College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies

CES Course Descriptions

Course titles link to sample syllabi from past courses. See the WSU Catalog for the most current list of comparative ethnic studies (CES) courses, or visit the Schedules of Classes to learn what's being offered and when.


101 Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies (3)
[DIVR] [I]

Comparative issues in Asian American, African American, Chicana/o, and Native American cultures in the United States.

111 Introduction to Asian Pacific American Studies (3)
[HUM] [S,D]

Examination of the social, political, economic, and cultural experiences of Asian/Pacific Americans in the historical and contemporary period.

131 Introduction to Black Studies (3)
[SSCI] [S,D]

An introduction to general knowledge concerning African Americans in the U.S.

151 Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies (3)
[HUM] [G]

Examination of the history, culture, political and economic status of Chicano/as and Latino/as in the U.S.

171 Introduction to Indigenous Studies (3)
[SSCI] [G]

Introduction to indigenous studies; introductory course to contemporary indigenous cultures and politics.


201 Foundations of Comparative Ethnic Studies (3)
 

Critical examination of the history, methodology and theoretical concepts of ethnic studies.

204 [S] Critical Studies in Whiteness (3)
 

Political and cultural practices that define whiteness through history, popular culture and everyday life.

209 [HUM] Hip Hop Around the Globe (3)
 

Diversity and complexity of hip hop at a local, national and global level.

211 [K] Asian Pacific American History (3)
 

Historical experience of Asian/Pacific Americans since the 19th century. Same as History 201.

220 Introduction to Multicultural Literature (3)
[HUM] [H,D] 

Survey of multicultural literature including European American, African American, Asian American, Chicana/o, and Native American authors. Same as English 220.

222 Race in Sport Films (3 [2-2])
 

Examination of racial politics through critical discussions of sport film.

235 [H,D] African American History (3)
 

History of African Americans in the U.S. with emphasis upon major themes of the Black experience. Same as History 205, W St 235.

240 [I] Global Indigenous Issues (3)
 

Critical examination of global indigenous politics in a historical perspective.

244 [SSCI] Critical Globalizations (3)
 

Critical examination of the historical trajectory and contemporary practices, institutions, and policies that make up "globalization."

254 [S,D]  Comparative Latino/a Cultures (3)
 

Comparison of the contemporary and historical experiences of Latinos and Latinas in the United States, and their relations with other minority groups and the majority populations.

255 [S,D] Chicana/o History (3)
 

The historical development of the Chicano/a community in relation to the dynamics of race relations, class structure, ethnic identity, gender, and sexuality in American society from 1521 to the 20th century.

260 Race and Racism in U.S. Popular Culture (3)
[HUM] [S,D]

Examines images, ideologies, and identities; introduces key concepts and methods; focuses on race, gender, sexuality, and class.

271 Native Music of North America (3)
[HUM] [G]

Music and ceremonialism as a reflection of realities in North American native cultures, past and present. Same as Mus 265.

280 [S,D] Race and the Law in American History (3)
 

Introduction to the role of the law in American race-relations since 1750. Same as History 280.

291 [DIVR] Anti-Semitism (3)
 

Historical, social, theological, and ideological dimensions of anti-Semitism.


300 [S] [M] Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: 3 hours CES, W St, or Soc 101. Intersections between race, class, and gender through case studies; experiences in interdisciplinary methods. Same as W St 300, Soc 300.

301 [M] Race and Global Inequality (3)
 

Examination of nationalism, colonization, empire-building, racism, ethnic conflict, and class inequality in a global context.

302 [S,D] Social Psychology of Prejudice (3)
 

Causes and nature of prejudice from social, psychological, and cultural theoretical perspectives.

304 American Roots: Immigration, Migration, and Ethnic Identity (3)
[DIVR] [H,D]

An analysis of immigration to migration within the U.S. including political and social consequences and the experiences of ethnic groups since the early 19th century. Same as History 314.

305 [S,D] Contemporary Masculinity and Men's Issues (3)
 

Analysis of the development of masculinity in its biological and cultural forms. Same as W St 302 and Soc 302.

308 Cultural Politics of Sports (3)
[SSCI] [M]

A critical examination of U.S. sports through class, race, gender, sexuality, nationalism, and criminality.

309 Queer Identities in Contemporary Cultures
[ARTS] [H,D]

Course Prerequisite: CES 101, CES 201, W St 101, or W St 201. Analysis of roots/legacies of creative resistance writing by Queer communities of color; students learn to produce creative resistance work. Same as W St 369.

