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Race & Culture Studies Major

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Africana studies courses provide understanding and appreciation of the universal African diaspora today and historically from an Afrocentric world view. They also give students the opportunity to evaluate the influence of African culture on the entire human civilization.

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    The Race and Culture Studies faculty at Eastern Washington University have a deep commitment to social justice; hence, this ideal is central to their teaching philosophies and practices.

    As a major in Race and Culture Studies you will take a core set of courses that will introduce you to the general concepts regarding race, gender, class and culture and how these social formations overlap and intersect. In addition, you will choose an area of concentration from the following three areas: Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies. Some courses will focus on the discrete historical experiences and cultural contributions of these groups; others will engage in comparative analysis. If interested in the RCST major please contact one of the Directors of the Ethnic Studies Programs below:

    Dr. Deidre Almeida, Director of American Indian Studies and Executive Director of RCST, dalmeida@ewu.edu, 509-359-6242

    Dr. Scott Finnie, Interim Director of Africana Studies,  sfinnie@ewu.edu, 509-359- 6150

    Dr. Elisa Facio, Director of Chicano Studies, efacio@ewu.edu, 509-359- 6146

     

    What will I study?

    For the undergraduate program of study, a Bachelor of Arts in Race and Culture Studies is offered.

    As a major in Race and Culture Studies you will take a core set of courses that will introduce you to the general concepts regarding race, gender, class and culture and how these social formations overlap and intersect. In addition, you will choose an area of concentration from the following three areas: Africana Studies; American Indian Studies; Asian and; Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies. Some courses will focus on the discrete historical experiences and cultural contributions of these groups; others will engage in comparative analysis.

    MAJOR IN RACE AND CULTURE STUDIES (80 CREDITS)

    Foundation Courses (40 credits)

    CSBS 330 Integrated Research Methods (5)

    RCST 101 Introduction to Race and Culture (5)

    RCST 202 Race, Privilege and Power (5)

    RCST 304 Liberation and Social Change (5)

    RCST 430 Research Methodologies in Ethnic Studies (5)

    Contact Information

    Africana Education Program
    204 Monroe Hall
    Cheney, WA 99004

    email: rwondimu60@ewu.edu
    phone: 509.359.2205
    fax: 509.359.2820

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