WEST Prospective Students
Women’s and Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary program that brings together faculty from across the campus. The WEST major and minor—as well as our certificate concentrations in Native American and Indigenous Studies, Latino/a Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Global Studies—center 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. Our approach is intersectional in that it explores the connections among race, class, gender, sexuality, disability and other socially constructed categories. WEST emphasizes social justice and human rights, cultural responsiveness, critical and cross-disciplinary thinking, creative and innovative teaching, community engagement, sustainability, and local and global awareness. We aim to create an equitable and sustainable world by analyzing structural inequality from an historical and cultural perspective and exploring strategies for change. WEST offers one-on-one mentoring, small classes, travel courses, and a range of internship opportunities.
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