311 Asian Diaspora Across the Americas (3)
 

Migration of Asian populations across the Pacific, North and South America, and the Caribbean.

313 Asian Pacific American Literature (3)
[HUM] [G]

Asian American fiction, drama, poetry, and other arts, 1900 to present; impact of Asian/Pacific American culture and experience upon these works. Same as English 311.

314 [M]  Topics in Asian Pacific American Literature (3)
 

May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Trends, themes, major writers. Same as English 314.

315 [M] Asian Pacific American Autobiography (3)
 

Critical readings of the autobiographical works, memoirs, and life writings by Asian Pacific Americans. Same as English 315.

325 Traveling Cultures: Tourism in Global Perspective (3)
[DIVR] [I]

Social relations and cultural practices central to tourism with examples from around the world.

330 From Malcolm X to the Black Panthers (3)
 

Complex understanding of the history of black politics in the 1960s.

331 [G] African American Literature (3)
 

Introduction to major issues and major works in the African American literary tradition. Same as English 321.

332 [M] Topics in African American Literature (3)
 

May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Trends and major writers. Same as English 322.

335 Black Freedom Struggle (3)
[SSCI] [S]

Historic exploration of black resistance focusing on nationwide movement that developed following World War II. Same as History 313.

336 [H,D] Black Popular Culture (3)
 

Histories of African American pop culture; examines how African American cultural specificities emerge and transform American popular imaginations.

338 [H,D] Cinematic Images of Blackness (3) | summer offering
 

Critical perspectives on the history of cinematic images of blackness; traces experiences of blacks within Hollywood as actor or artist, subject or image.

340 Empire and Race (3)
 

Analysis of historical and contemporary manifestations of Empire and their effect on race and the international racialized division of labor.

353 [G] [M] Chicana/o – Latina/o Literature (3)
 

Chicana/o and Latina/o literature, narrative, novel, autobiography, poetry, short story, and drama. Same as English 345.

357 Chicana/os and Popular Culture (3)
 

Representation of Chicanos in U.S. popular culture.

358 [M] U.S. Latino/as in Film (3 [2-3])
 

Critical analysis of Latinas and Latinos in contemporary US mainstream movies and independent films.

359 Chicana/o and Latina/o Politics (3)
 

Character, role, and goals of Chicano/Latino politics; contemporary Chicano/Latino issues. Same as Pol S 375.

372 [S,D] Indigenous Women in Traditional and Contemporary Societies (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: One of Anth 101, 214, CES 101, 171, or W St 101, 200, or 201. Exploration of roles and activities of women in indigenous societies; how traditional gender roles have developed and changed. Same as Anth 312, W St 372.

373 [G] [M] Native American Literature (3)
 

Native American literature, by and about the original inhabitants, image and counter-image, with emphasis on the 20th century. Same as English 341.

375 [K]  North American Indian History, Precontact to Present (3)
 

History of North American Indian peoples from circa 1350 to present. Same as History 308. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

376 America Before Columbus (3)
[SSCI] [K]

Recommended preparation: Anth 101. Cultures and environments of North/Middle America from the arrival of the earliest hunter-gatherers to the complex Mayan and Aztec civilizations. Same as Anth 331.

377 [K] Native Peoples of North America (3)
 

A culture history/culture area study of native North America. Same as Anth 320.

378  Contemporary Native Peoples of the Americas
[DIVR] [S,D]

Recommended preparation: Anth 101 or CES 171. Contemporary cultures of Native American communities emphasizing North America. Same as Anth 327.

379 [H,D] Indigenous Film (3)
 

Critical examination of films and videos featuring and by indigenous peoples; traces the history of the indigenous peoples as subjects of films and as filmmakers.

380 [S,D] Immigration and Citizenship in the Global Economy (3)
 

Examination of past and current notions of immigration and citizenship in North American, Asian, and European countries as defined by government officials, political organizations, community groups, and popular culture.


401 Seminar in Culture and Power (3)
 

Complex power relations that develop among competing local, regional, national, and global culture(s).

403 [T,D] Cultural Issues in Psychology (3)
 

Multidisciplinary analyses of the relationship between social-ecological and political contexts and individual and collective psychology. Same as Psych 403.

