Contact Information

Contact Information
Division
Liberal Arts
Dean
Anne Fleischmann
Associate Dean
Patrick Marasso
Location
Division Office
W 107, Rocklin Campus

Overview

Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary program of study that focuses on the experiences, contributions, and knowledge produced by historically underrepresented racially minoritized groups in the United States; with an intersectional focus on Native Americans, Black/African Americans, Asian Americans and the Chicanx & Latinx communities. The Ethnic Studies department houses the Chicana/o Studies Associated of Arts Degree.

TRANSFER MAJOR REQUIREMENTS in Ethnic Studies (including Black/African American Studies, Native American Studies, Asian American Studies, & Chicana/o Studies) are available in the Counseling Center. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for specific transfer requirements. Positions for which four-year graduates in Ethnic Studies are qualified include careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and other helping professions.

Degrees/Certificates

Associate Degrees

Chicana and Chicano Studies

AA Degree

The Chicana and Chicano Studies (CHS) program at Sierra College offers students an interdisciplinary approach to a growing and dynamic field of study that draws from Anthropology, Art, History, Literature, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology and Spanish. The Chicana and Chicano Studies Program prepares students for further study in Chicana and Chicano Studies or a social science or humanities course of study leading to BA, MA, and/or Ph.D. degrees. Chicana and Chicano Studies provides students with career opportunities in education, social work, law, public administration, community development, the arts, ecology, health, law enforcement, and business. Upon completion of the program, students will use critical thinking to gain a greater understanding of the diverse and complex experiences of persons who identify as American Latino, Chicana, Chicano, Chicanx, Xicana, Xicano, Chican@, Hispana, Hispanic, Hispano, Indo-Hispano, Latina, Latino, Latinx, Mexican American, South/Caribbean or Central American. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. Students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

Required Courses
ETHN 0011Introduction to Ethnic Studies3
ETHN 0030Introduction to Chicana/o Studies3
HIST 0023Chicano/Mexican American History (Also ETHN 0023)3
Select 3-5 units from the following:3-5
Elementary Spanish - Level I
Elementary Spanish - Level II
Intermediate Spanish - Level I
Intermediate Spanish - Level II
Intermediate Conversational Spanish
Spanish for the Healthcare Professions
Select 3 units from the following:3
Community and the Justice System
Cultural Anthropology
Native Peoples of North America
Native Peoples of California
History of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, and Oceania
Introduction to African American Studies
Native American Cultures and the Impact of Federal Policy
Ethnic Images in Film
Introduction to Native American Studies
Teaching in a Diverse Society
The African American Experience in American History to 1877 (Also ETHN 0018A)
The African American Experience in American History since 1877 (Also ETHN 0018B)
California History
Native American History (Also ETHN 0025)
Politics of the Developing World
American Foreign Policy
First Year Seminar
Race, Ethnicity and Inequality (Also ETHN 0003)
Introduction to Social Justice
Select 3 units from the following:3
Anthropology of Sex, Gender and Sexuality
History of Women in Art
Women in American History
Introduction to Women, Gender and Religion (Also WMST 0003)
Introduction to LGBT Studies/Queer Theory (Also WMST 0002)
Women and Politics in a Global Society
Human Sexuality
Sociology of Gender
Introduction to Women's Studies
Feminism and Social Action (Also SOC 0010)
Total Units18-20

Social and Behavioral Sciences

AA or AS Degree

(formerly Social Science)

The Social and Behavioral Sciences degree provides students with a broad perspective on human behavior. Successful completion of the curriculum in Social and Behavioral Sciences offers students a breadth of knowledge that could be focused into single discipline degrees as well as applied to an interdisciplinary degree. By drawing from a select group of disciplines, students will study about themselves and others as members of a larger society. Topics and discussions strengthen students’ ability to gather and apply information, evaluate how societies and social subgroups operate, gain knowledge to apply to life and think critically. The courses emphasize a span of social and behavioral disciplines. Students should choose the emphasis appropriate to their transfer institution or areas of interest. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. Students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:

