Women's & Ethnic Studies, BA

Women's & Ethnic Studies

Bachelor of Arts

Course Delivery

On Campus, Online, Hybrid

Total Credits

120 Credits

About the Program

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WEST emphasizes cultural responsiveness, critical and cross-disciplinary thinking, creative and innovative teaching, community engagement, and local and global awareness. We aim to create an equitable and sustainable world by analyzing structural inequality from historical and cultural perspectives and exploring practical strategies for change. WEST offers one-on-one mentoring, small classes, travel courses, and a range of scholarship and internship opportunities.


Program Focus of Study

The BA in WEST centers on the histories, experiences, and cultural expressions of women and racial or ethnic groups not only in the United States but also across the world. The curriculum takes an intersectional approach, exploring the connections among race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and other hierarchies.

Program Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of WEST coursework, including at least 21 credit hours of upper-division WEST courses, with a grade of C or better in each course. These courses must include the following 12 credit hours of core requirements:

  • WEST 1010 Introduction to Social Justice Studies
  • WEST 3300 Methodologies in Women's & Ethnic Studies (Spring only)
  • WEST 3400 Contemporary Theory in WEST
  • WEST 4950 Capstone Senior Seminar (Spring only)

Of the remaining 18 credit hours of electives, students must successfully complete one course each from the following three substantive areas: Transnational/Global Studies; Creative and Artistic Expression; Social Movements, Communities, and History, plus at least nine credit hours of upper-division WEST courses.

Program Coursework

For more information on program coursework, please visit the Academic Catalog.