Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2018

ETHSTD 10AC 001 | CCN: 21379

A History of Race and Ethnicity in Western North America, 1598-Present

M, W, F 5:00 pm - 5:59 pm Birge 50

4 Units


This course explores the role of "race" and ethnicity in the history of what became the Western United States from the Spanish invasion of the Southwest to contemporary controversies surrounding "race" in California. Rather than providing a continuous historical narrative, or treating each racialized "other" separately, the course works through a series of chronologically organized events in which issues of racial differences played key roles in creating what became a western identity.