Required Courses
Select 9 units from the following Behavioral Sciences:9
Cultural Anthropology
Native Peoples of North America
Introduction to Archaeology
Native Peoples of California
Magic, Witchcraft, Ritual, Myth and Religion
Anthropology of Sex, Gender and Sexuality
Small Group Communication
Communication Foundations
Performance of Diverse Literatures
Intercultural Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Communication: Media and Society
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Dialogues in American Culture
Human Development Through the Lifespan
Child, Family, and Community
Child Growth and Development
Teaching in a Diverse Society
Principles of Nutrition
General Principles of Psychology
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Research Methods in Psychology
Psychology of Adjustment
Psychology of Death and Dying
Psychology of Intimate Relationships and Family (also HDEV 0021)
Psychology of Women
Human Sexuality
Alcohol, Drugs and Society
Psychology and Film
Cultural Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Race, Ethnicity and Inequality (Also ETHN 0003)
The Family (also HDEV 0022)
Sociology of Women's Health
Introduction to Crime, Deviance, and Social Control
Introduction to Sociology of Sport
Sociology of Gender
Introduction to Hip Hop and Social Justice (Also ETHN 0047)
Introduction to Social Justice
Select 9 units from the following Social Sciences:9
Introduction to Administration of Justice
Food, Society and the Environment
Introduction to Agricultural Business and Economics
Law and Society
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Environmental Sciences and Sustainability
Introduction to African American Studies
Immigrants and Refugees in America: The European Experience
Native American Cultures and the Impact of Federal Policy
Ethnic Images in Film
Introduction to Native American Studies
Cultural Geography
Geography of California
World Regional Geography
Western Civilization to 1715
Western Civilization since 1715
History of the United States to 1877
History of the United States since 1865
The African American Experience in American History to 1877 (Also ETHN 0018A)
The African American Experience in American History since 1877 (Also ETHN 0018B)
History of Traditional East Asia
History of Modern East Asia
California History
Contemporary United States History
American Military History
Chicano/Mexican American History (Also ETHN 0023)
Russian History - 10th Century to Present
Native American History (Also ETHN 0025)
Women in American History
World History to 1500
World History since 1500
Introduction to LGBT Studies/Queer Theory (also WMST 2)
American Government
Comparative Government
International Relations
Russian and East European Political Systems
California Politics and Government
Politics of the Developing World
American Foreign Policy
Politics of the Middle East
Terrorism
Introduction to Political Theory
Women and Politics in a Global Society
Introduction to Women's Studies
Total Units18

ETHN 0003. Race, Ethnicity and Inequality

Units: 3
Also known as SOC 3
Hours: 54 lecture
Examines the historical and contemporary impacts of the social constructs of race and ethnicity in the United States. Closely analyzes racial and ethnic inequalities within social institutions such as politics, economics, education, housing, health and medicine, and criminal justice. Explores anti-racist movements, strategies, and practices to eliminate racial and ethnic inequality. (CSU, UC)

ETHN 0011. Introduction to Ethnic Studies

Units: 3
Formerly known as SSCI 10
Hours: 54 lecture
Introduction to the diverse cultural, social, economic, historical, and political issues relating to the past and present experiences and life circumstances of Asian Americans, Latinx Americans, Black Americans, and Native Americans, along with other racial and ethnic groups. From a socio-historical perspective, the intersections of race and ethnicity with class, gender, sexuality, religion, spirituality, national origin, immigration status, ability, and age will be explored. (CSU, UC)

ETHN 0013. Dialogues in American Culture

Units: 3
Formerly known as SSCI 13
Hours: 54 lecture
Introduces students to a variety of contemporary topics through guest lectures and discussions. Explores the rich diversity of people, cultures, and opportunities within America, emphasizing theoretical and practical understanding of diversity. Employing a wide range of interdisciplinary social and behavioral science perspectives. The lecture-discussions and films explore topics including ethnicity, aging, (dis) ability, social class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, identity, politics and science. (CSU, UC)

ETHN 0018A. The African American Experience in American History to 1877

Units: 3
Also known as HIST 18A
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
Hours: 54 lecture
History of African Americans from the pre-European West African city state kingdoms to the end of Reconstruction; major events in America's development emphasizing the role of people of African descent in the political, social and economic life of the United States; the institution of slavery; free blacks in the North and the abolitionist movement. (CSU, UC)

ETHN 0018B. The African American Experience in American History since 1877

Units: 3
Also known as HIST 18B
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 1A
Hours: 54 lecture
History of African Americans in the United States since the Civil War; major events in America's development emphasizing the role of people of African descent in the political, social and economic life of the United States; Reconstruction; Jim Crow era; Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois; the Civil Rights Movement; and African Americans in the Reagan-Bush and Clinton eras. (CSU, UC)

ETHN 0020. Introduction to African American Studies

Units: 3
Formerly known as SSCI 20
Hours: 54 lecture
Introduction to the study of African American culture and experience in the United States. Places the African American experience at the center of the discourse and incorporates methodology from other disciplines that serve as a foundation for integrative and comparative perspectives. A critical examination of the African American experience and its antecedents. (CSU, UC)

