College of Humanities

Humanities Open Classes - Fall 2017

Japanese American ExperienceAAS 361E
Japanese American Experience 
Tuesday, Thursday 12:30-1:45
Class Number 19905
Professor Tomo Hattori 

What was life like on a Hawaiian plantation? What was a Picture Bride and what did it feel like to be one?  What was a No-No Boy? And what does the Japanese American experience teach us about today's national policies of immigration, incarceration and deportation? This course explores the history, experiences, and social issues of Americans of Japanese ancestry through literary works, a graphic novel, films, museum exhibits, and community engagement. We will read The Buddha in the Attic (Anchor, 2012) by Julie Otsuka, All I Asking for Is My Body (U of Hawai’i P, 1988) by Milton Murayama, No-No Boy (U of Washington P, 2014) by John Okada, and the graphic novel The Four Immigrants Manga: A Japanese Experience in San Francisco 1904-1924 (Stone Bridge Press, 1998) by Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama. We will study these works within a multimodal approach to Japanese American experience that includes community engagement and a field trip to Los Angeles' Little Tokyo to visit the Japanese American National Museum and the Go For Broke National Education Center.

CAS 202CAS 202
Survey of Central American Visual, Installation, and Performance Art
Monday-Wednesday, 11:30am - 12:15pm
JR 246
Section #20523
Dr. Beatriz Cortez

Analysis of artistic traditions throughout the history of Central America from pre-Hispanic times to the present. The course will focus on the cultural and sociopolitical construction of Central American identities through historical and contemporary artistic creation and representation. The main emphasis will be placed on the historical and political elements, Central American ethnic and cultural diversity, the multiple struggles for visibility, and the ideological proposals that these works pose.

CAS 367CAS 367
Contemporary Religious Movements of the Central American Peoples
Monday-Wednesday, 12:30 - 1:45pm
SH 209
Section #14976
Dr. Yountae An 

The Objective of this interdisciplinary course is to provide students with a basic theoretical and practical understanding of the contemporary religious movements that shape Central American life in the region and the U.S. Emphasizes the transnational nature of Central American religious movements, as well as the ways in which these movements are responding to the legacy of war and violence that has impacted Central American life, and its diaspora.

Language Acquisition of the Chicana/o and Other ESL SpeakersCHS 433
Language Acquisition of the Chicana/o and Other ESL Speakers
Available as a hybrid class for the first time!
Ticket #: 13954 Tuesdays 4:00-5:15PM + ONLINE
Ticket #:14541 Tuesdays 5:30-6:45 PM + ONLINE

Are you interested in learning more about language and how it is acquired? Are you interested in helping Chicanas/os and other language minority children succeed in the U.S. school system? IF you answered YES to these questions, then Language Acquisition of the Chicana/o and Other ESL Speakers (CHS 433) is for you.

  • Learn theories and processes of first and second language acquisition and relate these to the language development and educational needs of Chicano/Latino and other immigrant children in California.
  • Get an overview of major linguistic and cultural immigrant groups in California schools including Latinos, Vietnamese, Filipino, Chinese and Korean.
  • Increase their knowledge about the background experiences, languages and funds of knowledge that Chicano/Latino and other immigrant students and their families bring to the classroom.
  • Learn about the relationship between language, culture, identity, acculturation and learning among Chicano/Latino and other immigrant children in California.

Questions? Contact Dr. Ana Sánchez Muñoz:

Dance of Mexico 1 and LabCHS 414/L
Dance of Mexico 1 & Lab
Thursdays, 7:00pm – 9:45pm
JR 118
Sections #14697 and #14698
Professor Cindy Padilla

LEARN Folklórico steps, get a work out and earn credit!

Corequisite: CH414L. Introduction to selected dance forms representative of diverse regions of Mexico. Emphasis on basic dance techniques, mastery of characteristics of foot work as well as the historical development of dance.

*This class fulfills the Upper Division Elective requirements for Chicana/o Studies Single/Double Majors and Chicana/0 Studies Minors students.

For more information on this course, please contact Professor Cindy Padilla at

History of Mesoamerican Literate SocietiesCHS 495HM
History of Mesoamerican Literate Societies
Mondays, 4:00pm - 6:45pm
Professor Flores-Marcial

In this upper division history course we will study the 2500 year history of Literate Mesoamerican Societies. We will explore the interconnected material and historical remains of several Mesoamerican groups and the intricate ways these corroborate, complement, and contrast with each other. We will also engage the interdisciplinary principles and challenges of integrating diverse types of evidence about the past; the relationship between various fields of study; different ways of reading and the role of literacy and the power of writing in complex societies; and relevance of the historical records to Mesoamerica’s contemporary descendants who live on both sides of the Mexico-US border.

Students will have the opportunity to interact with curators, artists, authors and other intellectuals through public programs at Los Angeles’ Central Library.  Students will also have the opportunity to serve as docents in a historical exhibit part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time II: LA/LA.

