Ethnic and Gender Studies Degree (B.A.)

Why Major in Ethnic and Gender Studies?

The program allows you to explore any number of areas such as African/American/ Africana Studies, Latino/a Studies, LGBT/Queer Studies, Transnational Feminist Studies with an emphasis on the intersection of these areas.

Requirements for the Ethnic and Gender Studies Degree

Requirements for the Ethnic and Gender Studies Major - 42 Credits

  • Each student must take ten EGST courses (30 credits): 18 credits in the core and 12 credits in the thematic areas- one EGST class in each thematic area.
  • At least 9 credits in the thematic areas must be at the 300 level.
  • EGST 0230 and EGST 0390: Special Topics in Ethnic and Gender Studies will fulfill an elective requirement in one thematic area dependent on the focus of the course in a given semester.
  • Students are encouraged to take EGST 0398: Ethnic and Gender Studies Internship (3-6 credits).
  • Students will also be required to complete at least one college semester of language study (including AP credit), or the equivalent. A student may also satisfy the language study requirement by passing a proficiency examination designed and administered by the Department of World Language Studies.

    Required Major Core - 18 Credits

     

    • EGST 0101 - Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies
    • EGST 0102 - Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
    • EGST 0201 - Critical Theories in Ethnic and Gender Studies
    • EGST 0202 - Research Methods: Exploration, Evidence and Engagement
    • EGST 0396 - Capstone Seminar in Ethnic and Gender Studies
    • EGST 0397 - Social Justice and Community Activism

    Thematic Areas - 24 Credits

    Two courses from each category, one must have an EGST prefix.

      Identities – 6 Credits

       

      • EGST 0203 - Introduction to African American Studies
      • EGST 0204 - Introduction to Latino/a Studies
      • EGST 0205 - Introduction to Gay And Lesbian Studies
      • EGST 0206 - Introduction to Islamic Studies
      • EGST 0207 - Introduction to Native American Studies
      • EGST 0210 - U.S. Latino/a Literatures
      • EGST 0212 - Introduction to Asian American Studies
      • EGST 0220 - Religion. Gender and Society
      • EGST 0230 - Special Topics in Ethnic and Gender Studies

      Approved elective courses (no more than one)

      *see note below

      • HIST 0264 - African American History
      • HIST 0275 - African-American History and Civil Rights Since 1865
      • PSYC 0210 - Psychology of Women

      Cross-Cultural Literacies – 6 Credits

       

      • EGST 0208 - Hip Hop Cultures
      • EGST 0209 - Images in Black and Brown
      • EGST 0210 - U.S. Latino/a Literatures
      • EGST 0211 - Indian Cinema: Gender and Identity
      • EGST 0216 - Deviance and Culture
      • EGST 0230 - Special Topics in Ethnic and Gender Studies
      • EGST 0232 - Puerto Rican Literatures
      • EGST 0304 - Representations of Gender, Race and Ethnicity
      • EGST 0356 - Activism in Asian American Communities
      • EGST 0312 - Queer Literature and Theory or
      • ENGL 0312 - Queer Literatures and Theory
      • EGST 0317 - Latino/a U.S.A.
      • EGST 0390 - Special Topics in Ethnic and Gender Studies

      Approved elective courses (no more than one)

      *see note below

      • ART 0358 - African American Art
      • COMM 0212 - Film and Gender
      • COMM 0222 - Intercultural Communication
      • ENGL 0324 - Advanced Studies in Black American Literature
      • ENGL 0327 - Contemporary Cross-Cultural Literature
      • LLIT 0201 - Women Writers of the Americas: Global
      • LLIT 0202 - Women Writers of the Americas: US
      • LLIT 0210 - Studies in the Literature of Africa and the African Diaspora: (Varying Topics):

      Social Policy and Social Justice – 6 Credits

       

      • EGST 0221 - Women in Modern Organizations
      • EGST 0225 - Institutional Racism in the U.S.
      • EGST 0230 - Special Topics in Ethnic and Gender Studies
      • EGST 0303 - Seminar in Women’s Studies
      • EGST 0304 - Representations of Gender, Race and Ethnicity
      • EGST 0305 - Critical Race Studies
      • EGST 0353 - Unmasking the School to Prison Pipeline
      • EGST 0390 - Special Topics in Ethnic and Gender Studies

      Approved elective courses (no more than one)

      *see note below

      • CRJU 0324 - Restorative Community Justice
      • CRJU 0341 - Crime and Culture Credits: 3
      • ECON 0307 - Economics, Gender, Race & Ethnicity
      • EDUC 0380 - Critical Multicultural Education
      • GARP 0216 - The (Un)Just City
      • GARP 0252 - Cities of the Global South
      • GARP 0352 - Planning Green Sustainable Cities
      • LANG 0210 - Language Culture and Society
      • POLS 0211 - Comparative Foreign Policy
      • POLS 0340 - Politics and “The Family”
      • POLS 0335 - Feminist Political Thought
      • PSYC 0352 - Women and Mental Health
      • SOCI 0202 - Race and Ethnic Relations
      • SOCI 0304 - Social Change
      • SOCI 0305 - Urban Sociology
      • SOCI 0315 - Sociology of Gender

      Transnational – 6 Credits

       

      • EGST 0213 - Contemporary Issues in Islamic Studies
      • EGST 0217 - Culture and Personality
      • EGST 0230 - Special Topics in Ethnic and Gender Studies
      • EGST 0235 - Queer Studies and Popular Cultures
      • EGST 0237 - U.S. Latino/a Diasporic Communities
      • EGST 0301 - Seminar in Postcolonial Studies
      • EGST 0302 - Seminar in Comparative Indigenous Studies
      • EGST 0315 - Masculinities
      • EGST 0355 - International Women’s Grassroots Movements
      • EGST 0390 - Special Topics in Ethnic and Gender Studies

      Approved elective courses (no more than one)

      *see note below

      • ART 0357 - Islamic Art
      • COMM 0213 - Global Film Studies
      • COMM 0306 - International Communication
      • CRJU 0333 - Terrorism
      • CRJU 0335 - Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
      • GARP 0210 - Cultural Geography
      • GARP 0217 - Global Issues of the Future
      • HIST 0215 - Introduction to the Middle East, Africa and Asia
      • HIST 0325 - Women and Revolution: Regional Case Studies
      • HIST 0371 - Problems in Middle East History
      • HIST 0373 - Modern Latin America
      • HIST 0375 - U.S. - Latin America Relations Since 1898
      • LCUL 0201 - Women in the Hispanic World
      • LCUL 0220 - Envisioning the Americas
      • LLIT 0310 - Seminar in Hispanic Studies
      • MGMT 0338 - International Business
      • POLS 0209 - International Relations
      • POLS 0211 - Comparative Foreign Policy
      • POLS 0224 - Politics of Developing Countries

      Note:

      *Some of the approved elective courses may have pre-requisites

        Additional Graduation Requirements

        All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core .

          Clubs & Organizations

          Latino Association for Empowerment (LAFE)

          LAFE is an educational, political and social organization of students at Westfield State that supports awareness of multicultural issues.

          LAFE Constitution

          Multicultural Student Association (MSA)

          The purpose of the Multicultural Student Association is to promote diversity and cultural awareness throughout our campus and community.