404 [T,D] Stereotypes and the Media (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: Certified in any major. Examines portrayals of social groups in the media and the impact portrayals have on perceptions, expectations, and aspirations of members of portrayed groups and nonmembers.Same as Com 471.

405 Cultural Criticism and Theory (3)
[CAPS] [T] 

Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Major critiques and theories of colonialist and imperialist formations of culture. Same as English 410.

406 Philosophy and Race (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: 3 hours in Phil or CES 201. Examination of race within western philosophy including work of philosophers of color and analysis of the category race. Same as Phil 406.

407 Race, Gender, and the Prison Industrial Complex (3)
 

Race, gender and nationality and how they affect the organization and maintenance of the prison industrial complex.

408 [T,D] Introduction to Critical Race Feminism (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Studies structural inequalities in the US through historically grounded analysis of social systems, race, gender, and the law. Same as W St 408.

411 [T,D] Asian Pacific American Women (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: CES or W St course; junior standing. Intersection of ethnicity, race, class, gender and sexuality in the lives of Asian Pacific American women. Same as W St 411.

413 Asian Pacific Americans and Popular Culture (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: CES 101 or 111. Examines the racial politics that have developed around the representation of Asian Pacific Americans in US popular culture.

421 Intercultural Communication and Globalization (3)
[DIVR] [T]

Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. How global processes shape intercultural communication and how globalization is understood, advanced, and opposed by different groups. Same as ComSoc 421.

426 [T] Workers Across North America (3)

Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. International interactions between workers and labor unions in Mexico, Canada and the US. Same as History 426.

435 [T,D] African American Women in U.S. Society (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Critical terms and models for understanding the experiences of African American women in antebellum America to the present; an interdisciplinary forum concerned with the national experience of the African American woman experience. Same as W St 435.

436 Black Masculinities (3)
 

Historical, political, and cultural constructions of images of black manhood and the effects on black male subjectivity.

440 Global Social Justice (3)
[CAPS] [T,D]

Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Examination of social justice issues in the United States and transnationally.

442 Nation, Ethnicity, and Modernity (3)
 

Relationship between modernity and nation-making in relation to dominant constructions of race and ethnicity and histories of colonialism.

444 [T] White Power Movements and Ideologies (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Critical assessment of white supremacist and nationalist movements and ideologies around the globe.

446 Racism and Anti-Racism in Global Context (3)
 

Theory and practice of anti-racism; history and scope; strategies to transform racist systems.

454 [T] La Chicana in U.S. Society (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Intersections of race, class, gender and sexual orientation in the experience of a marginalized group - Chicanas. Same as W St 454.

465 [T] Race, Science, and Society (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Racial thinking in science tracing the impact of scientific racism on policy, popular thought and social movements.

470 [T]  Indigenous Politics (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. An overview of the struggles of indigenous people; issues include rights, recognition, identity, natural resources, intellectual property, and repatriation globally.

475 [T,D] Indians of the Northwest (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: Anth 320, CES 171, 375, 377, or History 308; junior standing. History and ethnography of Native Americans of the Coast and Plateau; historic relationship with Europeans and Euro-Americans, and other Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Chicanas/os.

485 Special Topics: Study Abroad (1–15)
 

May be repeated for credit. S, F grading.

489 [CAPS] Everyday Struggles for Justice and Equality (3)
 

Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Investigation of everyday realities of racism, sexism, and heterosexism; applied research; communication of findings through new and/or creative media. Same as W St 489.

491 [M] Theories of Racism and Ethnic Conflicts (3)
 

Provides general knowledge of the history of racist ideas and the social, political, and cultural contexts underlying ethnic conflicts.

494 Advanced Topics in Ethnic Studies (3)
 

May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 9 hours. Course Prerequisite: 3 credits in CES. A reading and discussion course that explores special topics in ethnic studies.

495 Special Topics in Comparative Ethnic Studies (3)
 

May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Course Prerequisite: 3 credits in CES. Cross-cultural studies on Asian Pacific Americans, Blacks, Chicanas/os, and Native Americans.

498 Internships in Comparative Ethnic Studies (1-3)
 

Course Prerequisite: 12 hours of CES; junior standing. Internship component for CES majors and minors. S, F grading.

499  Directed Independent Study (1-4)
 

May be repeated for credit. Independent study conducted under the jurisdiction of an approving faculty member; may include independent research studies in technical or specialized problems; selection and analysis of specified readings; development of a creative project; or field experiences. S, F grading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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