Chicana/o Latina/o Studies Courses

ETHN 30. Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies. Introduction to exploring the Chicano/Latino experience in the U.S. An overview of the diverse and multiple experiences of people of Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Central and South America. From a socio-historical perspective, the intersections of class, race/ethnicity, and gender will be explored. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0.

ETHN 130. Chicano/Mexican-American Experience. Transmits knowledge and understanding of how racism confronts and divides American society. Attention will be given to the effects of racism on the experiences of Chicanos/Mexican Americans in American society. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0.

ETHN 131. La Raza Studies. Ethnohistorical analysis of La Raza Cosmica designed to convey crosscultural knowledge and understanding of peoples from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Central America. Includes a comparative analysis of ethnic identity and a survey of socio-cultural, political and economic changes which have influenced U.S./Latin American policy and immigration patterns of Latinos to the U.S. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0.

ETHN 132. La Mujer Chicana. Critical analysis of the cultural influence that the family, community, religion, economic status and peers play upon the decisions, the values and roles held by Chicanas. An examination of the processes which have resulted in the change of attitudes, values and roles of the contemporary Chicana. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0.

ETHN 134. Mexican Guitar, Music and Dance. Introduces the music and songs of the Southwest and Mexico. Emphasis is on the guitar as a teaching tool. Modern and folk dance will also be included. Contemporary corridos, norteños, rancheras, cumbias, and other canciones will be studied in their present day perspective. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0.

ETHN 136. US Mexican Border Relations. Contemporary issues affecting the daily lives of people living in the U.S. - Mexico Borderlands. Theories, gender issues, political, economic and social relationships on both sides of the border will be examined. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0.

ETHN 137. Race and Ethnicity in Latin America and Caribbean. Socio-economic, historical and contemporary issues affecting the various peoples living in the Latin America and the Caribbean. We will examine the intersection of race and ethnicity as well as class, gender, and identity, with attention paid to the contributions and presence of Asians, Africans, Europeans, and Indigenous peoples. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0.

ETHN 161. Latino/Chicano Politics and Public Policy. This course will explore the historical and contemporary study of Chicano/Latino political activity in the U.S. The course will review essential components of the U.S. political system and examine relevant theories and concepts that have impacted public policy debates related to education, health, immigration, employment and income inequality. The class will primarily focus on the political history and present day circumstances of the three largest Latino groups: Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Cuban Americans. Graded: Graded Student. Units: 3.0.