ETST 205 - Ethnicity and the Media

  • 3 credits

This course provides an overview of how race and ethnicity are represented in mass media, with an emphasis on intersecting identities of class, gender, sexuality and disability. Key forms of popular culture, including films, TV and music, will be explored from historical to present-day perspectives. Additionally, the course focuses on social media and news.

This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Global and Cultural Awareness (Category 3E) and is approved under gtPathways in the content area of Human Behavior, Culture, or Social Frameworks (GT-SS3).

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Disability & The Media (2015)
    Ellis, Katie and Goggin, Gerard
    ISBN: 978-0230293205
  • Media Messages: What Film, Television and Popular Music Teach Us…, 2nd Ed.
    Holtzman, Linda and Sharpe, Leon
    ISBN: 978-0765617576


Maricela DeMirjyn

(970) 491-1685 |

Maricela DeMirjyn is an associate professor in ethnic studies and an affiliated faculty with the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, as well as the Italian Studies Program and the Latin American Studies Program. In her scholarly work, Maricela is interested in intersectionality and identity construction, particularly as experienced by Chicana and Latina populations. She is a participant in the emergent discourse regarding visual narrative analysis within the contexts of social activism and marginalized communities.

Her most recent publication in this area is “Las Madonnas Morenas: Feminist Narratives of Cultural & Sexual Spirituality.” As an executive board member of the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research and the President's Commission on Women and Gender Equity, her dedication to fields of inquiry supporting women and gender studies, as well as administrative leadership, is continual.

Maricela has been an active member in several national academic organizations, including the National Women's Studies Association, the National Association of Ethnic Studies, the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies, Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, the American Educational Research Association, and the Pacific Sociological Association. Her past work as a director and counselor in the respective fields of familial violence and addiction treatment has fostered her advocacy interests in leadership and issues concerning equity both within the University and local communities. Presently, she is a consultant for the CA7AE: HIV/AIDS Prevention Project and co-chairs the Northside Aztlan Community Center Advisory Board in Fort Collins.