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Cultural & Ethnic Studies

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CES 100 Race in the United States • 5 Cr.

Explore the role that race plays in your life, your community, and the nation at large. Using multiple means of analysis (scholarship, literature, and media), we will investigate how race shapes American society and identity from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

CES 104 Whiteness Studies: Identity and Inquiry • 5 Cr.

Critically understand the concept and invention of whiteness, who is considered white, and what it means to be white in the U.S. as well as globally. Using multiple means of analysis (scholarship, literature, and media), we will investigate the social, legal, and political construction of whiteness and when, where, how and why whiteness operates in everyday life in the 21st century. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

CES 109 Introduction to Women's Studies • 5 Cr.

Examine the ways gender inequality and power shape women?s lives and experiences in the U.S. and globally. Topics may include marriage, motherhood, popular culture, family, education, reproductive rights, sexuality, politics, economic status, current events, and activism.

CES 115 Storytelling: Identity and Culture through Film • 5 Cr.

Examine the ways that film reflects, counters, reshapes, and impacts society. Understand the historical, political, and social contexts of film and learn to critically ?read? film to better understand culture and inequality. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

CES 120 Introduction to Native American Studies • 5 Cr.

Examine Native American identity, culture, and politics. Explore historical and contemporary issues facing Native American peoples through studying Indigenous literature, representation of Native peoples in film, as well as Native American perspectives, experiences, and resistance. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

CES 121 Native Americans & Film • 5 Cr.

Provides an historic and contemporary perspective on the representations of Native Americans in cinema. Explores the invention of Natives in Hollywood and the creation of a Native aesthetic. Same as SOC 121. Either CES 121 or SOC 121 may be taken for credit, not both. Recommended: ENGL& 101. Previously ETHN 121.

CES 130 Ethnic Identity of Deafness • 5 Cr.

Leads students to an understanding of Deafness as a cultural identity, through an exploration of Identity Formation, as explained by social scientific theory, and expressed through film, art, literature, poetry and visual music, which reveal the historical and social forces that act upon the lives of Deaf people in the modern world.

CES 140 Introduction to African American Studies • 5 Cr.

Examine African American identity, culture, and politics. Explore historical and contemporary issues facing African Americans in the United States. Topics may include: social construction of black identity, film and media representations of black life, racial inequality, intersectionality of identity and systems of power, African American activism and literary and artistic achievements. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

CES 150 Introduction to Asian American Studies • 5 Cr.

Examine Asian American identity, culture, and politics. Explore historical and contemporary issues facing Asian Americans. Topics may include: development of the model minority myth, diversity and differences among Asian American communities, Asian American activism, and inter-ethnic relations. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit. Previously CES 152. Either CES 150 or CES 152 can be taken for credit, not both.

CES 170 Introduction to Latinx Studies • 5 Cr.

Examine Latinx identity, culture, and politics. Explore historical and contemporary issues facing Latinx communities in the U.S. Topics may include: Latinx cultural and racial identity, social movements, immigration, stereotypes, social stratification, and racial inequality and activism. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

CES 181 Muslims in America • 5 Cr.

Examine Muslim American identity, culture, and community. Explore historical and contemporary issues facing Muslim Americans in the United States, including representations of Muslim Americans, racialization of Islam, Islamophobia, gender and women's rights in Islam, social justice and activism. Examine and analyze the history and contributions of Muslim Americans in film and media. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

CES 198 Seminar in Cultural and Ethnic Studies • V1-10 Cr.

Includes seminars, workshops, etc. for which college credit is offered.

CES 199 Independent Studies in Cultural & Ethnic Studies • V1-5 Cr.

Covers directed readings, special projects and independent study by an individual student. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Previously ETHN 199.

CES 200 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace • 5 Cr.

Why is diversity in the workplace important and necessary? How does race and gender function in the structuring of our workplaces?  What kinds of policies or practices can be implemented to make workplaces more equitable and inclusive? Using case studies and real-world examples, critically examine how social inequality gets reproduced in the workplace and learn direct, practical skills for building more socially just and inclusive workplaces. Satisfies either Social Sciences or Humanities credit. 

