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School of Languages, Cultures, and Race College of Arts and Sciences

Comparative Ethnic Studies Minor

Comparative ethnic studies (CES) provides students the opportunity to study the stories and experiences of communities of color, particularly in the United States. It offers understanding of the historical forces and social dynamics of racism and racial inequality worldwide. CES provides students with the knowledge, tools, and motivation to become agents of change.

A minor in comparative ethnic studies requires a minimum of 18 hours of course work in CES, including CES 101 or 201 and 15 additional credits, 9 of which must be 300- or 400-level courses taken in residence at WSU or through WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses.

Strengths of the program
  • Central to our consideration of race are the ways class, gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, age, and ability shape the human experience.
  • CES courses have an interdisciplinary focus on popular culture, sports, media, and social issues and how they relate to race, class, and gender.
  • CES faculty scholars facilitate understanding of how the social constructions of race impact the social fabric of our historical and contemporary world, and prepare community members to actively and critically engage in their civic responsibilities, especially with respect to social justice.