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American Ethnic Studies

Department Overview

B504 Padelford

American Ethnic Studies exposes students to key content, methodologies, and theories in the comparative and interdisciplinary study of African Americans, Asian/Pacific Americans, and Chicanos in the United States.

Undergraduate Program

B509 Padelford, Box 354380
(206) 221-0664

The Department of American Ethnic Studies offers the following undergraduate programs:

  • The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in American ethnic studies
  • A minor in diversity

Bachelor of Arts

Suggested First- and Second-Year College Courses: United States history, literature, drama, arts, sociology, political science, ethnic studies.

Department Admission Requirements

Students in good academic standing may declare this major at any time.

Major Requirements

60 credits as follows:

  1. Core courses (30 credits):
    1. 15 credits of AES 150, AES 151, AES 212
    2. 15 credits of AFRAM 101, AAS 101, CHSTU 101
  2. Concentration: 30 credits in one of the following: African American Studies, Asian/Pacific American Studies, Chicano Studies, Comparative American Ethnic Studies. See department for list of concentration courses. Some concentration requirements may be met while fulfilling the core courses requirement.
  3. Electives: Sufficient electives to reach 60 credits of approved courses applied to the major.


B505 Padelford, Box 354380
(206) 616-5789

Diversity minor requirements: 25 credits to include the following:

  1. One foundation course (5 credits) chosen from an approved list of courses. A list of courses is available at
  2. Minimum four additional courses, with at least one each from four of the five following categories (20 credits): arts/cultural; historical; global; contemporary/institutional; applications. A list of courses by category is available at
  3. Minimum 15 credits must be completed in residence through the UW.
  4. Maximum 10 credits from one department and maximum 10 credits from the student's major department may be applied toward the minor.
  5. Diversity minor students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship, volunteer project, research project, study abroad program, intergroup dialogue course, or some applied learning opportunity that promotes the goals of the minor.

Student Outcomes and Opportunities

  • Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes: The American Ethnic Studies curriculum prepares undergraduate students to understand the breadth, key content, methodologies, and theories in the field of ethnic studies as well as comparative interdisciplinary knowledge of African American, Asian/Pacific American, and Chicano issues. The major is designed to help students acquire the skills to think and write critically about race, class, and ethnicity in social and historical contexts and multiple categories of social diversity.
  • Instructional and Research Facilities: Writing Center
  • Honors Options Available: With College Honors (Completion of Honors Core Curriculum and Departmental Honors); With Honors (Completion of Departmental Honors requirements in the major). See adviser for requirements.
  • Research, Internships, and Service Learning: Students have the opportunity to become actively engaged in personalized research and discovery through independent study and research courses in each program concentration.
  • Department Scholarships: None
  • Student Organizations/Associations: Ethnic Studies Student Association