Study the critical intersections of race, ethnicity and power in American society.
Our alumni thrive in roles that require the ability to connect with diverse groups of people — a skill increasingly in demand in our growing multicultural society. The cultural competency and hands-on experience our students gain enable them to create respectful, productive and effective working relationships in a variety of organizations. Alumni are employed at some of the nation’s most well-known and competitive companies and organizations, including Amazon, Boeing, Nike, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
A degree in American Ethnic Studies can lead to a career as a(n):
- Community affairs specialist
- Director of equity, diversity and inclusion
- Human resources professional
- Marketing director
- Youth counselor
- Civil rights director
- Elected official
- Public administrator
- Policy analyst
A community of communities
Our department is distinguished by the engagement that our faculty and students maintain with multiple communities — civic, cultural, artistic, social justice, and academic. Faculty hold leadership positions in national organizations and are active board members of local nonprofits and community organizations. Through the department’s strong regional connections, students have access to internships and practicums that expand awareness, build experience, and develop professional networks.
Find Yourself and Your Communities in American Ethnic Studies
Gain the knowledge and skills to promote social justice and eradicate systems of racism and other inequalities.
Department of American Ethnic Studies Stories
In his academic work and community involvement, Dustin Abrahamson is committed to addressing racism.
Anthropology major Alina Aleaga developed curricula that encourage Pacific Islander students to explore their heritage—and the Burke Museum.
Black Cultural Studies students combined traditional coursework with community projects through a winter quarter collaboration with the Northwest African American Museum.