CES 201 Sports, Narrative, Identity and Nation • 5 Cr.

Sports is more than just a game. Examine how culture is expressed through the sports we play and understand how sports defines the way we see ourselves as individuals. Using multiple means of analysis (scholarship, literature, and media), we will explore defining oneself as an athlete, the effects of competition, why America loves rooting for an underdog, sports as a means of forging or maintaining connections, marketing through and the marketing of sports, examining heroes and icons as well as issues and controversies in sports, and analyzing the ways inequalities, politics, gender, sexuality, race, and ability play out in the arena of sports. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

CES 210 Art and Music in Communities of Color • 5 Cr.

Explore how music and art are not only forms of artistic expressions but are also sources of self-empowerment and resistance against dominant power structures for communities of Color. Learn about how the aesthetic values of a piece of art or music have cultural/ethnic roots and the historical and contemporary ways music and art are used as tools of social activism. Topics may include: specific genres of music, concepts of embodiment, protest or graphic art, performance art, and more. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

CES 211 Art & Soul: Cultural Connections through Art • 5 Cr.

Explore and directly participate in artistic cultural practices of communities of Color in a highly kinesthetic environment. Learn in a hands-on way how art, dance or music of communities of Color can be forms of self-empowerment as well as tools for social change. Course focus and genres are determined by the instructor. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

CES 234 Being Mixed Race the US • 5 Cr.

What does it mean to be mixed race? Isn't everyone mixed? Explore what it means to be mixed race in the US. Examine what our society tells us about race and ethnicity and how being mixed challenges those long-held understandings. Themes will include media representations, personal narratives, identity, and many more. May be used as social science course requirement at BC.

CES 257 Queer Studies • 5 Cr.

Explore social and historical issues facing queer and LGBTQ people in the U.S. Through analysis of queer literature, art, history, pop culture, and activism, we will examine the ways that sex, gender, and sexual orientation are not just private experiences or categories but larger social issues tied to political, legal, economic, and cultural power and inequality. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

CES 281 Issues in Womens Studies • 5 Cr.

An exploration of women's specific issues from a cultural and historical perspective. Topics are announced in the quarterly schedule. Previously ETHN 281.

CES 285 Comedy as Resistance • 5 Cr.

Explore how comedy, humor, and satire are used to address social problems and push back against dominant culture. Students will examine historic and contemporary comedic forms such as blackface minstrelsy, political cartoons, and stand-up comedies and analyze how they have been used to critique and disrupt social-cultural stereotypes and inequities. We will also investigate the boundaries, politics, and different distinctions around something being ?just a joke.? Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.

CES 286 Popular Culture, Identity and Social Change • 5 Cr.

Critically analyze popular culture that surrounds us every day and learn about the racialized, classed, and gendered messages we consume. Examine how popular culture reinforces and challenges race, class and gender norms and what pop culture representations say about the lived realities of marginalized groups. Specific topics may include social media, blogs, reality television, consumerism, advertising and images, current social issues, film, and music.

CES 295 Special Topics in Cultural and Ethnic Studies • V1-5 Cr.

Allows focused study of a topic supplementing the Cultural and Ethnic Studies curriculum. Student interest and instructor expertise help determine the topic, which is announced in the class schedule. Examples of topics are American Women Artists, Stages of American Life, Modernity in America, and Immigrant Women. Previously AMST 295.

CES 296 Special Topics in Cultural and Ethnic Studies • V1-5 Cr.

Allows focused study of a topic supplementing the Cultural and Ethnic Studies curriculum. Student interest and instructor expertise help determine the topic, which is announced in the class schedule. Examples of topics are American Women Artists, Stages of American Life, Modernity in America, and Immigrant Women. Previously AMST 296.

CES 299 Individual Studies in American Studies • V1-5 Cr.

Covers directed reading, special projects, and independent study by an individual student. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Previously AMST 299.