Critical Ethnic Studies
Professors: Baptiste, Gómez (director), Katanski, Salinas, and Sinha
Critical Ethnic Studies interrogates the production of knowledge. CES Majors are required to theorize from multiple, and simultaneous, narratives of silenced peoples and epistemologies. Critical Ethnic Studies untangles and analyzes colonial and racial projects that attempt to govern the relationship between people and land.
Critical Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary field and process of engagement. The field seeks to change the logic governing the academy, and does not accept an uncomplicated grafting of content onto a universal idea. This change is realized through the relentless pursuit of multiple means of engagement. These processes invert, rethink, and displace universalities. Central to the field is a refusal to consume the other. Critical Ethnic Studies requires that scholars go beyond themselves, and devise conversations that move beyond voyeurism and consumption.
Requirements for the Major
Eight units are required.
CES 200: Argument with the Given (key concepts)
CES 240: Language: The Colonial and Imperial Difference
CES 260: Insurgency, Solidarity and Coloniality of Power
CES 490: CES Senior Colloquium
Four Electives chosen from Critical Ethnic Studies Elective List:
ANSO 270 Communities and Schools
ANSO 357 Immigrants and Exiles
ANSO-420: Boarder Epistemologies
ENGL 150 RTW*: Beyond Realism: Imperial Romance
ENGL 155 RTW*: Identities
ENGL 156 Reading the World: Social Justice
ENGL 220 African American Literature
ENGL 221 African Literatures
ENGL 222 American Indian Literatures
ENGL 230 US Ethnic Literature
ENGL 260 African Cinemas
ENGL 310 Constructing Blackness
ENGL 318 Post-colonial Literatures
ENGL 323 Chicana/o Literature
ENGL 331 East Asian Diasporic Literatures
ENGL 435 Advanced Literary Studies: American Indian Literature and the Law
GERM 430 Contemporary German Minority Cultures
GERM 435 Minority Cultures in Germany
RELG 120 Religion in the Early U.S.
RELG 121 Religion in the Modern U.S.
RELG 122 Religions of Latin America (and the Caribbean)
RELG 220 Catholicism in the Americas
RELG 221 Black Religious Experience in the Americas
RELG-295: Race and Islam in America
SEMN 499 Social Justice and the American City (when taught by Drs. Fong and Salinas)
WGS-390: Feminist and Queer Inquiry
*Courses taught as part of the RTW series in the English Department must be approved of by CES Director. Only those RTW courses taught by Drs. Salinas and Sinha will be approved.
Courses that fit into the major will be designated CES courses under course type. The elective lists will continue to develop. For a list of current electives please consult the Critical Ethnic Studies website.
Courses taken at other U.S. colleges and universities, or on Study Abroad, may count for an elective course. We usually only accept one transfer credit toward the major. Please speak with the Director of the program for final approval and clarification.
Critical Ethnic Studies courses
An official catalog is produced each summer for the following academic year and stored in the Archives section of this site. These versions are used for degree audits. Throughout the year, approved changes are incorporated immediately. Updates that have been submitted and approved by early summer will be included in the archival catalog for the next academic year in mid-summer.