Students working within the American Cultural Studies program have multiple options available to them, including ACS majors and minors as well as the TESOL Certification. Students do not have to be admitted to Fairhaven College to major in ACS, and likewise admitted Fairhaven students may choose to complete a traditional WWU Major or Minor, including ACS.
Select the degree options below to view each Program of Study, linked to the current WWU Catalog listings. WWU Catalog >
Initially, the student designs a formal program of study in consultation with a member of the American Cultural Studies faculty. The program is then approved by the Director of American Cultural Studies.
No program of study may substantially duplicate an existing departmental or college program. Ordinarily, final approval of the course of study must be granted before senior status is reached.
The student may propose a broad, general program in American Cultural Studies, social science or education concentrations, or focus on one major aspect, for example: ethnic studies, sexuality, myth and folklore or Pacific Northwest Studies. However, a student-designed program of study does not duplicate an existing departmental or college program, and must include substantial upper-division work in at least two curricular units of the University. These may include Fairhaven or Huxley colleges.
The faculty recommends that students use a minor to develop special career interests of foci (see, for example, the Native American studies minor), or to develop additional depth in one of the traditional academic disciplines or programs of the University.
The minor in American Indian Studies is designed to provide students with an in-depth study of the cultures and traditions, histories and arts of indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere. The minor is recommended for students who plan to collaborate with American Indians in research, educational, environmental, creative and political projects. The concentration is interdisciplinary and allows students to combine it with many major designations.
For ISP guidelines, contact Dr. Tanis S’eiltin.
The program in Asian American Studies provides for a coherent, integrated and concentrated investigation of peoples of Asian American heritage in North America. It also examines separate experiences of Asian Americans and their positions as ethnic minorities in American society and politics. This is accomplished through concentration on Asian American history and its place in North America, situating the literatures and other cultural publications of Asian Americans in a broad context, and engaging contemporary issues with appropriate analytical tools.
For ISP and internship guidelines, contact Dr. Midori Takagi. For more information contact Dr. Midori Takagi, coordinator of the Asian American Studies minor concentration, or Dr. Lawrence J. Estrada, director of the American Cultural Studies program.
The program in African American Studies provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to the history, culture and politics of peoples of African descent. In addition, this program offers a closer examination of Black leaders, activists, feminists, writers, artists and scholars and their contributions to the development of the United States. Courses range from in-depth studies of specific African American topics to classes on comparative political and cultural issues that give context to the Black experience in America. This minor program can be combined with many major designations.
For more information, contact Dr. Bill Lyne, Coordinator of the African American studies minor concentration, at William.Lyne@wwu.edu or
Dr. Lawrence J. Estrada, Director of the American Cultural Studies program.
The minor program for Raza Latina Studies is designed to educate students about Chicano/Latino cultures and communities. It will provide in-depth study of the history, culture, traditions, politics and experiences of these peoples. This program is recommended for students interested in working with/learning about Chicano/Latino communities. This minor requires 23-27 credits, of which 16 will be required and the remainder, elective. It is recommended that the electives come from the social science, history, literature and language offerings listed below, though other courses may be chosen under advisement of the minor coordinator.
Students also have the option of framing an Independent Study Project with the approval of the minor coordinator. For ISP guidelines, contact Dr. Lysa Rivera. For more information contact coordinator of the Raza Latina Studies Minor concentration, Dr. Lysa Rivera, or American Cultural Studies Program Director, Dr. Lawrence J. Estrada.
The program in Queer Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to educate students about the diversity within the GLBT community in the United States, as well as to explore the GLBT contributions to shaping U.S History, culture, literature, and politics.
This interdisciplinary minor will develop multicultural knowledge and competencies that contribute to the development of culturally effective administrators/practitioners who are open to self-examination, are flexible and knowledgeable about diversity, and are constantly seeking to promote cross-cultural and global understanding. The minor offers an undergraduate background for advanced study in higher education, student affairs administration, as well as graduate studies in public service/public sector areas.
Students who major in American Cultural Studies (ACS) have the option of combining their ACS major core requirements with the WWU TESOL Program course requirements to achieve both a B.A. in American Cultural Studies in addition to receiving TESOL certification.
Students who choose this option should first consult with the Director of the American Cultural Studies Program, as well as the Coordinator of the TESOL Program, prior to commencing their program of study.
For more information contact Dr. Lawrence J. Estrada, Director of American Cultural Studies, and Ms. Trish Skillman, Coordinator of the WWU TESOL Program, (360) 650-4949 or email: Trish.Skillman@wwu.edu