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
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
AAAS 478 Hybrid
Urbanism: Urban Transformation of Central Asia (4) (also listed as
This course analyzes
the historical evolution of cities in Central Asia, as manifested in
their spatial structure, architecture, urban morphology and social
Latin American Studies
PAS 440: Power and the African American Community
Power and the African American
4 Unit Course/MW 4:20-6:00 PM
Call Number 14093
Professor: Dr. Melina Abdullah
is our next Martin, Rosa, Malcolm, or Che?
happened to the Angelas and Hueys of our generation?
won’t somebody DO SOMETHING?
YOU are the leader that you have been
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…
FEMINISM & WOMANISM
Course/MW 2:30-4:10 PM
Professor: Dr. Melina Abdullah
remember a time when a White woman-friend of mine referred to “us
which I quickly replied“I ain’t no feminist! I want a man to open the
door for me!”
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.
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.
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
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