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Race and Culture Studies

Coming Winter quarter 2013!

The College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work has a new Bachelor of Arts degree in Race and Culture Studies available Winter Quarter 2013.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the field, courses draw from a variety of disciplines such as literature, history, sociology and cultural studies. The deep and broad focus of the discipline not only prepares students for understanding the experiences of the various racialized minorities in the Unites States, but also helps them understand and examine American society at large, as well as the important continuities and commonalities across other national and racial boundaries.

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.

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.

For more information about the Race and Culture Studies major, please contact:

Africana Education Program: www.ewu.edu/africanaedu

Chicano Education Program: www.ewu.edu/chicanoed

American Indian Studies Program: www.ewu.edu/ais

What are the degree options?

Undergraduate program

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)

Required (choose two)

AAST 101 Introduction to Africana Studies (5)

CHST 101/ANTH 161 Introduction to Chicano Culture (5)

IDST 101 Introduction to Indian Studies (5)

Required Capstone

RCST 490 Capstone (5)

or IDST/CHST/AAST 491 Senior Thesis (5)

Degree Options-choose two of the three emphasis areas for the BA.

AFRICANA STUDIES EMPHASIS AREA (20 CREDITS)

Required

AAST/HIST/HONS 215 Early African American History (5)

Choose (15 credits)

AAST/HONS/HUMN 214 Introduction to African American Culture (5)

AAST/HIST/HONS 216 20th Century African American History: 1877 to the Obama Era (5)

AAST 301 Harlem Renaissance: Reconstruction to 1930 (5)

AAST/HIST/HONS 315 African History: Ancient Africa to Mandela (5)

AAST/SOWK 320/SOCI 371 African American Family (5)

AAST 331 History and Dynamics of U.S. Slavery (2)

AAST/ANTH 347 Peoples of Africa (5)

AAST 375 African American Cinema: 1915-1990 (5)

AAST/ENGL 381 Contemporary African American Literature (5)

AAST/ECON/424/WMST 426 Economics of Poverty and Discrimination (5)

AAST/WMST 430 From Mammies to Jemimas: The Black Women's Struggle (5)

AAST 435 Negro Spirituals (1)

AAST 481 Dr. King and Malcolm X: A Comparison (2)

AAST 495 Africana Studies Internship (1-5)

AAST 499 Independent Directed Studies (1-5)

ART 310 World Art (5)

CHICANO STUDIES EMPHASIS AREA (20 CREDITS)

Required (10 credits)

CHST/HIST 218 Chicano History (5)

CHST/WMST 230 Chicanas and Latinas in the United States (5)

Choose (10 Credits)

CHST 300 Survey of Chicano Literature (5)

CHST 310 Latinas and Latinos in the U.S. Media (5)

CHST 320 Chicano-Latino Politics in America (5)

CHST 330 Latino Immigration to the United States (5)

CHST 331 The Latino Family in the U.S. (5)

CHST 340 Latina/o Communities in the U.S.: Field Research in Chicana/o Latina/o Studies (5)

CHST 495 Chicano Internship Practicum (1-5)

CHST 498 Chicano Experience (1-5)

CHST 499 Directed Study (1-5)

INDIAN STUDIES EMPHASIS AREA (20 CREDITS)

Required

IDST 321 Contemporary Indian Issues (5)

Choose (15 credits)

IDST/ENGL 380 Survey of Native American Literatures (5)

Note: only one Salish language class 201, 202, 203 can count here.

IDST 201 Salish Language and Culture I (5)

IDST 202 Salish Language and Culture II (5)

IDST 203 Salish Language and Culture III (5)

IDST/HIST 316 American Indian History I (5)

IDST/HIST 317 American Indian History II (5)

IDST 325 Native American Writing (5)

IDST 330 Indian Wars Past and Present (5)

IDST 338 American Indian Cinema (5)

IDST/ENGL 380 Survey of Native American Literatures (5)

IDST/CHST 420 Readings In Decolonization (5)

IDST 421 Federal Indian Law and Policy I (5)

IDST 422 Federal Indian Law and Policy II (5)

IDST/WMST 477 Contemporary Indigenous Women (5)

IDST/HIST 480 Native American Oral Traditions (5)

IDST/EDUC 485 Indigenous Education (5)

IDST 495 Indian Studies Internship (1-5)

IDST 497 Workshops, Short Courses, Conferences (1-5)

IDST 498 Seminar (5)

IDST 499 Directed Independent Study (1-5)

 

Required foundation courses 40 Credits

Two required emphasis areas 40 Credits

Minimum total credits for above major 80 Credits

What can I do with my degree?

The greatest job skills you can acquire through a liberal arts education are "people skills." Employers can teach you the particular skills of the job. But they don't have the time to teach you how to work with and for people. In the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work and major in Race and Culture Studies, you will learn how to work with people of different backgrounds because you will have knowledge about their cultures, their social and historical experiences, and their ways of interacting and being in the world. The knowledge and skills you gain through a degree in Race and Culture Studies will open career doors for you in government and state agencies, community social service agencies, educational institutions, community organizing, foreign service departments, labor unions, law firms, hospitals, and research organizations. Possible job titles of Race and Culture Studies graduates are: foreign affairs officer, legislative aide, business manager, community planner, educator/professor, employment counselor, lawyer, human services worker, and human resource specialist.

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