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.
There are a number of minors that are excellent complements for a major in Race and Culture Studies. Sociology, Children Studies, Political Science, History, Communications, Women & Gender studies, and Anthropology are some of the more popular minors that can be chosen by our majors. A combination of any of these fields with Race and Culture Studies provides strong preparation for graduate or professional programs in Law, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Ethnic Studies, Education, Chicana/o Studies, American Indian Studies, Africana and African American Studies, and American Cultural Studies.
The mission of the academic minor in the Study of Race and Culture is to contribute to the overall mission of Eastern Washington University "to prepare broadly educated, technologically proficient, and highly productive citizens to obtain meaningful career, to enjoy enriched lives, and to make contributions to a culturally diverse society." More specifically, RCST provides Eastern Washington University students a comprehensive interdisciplinary curriculum that contributes to their understanding and appreciation of the experiences, concerns and perspectives of the three major historically marginalized populations, (African Americans, Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans) in the United States.
Central Core Emphasis of the RCST Minor : Students majoring in RCST enroll in a core curriculum using interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives. RCST minors study the history, culture, social-economics and political realities of these communities. More specifically, RCST minors gain insights about international connections relevant to these groups as well as participate in research and community based study to augment classroom learning.
Notes: *in order to graduate with a BA in Race and Culture Studies students must have a minimum grade point of 2.0 and all courses completed towards the major must be 2.0 or better.
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