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American Ethnic Studies


Explore how social structures and ideological discourses shape human endeavors.

Power. Inequality. Identity. Social change. Those are just some of the issues you’ll explore in our American Ethnic Studies program, which covers a broad range of historical and contemporary topics in the humanities and social sciences.

You’ll examine how racism and settler colonialism — in conjunction with other social systems and structures — can give rise to unjust social outcomes, limit human endeavor, and normalize privilege and oppression. The primary focus of our program is on the experiences and expressions of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American and other communities of color in the United States.

Your courses will span an array of disciplines, including history, anthropology, media studies, sociology and literature. Along the way, you’ll have opportunities to collaborate with professors on funded research, as well as to participate in and engage with community organizations working for a more just society.

You’ll also have access to professional internships with numerous community and civic organizations. By the time you graduate, you’ll be ready to apply your education in a wide range of fields, including teaching, politics, social services, social policy, community advocacy, racial justice work, business and law.

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Willamette University

American Ethnic Studies


Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.