ETHN 0023. Chicano/Mexican American History

Units: 3
Also known as HIST 23
Hours: 54 lecture
Comprehensive survey of the history of Mexican Americans, from the Pre-contact era to the present. Emphasis on experiences and contributions of Chicanas/os in the United States regarding culture, economy, government, law, education and politics. Includes a study of the United States Constitution. (CSU, UC)

ETHN 0025. Native American History

Units: 3
Also known as HIST 25
Hours: 54 lecture
History of Native American nations and peoples from Pre-Contact to the present. Covers the impact of European contact, trade, and colonization; examines the effects of United States political, economic, and social policies on Native Americans throughout U.S. history with an emphasis on the U.S. Constitution and Federal Indian Law. Emphasis on Native American peoples' attempts to protect their sovereignty, retain their cultural identity, and revitalize their societies across time. (CSU, UC)

ETHN 0028. Independent Study

Units: 1-3
Formerly known as SSCI 28
Designed for students interested in furthering their knowledge at an independent study level in an area where no specific curriculum offering is currently available. Independent study might include, but is not limited to, research papers, special subject area projects, and research projects. See Independent Study page in catalog. (CSU, UC-with unit limitation)

ETHN 0030. Introduction to Chicana/o Studies

Units: 3
Formerly known as SSCI 16
Hours: 54 lecture
Introductory study of the Mexican American/Latino experience in the United States. Offers an interdisciplinary approach to the examination of art, literature, film, language, ethnomusicology, culinary culture, folklore, religion, gender and immigration. Examines race, ethnicity and culture in the Chicano/Latino community and the creation of Ethnic Studies programs in the United States. (CSU, UC)

ETHN 0035. Immigrants and Refugees in America: The European Experience

Units: 3
Formerly known as SSCI 35
Hours: 54 lecture
Survey of immigration, acculturation, assimilation and cultures of peoples from northern, western, southern, eastern and central Europe. Includes a comparative overview of pre-immigration, immigration and post-immigration experiences of the people from these groups to the United States. (CSU, UC)

ETHN 0045. Native American Cultures and the Impact of Federal Policy

Units: 3
Formerly known as SSCI 45
Hours: 54 lecture
In-depth study of Native American cultures and the impact of state and federal laws pertaining to tribal sovereignty and self-governance. Covers the effects of and resistance to colonization and cultural appropriation upon Native American cultures and religions. Students gain a practical understanding of the legal, political and cultural challenges faced by Native American tribal nations in our own region and across the country. (CSU, UC)

ETHN 0047. Introduction to Hip Hop and Social Justice

Units: 3
Also known as SOC 47
Hours: 54 lecture
Defining Hip Hop as both a noun and a verb, this course takes a critical look at the history, role, and influence of Hip Hop on social reality. Evaluates both the impact Hip Hop has had on culture and the manipulation of Hip Hop within social institutions. Builds a framework of understanding for socio-political and cultural conditions in exploring Hip Hop as a vehicle to social change and justice. (CSU, UC)

ETHN 0050. Ethnic Images in Film

Units: 3
Formerly known as SSCI 50
Hours: 54 lecture
Interdisciplinary approach to study the intersections of ethnic culture, race, socio-economic class, and gender in the United States through the medium of film. Examines film content for representation and accuracy, the multiple dimensions of media stereotypes, and the authenticity of diverse ethnic experiences with particular emphasis on gender, race and class. Note: not a course in film making or film criticism. (CSU, UC)

ETHN 0053. Introduction to Native American Studies

Units: 3
Formerly known as SSCI 41
Hours: 54 lecture
Survey of the cultures of Native American people of North America focusing on the social, religious, economic, and artistic nature of various native groups. Examination of the antiquity, distribution, and linguistic history of native cultures. Addresses the contemporary status of native cultural traditions taking into account social change and adaptation. Emphasis on geographic, cultural, historical, and botanical environment of local native cultures. An optional field trip may be included. (CSU, UC)

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Read and discuss the influences of race, ethnicity, religion, economic status, gender, and sexual orientation.
  • Evaluate and examine theories of race relations and the persistence of racism, classism, and sexism.
  • Analyze the concepts of individual/institutional racism, cycles of oppression, matrix of domination and policies of exclusion.
  • Identify, recognize and appreciate the extensive contributions of historically marginalized people in the formation of the U.S.