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Race & Culture Studies Major

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:

  1. Africana Studies
  2. American Indian Studies
  3. 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, 509.359.6242

Dr. Scott Finnie, Director of Africana Studies and current Executive Director of RCST, 509.359.2205

Dr. Norma Cardenas, Director of Chicano/a Studies, 509.359.4869

What will I study?

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


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)

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