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Comparative ethnic studies (CES) offers a unique opportunity to study the social, economic, and political forces that have shaped the historic experience of diverse ethnic communities in the United States over the last 500 years and that continue to determine our future.
CES embraces interdisciplinary, comparative, and transnational approaches to studying race relations and the intersectionality of race, gender, class, sexuality, and globalization.
Students taking CES classes not only expand their knowledge of the histories, cultures, and social formation of communities of color, but also develop life skills of critical thinking, writing, textual analysis, and oral communication, all necessary for success beyond the university.
- To encourage scholarly development among our students, the program gives out departmental awards to majors who have written outstanding papers during the academic year.
- Learn through seminars, internships, fieldwork, study abroad, and other experimental modes.
- The Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies faculty represents the best and brightest of WSU, representing top universities from throughout the nation and a range of disciplines.
- The curriculum is diverse and flexible, allowing majors to take an in-depth examination of a particular community or prepare for a particular career.
- A small department gives you the opportunity to meet one-on-one with your professors, whether for help with class or expanding understanding of a particular issue.
- The department’s commitment to undergraduate education and transgressive pedagogy provides unique opportunities for students to work closely with faculty on independent studies and special projects.
- The department organizes a speaker series each year, which brings top scholars and activists to campus.
Students majoring in comparative ethnic studies take these core courses:
Foundations of Comparative Ethnic Studies
Cultural Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Identity
Race and Global Inequality
Theories of Racism and Ethnic Conflicts
As a CES major, you can take classes in a wide array of fascinating topics. A few examples:
Race in Sport Films
Hip Hop Around the Globe
Race and Racism in US Popular Culture
Race and the Law in American History
African American Literature and History
Black Freedom Struggle
Asian Diaspora Across the Americas
American Roots: Immigration, Migration, and Ethnic Identity
Social Psychology of Prejudice
Minor in comparative ethnic studies
A minor in comparative ethnic studies can be a good addition to almost any major. To qualify for a CES minor, students need to take Foundations of Comparative Ethnic Studies and 18 credit hours of CES course work.
Note: See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
For comparative ethnic studies majors
The Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies offers four undergraduate scholarships for majors each year. In addition, students can apply for more than $50,000 in scholarships awarded by the College of Liberal Arts.
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Strong reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, or a desire to develop these skills.
A willingness to engage in critical discussions and constructive analyses of structures of domination, privilege, colonization, and other prominent themes central to cultural and ethnic studies.
Because contemporary life demands awareness of and engagement with racial diversity, a major in comparative ethnic studies prepares you to pursue graduate or professional training in law, education, journalism, business, medicine, public health, social work, urban planning, international relations, politics, counseling, and other fields. Many graduates are also community leaders and activists.