Umoja at College of San Mateo - Umoja Class Descriptions
skip directly to Main Content Navigation Search A-Z Index Find People Top Story Breadcrumbs Footer
No classes November 8-10
Last day to drop semester-long fall classes with a 'W' grade
Monday, November 17
Thanksgiving Break
No classes November 26-30
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Linkedin
  • YouTube
  • Linkedin
Umoja
Umoja Class Descriptions

Fall Semester Umoja Classes


ETHN 105: African-American History and Culture

This is a survey of the history of African Americans from their origins in Africa to the present, with special emphasis on their contributions to California’s social, political, and economic institutions. It examines the political, economic, social, and cultural factors as well as interactions between African Americans and the larger society.

ENGL 838: Intensive Introduction to Composition and Reading
ENGL 838 is an intensive reading and composition class designed to strengthen students’ reading and writing skills and prepare them for college-level work. Students will read various full-length texts written by African American authors and work collaboratively to uncover different themes that emerge from these texts in a dynamic classroom environment. English 838 includes intensive instruction in reading comprehension and vocabulary development, elements of the essay, and composing techniques necessary for college writing.

Spring Semester Umoja Classes


ETHN 288: African-American Cinema
Contributions of Blacks in the film industry and their historical relationship to the industry. Extensive use of films, supplemented by lecture and presentations by Black persons involved in the film industry.

ENGL 105: Intensive Composition
ENGL 105 is a transferrable course, the equivalent of any university-level English 1A. Students will read primarily non-fiction texts and continue to enhance the composition skills learned in English 838. Students can expect challenging in-class activities and out-of-class work, continued collaborative tasks with classmates, field trips focusing on transfer, and a research project supported by both the English and career courses in which they are enrolled.