humanistic contexts. Cross-listed with MUSI 336.

     
337 African-American History 3 cr
 

Prereq: None. Freq: Fall (odd years).
Examines the experiences of African Americans from colonial times to the present with emphasis on their evolution as an ethnic group and on their struggle for equality. Cross-listed with HIST 337.

     
338 Music of the Great Migration 1900-1960 3 cr
 

Prereq: None. Freq: Occasionally.
Survey and study of African American music, from 1900-1960, related to the Great Migration and its next generation. Attention given to historical, sociological, political, and humanistic contexts. Cross-listed with MUSI 338.

     
339 Music of the Great Migration 1960-1990 3 cr
 

Prereq: None. Freq: Occasionally.
Survey and study of African American music, from 1960-1990, related to the Great Migration and its next generation. Attention given to historical, sociological, political, and humanistic contexts. Cross-listed with MUSI 339.

     
343 Latinas/os in the United States 3 cr
 

Prereq. ANTH 100 or ETHN 201 or SOCA 101. Freq: Fall.
Focuses on the social, political, and cultural dynamics of the Latina/o experience in the U.S. including racial/ethnic identity, racism, economy, immigration, colonialism). Cross-Listed with SOCA 343.

     
360 Critical Ethnic Studies 3 cr
 

Prereq: ANTH 100 or SOCA 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Examines social conditions under which ethnic groups are labeled as “races” in the Unites States and selected other societies focusing on perceptions of whiteness and hybridity and their social consequences. Cross-listed with SOCA 360.

     
363 Communication and Ethnicity 3 cr
 

Prereq: COMM 107 or consent of instructor. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Examines communication practices that construct, maintain, transform, or threaten ethnic identity in a co-cultural context. Emphasis rotates among African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinas/os, and Native Americans. May be repeated with different topic. Cross-listed with COMM 363.

     
365 Intercultural Communication 3 cr
 

Prereq: COMM 107, 207, 208; or consent of instructor. Freq: Fall.
Investigates the relationship between culture and human interaction with emphasis on ethical aspects of communication. Cross-listed with COMM 365.

     
390 Special Topics in Ethnic Studies 3 cr
 

Prereq: None. Freq: Occasionally.
Selected topics in ethnic studies will be examined.

     
490  Special Topics in Ethnic Studies 1-3 cr
 

Prereq: Junior standing, ETHN 201. Freq: Occasionally.
Selected topics in ethnic studies will be examined.

     
494 Internship 1-3 cr
 

Prereq: Consent of instructor and director. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Supervised experience in planned projects that expose students to ethnic subcultures in the United States. Up to 3 credits can be applied to the minor.

     
499 Independent Study 1-5 cr
 

Prereq: Consent of instructor and director. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Topics individually arranged. Descriptions for other minor courses are located in their respective departments.

     

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