For more information contact Professor Flores-Marcial at

Intro to LiteratureENGL 255
Intro to Literature
Welcome to the world of literature! English 255 is an Introductory Literature course that explores the genres of Fiction, Poetry, and Drama.

Learn about literature through

  • Comprehensive class discussion
  • Exposure to various characteristics of literature: tone, theme, character, plot, setting, points of view, and literary form
  • Critical reading, individual interpretation and analysis of literary texts
  • Creating insightfulness about major literary ideas: human existence, cultural diversity, identity, love, and more

Studying literature encourages a deeper involvement with one’s self. It teaches us to look at the world from multiple points of view, and from the lives of different kinds of people. It gives us insight into the hardships and pain of others: the joy created in witnessing someone else’s triumphant journey; the pleasure in reading the final moments of a story’s conclusion.

Literary stories provide us with recollections of the past, comprehension of the present and dreams of the future. Fiction stories let us live in realities unlike our own, making us witnesses to different times, cultures and events than the ones that seen so familiar. Step into the World of Literature and discover astounding knowledge around every corner!

English 255 is part of the Writing Option in English (Major & Minor) and the General Education Requirement, Arts & Humanities.

GWS 301 Feminist TheoriesGWS 301
Feminist Theories
MW 9:30am - 10:45am
JH 1212
Professor Dianne Barlow

Attention GWS Majors and Minors!

A new section of GWS 301 Feminist Theories is now available!

GWS 301 is a required course for Majors and Minors. Learn about the multitude of feminist theories, from the early to the most contemporary by a diversity of feminist theorists from the U.S. and around the world. Do not miss this opportunity to fulfill your graduation requirements!

Latin American FeminismsGWS 440
Latin American Feminisms
Online, arrange
Professor Breny Mendoza

Did you know that Latin America has one of the most vibrant feminist movements in the world and that they are at the forefront of decolonial feminism today? Did you know Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a Mexican Catholic nun of the seventeenth century was an advocate for women’s rights, one hundred years before Mary Wollstonecraft? Wait, there is more: Latin America has had seven female presidents. The feminist movement was crucial to end the military dictatorships that the US government put in place in the sixties and seventies. The region is the cradle of some the most important historical events and social revolutions in world history. The colonial history of Latin America created the conditions of capitalism and patriarchalism as we know them today. This course will change the way you view the world and your place in it! Enroll today!

History of Women's MovementsGWS 495HWM
History of Women’s Movements
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:00pm – 3:15pm
JR 221

This Special Topics GWS 495-01 (19988) History of Women’s Movements course for Fall 2017 focuses on activism and social movements among women globally, nationally, and locally. We will read and discuss historic women’s movements as well as women’s role within general movements (e.g. Civil Rights Movement). Very importantly, the content of this course will include current mobilizations taking place given the existing inimical political environment and the rolling back of hard-fought policies on behalf of women and people of color.

Word cloud of greetings in various languagesLING 250
Language in California

  • Fulfills the GE Comparative Cultures requirement
  • Explores the languages of California, from native languages to immigrant languages to the various Englishes spoken in CA

Sufi dancingRS 346
SUFISM (Mystical Tradition of Islam)
Thursdays, 4:00-6:45 p.m.
JR 246
Offered by the Religious Studies Department

  • Who are the Sufis?
  • Who are Whirling Dervishes?
  • What is Love, Beauty, and Truth from a Sufi perspective?
  • Who is Rumi; why is he one of the most widely read poets in the world?
  • Why is Sufism portrayed as an antidote to Religious Violence?
  • Why do Sufis Dance and Sing?
  • What is Poverty, Repentance, Renunciation, Patience, and Trust for Sufis?

If you are curious about any of these questions, contact: or 818-677-7779

Language Classes

ARAB 102: Elemental Arabic II T/R 12:00-13:40 pm
This is a course on the continuation of the study of fundamentals of Arabic, including grammatical structures, reading and practice in the spoken language.

ARM 310. Armenian Culture R 16:00-18:45 pm
This course covers all aspects of the Armenian culture from ancient civilization to modern day life both in Armenia and in the diaspora. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies)

FREN 102. Elemental French II T/R 14:00-15:40 pm
Continuation of the study of the fundamentals of French, including grammatical structures, reading and practice in the spoken language. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies)

FREN 312. Readings in French for Business T/R 11:00-12:15 pm
Readings and discussion of texts dealing with various aspects of business, designed to introduce the students to the basic vocabulary and structures of commercial French. This is part of the French and Francophone Studies Consortium.

ITAL 202. Intermediate Italian II T/R 9:30-10:40 am
Brief review of grammar. Intensive practice in pronunciation and conversation. Reading of essays, short stories and plays, as well as study of some problems pertinent to Italian culture. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies)

KOR 201. Intermediate Korean I T/R 12:30-13:45 pm
Intermediate course designed to strengthen existing communicative skills and cultural knowledge in Korean.

PER 102. Persian 102 T/R 18:00-19:40 pm
Continuation of the study of the fundamentals of Persian, including grammatical structures, reading and practice in the spoken language.