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Department of Critical Culture, Gender, & Race Studies Undergraduate Courses

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.

100-Level Courses

CES 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.

CES 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.

CES 120: Sex, Race, and Reproduction in Global Health Politics (3) [DIVR]
Examination of how cultures, institutions, states, and economies influence reproductive health inequalities around gender, sexuality, race, class, and national identity. Same as W St 120.

CES 131: Introduction to Black Studies (3) [SSCI] [S,D]
An introduction to general knowledge concerning African Americans in the US.

CES 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 US.

CES 171: Introduction to Indigenous Studies (3) [SSCI] [G]
Introduction to indigenous studies; introductory course to contemporary indigenous cultures and politics.

200-Level Courses

CES 201: Foundations of Comparative Ethnic Studies (3)
Critical examination of the history, methodology and theoretical concepts of ethnic studies.

CES 204: Critical Studies in Whiteness (3) [S]
Political and cultural practices that define whiteness through history, popular culture and everyday life.

CES 209: Hip Hop Around the Globe (3) [HUM]
Diversity and complexity of hip hop at a local, national and global level.

CES 211: Asian Pacific American History (3) [K]
Historical experience of Asian/Pacific Americans since the 19th century. Same as History 201.

CES 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.

CES 222: Race in Sport Films (3 [2-2])
Examination of racial politics through critical discussions of sport film.

CES 235: African American History (3) [H,D]
History of African Americans in the US with emphasis upon major themes of the Black experience. Same as History 205, W St 235.

CES 240: Global Indigenous Issues (3) [I]
Critical examination of global indigenous politics in a historical perspective.

CES 244: Critical Globalizations (3) [SSCI]
Critical examination of the historical trajectory and contemporary practices, institutions, and policies that make up “globalization.”

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

CES 255: Chicana/o History (3) [S,D]
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.

CES 260: Race and Racism in US Popular Culture (3) [HUM] [S,D]
Examines images, ideologies, and identities; introduces key concepts and methods; focuses on race, gender, sexuality, and class.

CES 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.

CES 280: Race and the Law in American History (3) [S,D]
Introduction to the role of the law in American race-relations since 1750. Same as History 280.

CES 291: Anti-Semitism (3) [DIVR]
Historical, social, theological, and ideological dimensions of anti-Semitism.

300-Level Courses

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

CES 301: Race and Global Inequality (3) [M]
Examination of nationalism, colonization, empire-building, racism, ethnic conflict, and class inequality in a global context.

CES 302: Social Psychology of Prejudice (3) [S,D]
Causes and nature of prejudice from social, psychological, and cultural theoretical perspectives.

CES 304: American Roots: Immigration, Migration, and Ethnic Identity (3) [DIVR] [H,D]
An analysis of immigration to migration within the US including political and social consequences and the experiences of ethnic groups since the early 19th century. Same as History 314.

CES 305: Contemporary Masculinity and Men’s Issues (3) [S,D]
Analysis of the development of masculinity in its biological and cultural forms. Same as W St 302 and Soc 302.

CES 308: Cultural Politics of Sports (3) [SSCI] [M]
A critical examination of US sports through class, race, gender, sexuality, nationalism, and criminality.

CES 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.

CES 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.

CES 314: Topics in Asian Pacific American Literature (3) [M]
May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Trends, themes, major writers. Same as English 314.

CES 315: Asian Pacific American Autobiography (3) [M]
Critical readings of the autobiographical works, memoirs, and life writings by Asian Pacific Americans. Same as English 315.

CES 325: Traveling Cultures: Tourism in Global Perspective (3) [DIVR] [I]
Social relations and cultural practices central to tourism with examples from around the world.

CES 330: From Malcolm X to the Black Panthers (3)
Complex understanding of the history of black politics in the 1960s.

CES 331: African American Literature (3) [G]
Introduction to major issues and major works in the African American literary tradition. Same as English 321.

CES 332: Topics in African American Literature (3) [M]
May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Trends and major writers. Same as English 322.

CES 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.

CES 336: Black Popular Culture (3) [H,D]
Histories of African American pop culture; examines how African American cultural specificities emerge and transform American popular imaginations.

CES 338: Cinematic Images of Blackness (3) [H,D]
Critical perspectives on the history of cinematic images of blackness; traces experiences of blacks within Hollywood as actor or artist, subject or image.

CES 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.

CES 353: Chicana/o – Latina/o Literature (3) [G] [M]
Chicana/o and Latina/o literature, narrative, novel, autobiography, poetry, short story, and drama. Same as English 345.

CES 357: Chicana/os and Popular Culture (3)
Representation of Chicanos in US popular culture.

CES 358: US Latino/as in Film (3 [2-3]) [M]
Critical analysis of Latinas and Latinos in contemporary US mainstream movies and independent films.

CES 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.

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

CES 373: Native American Literature (3) [G] [M]
Native American literature, by and about the original inhabitants, image and counter-image, with emphasis on the 20th century. Same as English 341.

CES 375: North American Indian History, Precontact to Present (3) [DIVR] [K]
Traces American Indians from precontact to the present against the backdrop of sovereignty, treaty rights, and trust responsibility. Same as History 308. Cooperative: Open to UI degree-seeking students.

CES 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.

CES 377: Native Peoples of North America (3) [K]
A culture history/culture area study of native North America. Same as Anth 320.

CES 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.

CES 379: Indigenous Film (3) [H,D]
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.

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

400-Level Courses

CES 401: Seminar in Culture and Power (3)
Complex power relations that develop among competing local, regional, national, and global culture(s).

CES 403: Cultural Issues in Psychology (3) [T,D]
Multidisciplinary analyses of the relationship between social-ecological and political contexts and individual and collective psychology. Same as Psych 403.

CES 404: Stereotypes in Communication (3) [T,D]
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.

CES 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.

CES 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.

CES 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.

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

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

CES 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.

CES 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.

CES 426: Workers Across North America (3) [T]
Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. International interactions between workers and labor unions in Mexico, Canada and the US. Same as History 426.

CES 435: African American Women in US Society (3) [T,D]
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.

CES 436: Black Masculinities (3)
Historical, political, and cultural constructions of images of black manhood and the effects on black male subjectivity.

CES 440: Global Social Justice (3) [CAPS] [T,D]
Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Examination of social justice issues in the United States and transnationally.

CES 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.

CES 444: White Power Movements and Ideologies (3) [T]
Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Critical assessment of white supremacist and nationalist movements and ideologies around the globe.

CES 446: Racism and Anti-Racism in Global Context (3)
Theory and practice of anti-racism; history and scope; strategies to transform racist systems.

CES 454: La Chicana in US Society (3) [T]
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.

CES 465: Race, Science, and Society (3) [T]
Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. Racial thinking in science tracing the impact of scientific racism on policy, popular thought and social movements.

CES 470: Indigenous Politics (3) [T]
Course Prerequisite: Junior standing. An overview of the struggles of indigenous people; issues include rights, recognition, identity, natural resources, intellectual property, and repatriation globally.

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

CES 485: Special Topics: Study Abroad (1–15)
May be repeated for credit. S, F grading.

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

CES 491: Theories of Racism and Ethnic Conflicts (3) [M]
Provides general knowledge of the history of racist ideas and the social, political, and cultural contexts underlying ethnic conflicts.

CES 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.

CES 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.

CES 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.

CES 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.