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Elective Courses Outside Sociology

Students completing a B.A. degree in sociology can elect to take up to 8 units outside of Sociology to count as major program electives.  Because of the close intellectual ties between ethnic studies and sociology as well as women's studies and sociology, certain courses are highlighted here from those departments.  Students may take any of these courses to count on their sociology major program.  The list is by no means exhaustive and students should talk to the sociology advisor to obtain approval for courses not listed here.  For courses listed here, it is important that students notify the sociology advisor when they enroll in these courses so that their major program can be updated appropriately to reflect these courses.  Students must also keep in mind that 8 is the maximum number of units from outside sociology which can be used as major program electives.

Asian and Asian-American Studies

AAAS 415: Asian American Communities in Southern California (4) (also listed as ANTH 415)

The course examines the Asian American enclaves and communities in Southern California by exploring culture, ethnicity, solidarity, political economy, and resistance in their creation and maintenance of communities.  Service Learning option available.


AAAS 418 History of Islamic Central Asia (4) (also listed as HIST 418)

History in global context of the region encompassing Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikstan, Turkmenstan, and Uzbekistan, from the seventh century to the present, with emphasis on common religious and cultural trends.


AAAS 478 Hybrid Urbanism: Urban Transformation of Central Asia (4) (also listed as GEOG 479)

This course analyzes the historical evolution of cities in Central Asia, as manifested in their spatial structure, architecture, urban morphology and social geography.


Chicano Studies

Coming soon...

Latin American Studies

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Pan-African Studies

PAS 440: Power and the African American Community



Power and the African American Community

PAS 440

4 Unit Course/MW 4:20-6:00 PM

Winter 2006

Call Number 14093

Professor:  Dr. Melina Abdullah

Where is our next Martin, Rosa, Malcolm, or Che?

What happened to the Angelas and Hueys of our generation?

Why won’t somebody DO SOMETHING?

YOU are the leader that you have been waiting for!

This class offers much more than a classroom learning experience; it is structured to encourage you and provide you with the tools necessary to analyze the way power circulates in society, to identify ways that a more egalitarian society can come to be, and to view yourself as a vehicle for change.  Through an examination of ways in which positions of privilege and oppression impact access to power, we will identify areas where change is necessary and devise strategies through which we can begin to create a more just world. 


PAS 405: Black Feminism and Womanism

The “F” Word… 


PAS 405

4 Unit Course/MW 2:30-4:10 PM

Spring Quarter 2005

Professor: Dr. Melina Abdullah

I remember a time when a White woman-friend of mine referred to “us feminists”

 to which I quickly replied“I ain’t no feminist!  I want a man to open the door for me!” 

Since then, I have come to understand feminism as much more than a question of opening doors or paying for dinner, but I also maintain that there are some very clear reasons behind

 women of color’s  rejection the “F” word.

Mainstream feminism has failed to address our particular realities – especially our racial identities.  Similarly, race-based movements have largely focused on the experiences of men of color, neglecting the gender-based and intersectional positions of women of color.

This class adopts a womanist framework.  It enables women of color to simultaneously respond to all of the ways in which we are oppressed.  It also stands as a movement to counter oppression wherever we find it and work to bring about a more just and peaceful world.

While the course is grounded in the experiences and perspectives of Black women specifically and women of color more broadly, it asserts that all people – regardless of race or gender –  who are committed to social, political and economic justice are necessary coalition partners.

Course Readings will include works by: Alice Walker, Patricia Hill Collins, Cherrie Moraga, Alma Garcia, Katie Cannon and Angela Davis, Nellie Wong and Devon Mihesuah


Women's Studies

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