Courses in Ethnic Studies

American Racial Minorities

ETHN 101     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will introduce students to the importance and the understanding of the nature of race relations in the United States of America. Students will use the various sociological perspectives as a lens to examine the social construction of race, ethnicity and the evolving nature of race and ethnic relations in the U.S. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 5, 9: History/Social & Behavioral Sciences, Ethical & Civic Responsibility)

The Immigrant Experience

ETHN 110     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is devoted to understanding controversial issues around immigration to the U.S. The United States is an immigrant country. No other land can challenge America's claim as the ultimate melting pot, although we can argue about whether or not we have really "melted together" to form a cohesive society. Immigrants play a significant role in enriching American culture and fueling economic growth. Yet at the same time, they are also regarded as an "unsettling force" and a burden on the taxpayers. As the numbers of legal as well as illegal, immigrants have climbed precipitously since the 1970s and 1980s, we have seen a backlash against immigration. Immigrants have always been a part of the American scene, but in some periods, more people have come than in others. Currently, immigration is a hot topic as many immigrants are coming from countries such as Somalia, Laos and Mexico. This course will explore questions such as: What is an "American"?; Where do "Americans" come from?; What kinds of immigration issues will affect the future of the United States?; What relevance does immigration have to my life? (Prerequisite: Must have a score of 78 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher) (MNTC 5, 9: History/Social & Behavioral Sciences, Ethical & Civic Responsibility)