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Connie C. So
AES 150
Seattle Campus

Introductory History of American Ethnic Groups

Survey of the history of African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicanos, and American Indians in the United States.

Class description

American Ethnic Studies 150 is a course on the history and lives of racial ethnic Americans in the United States. Students are expected to gain a greater understanding of how differences and similarities of race, ethnicity, class, gender and generation have influenced both the objective and subjective life experiences of people in American society.

The course has been divided in three ways: the first part deals with America’s history from colonial times until the 1960s; the second part focuses on how contemporary issues are impacted by the past; and the last part involves using class material to analyze an American “historical” product made before the 1970.

Student learning goals

help students gain an understanding of how race, ethnicity, class and gender impact all Americans – especially those who are viewed as racial ethnic minorities.

Identify some key events impacting people of color including the emergence of slavery, Trail of Tears, Wounded Knee, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, 1882 Exclusion Act, Japanese American Internment, among others.

Critically analyze media through historical lens.

General method of instruction

This class will be run as a lecture-seminar, meaning all students must keep up with the readings and participate in discussion. Fridays will be spent as a discussion section focusing primarily on your final paper and other topics related to class.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites. Note that AES 150 is a required course for AES majors.

Class assignments and grading

Essay exams, papers and discussion, graded on a student's ability to synthesize information.

There are four requirements for the course: discussion, two midterms, and a 5-7 pages final paper. Grades have been divided in the following manner: Discussion/Attendance: 5 percent First Midterm: 25 percent Second Midterm: 35 percent Paper: 35 percent


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Connie C. So
Date: 01/21/2014