Mar 20, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Interdisciplinary Gender and Ethnic Studies

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Purpose and Focus

The College of Liberal Arts offers a number of interdisciplinary programs that enable students to take courses in several departments and colleges on campus. Students combine their course work in exciting and innovative ways beyond the existing Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in order to meet their career goals and to reflect their personal interests. There are Interdisciplinary B.A. degree programs in the following fields: African American Studies, Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies, Social Science Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Degree Objectives/Learning Outcomes

African American and African Diaspora Studies:

The African American and African Diaspora Studies program is offered under the auspices of the Interdisciplinary Studies unit of the College of Liberal Arts. Students may major or minor in African American and African Diaspora Studies. The program is designed to provide students with the critical tools required, and to expose them to the historical knowledge and current research necessary, for an informed understanding of the African American experience today. The program is built around a core of courses that systematically document critical aspects of the African American experience from its antecedents in antiquity to the prominent issues of the present day. Engaging both past and contemporary aspects of this experience provides students access to materials and events that have historically not been given adequate treatment, and allows students to contextualize current issues relating to African Americans in an academically critical way. The program is also designed to effectively prepare students who desire to continue on to graduate work in African American Studies.

Asian and Asian American Studies:

The Asian and Asian American Studies program focuses on the distinctive cultural, political, linguistic, literary, artistic, and historical aspects of Asian and Asian-American life. Students are trained in diverse areas of Asian civilization, especially the traditions and contemporary societies of China, India, Japan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, the Philippines, and other Asian countries. The degree prepares students for careers in government and teaching, as well as in areas of international business, consulting, and media.

Latinx and Latin American Studies:

Latinx and Latin American Studies is a multidisciplinary major that covers the important region of Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Participating faculty specialize in political economy, border studies, anthropological approaches, and exile studies as well as Latin American history, literature, and film. Course work in the program offers students an opportunity to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of the history, politics, economics, culture, and literature of Latin American and the Caribbean. Graduates from the program receive theoretical and practical training to pursue careers in multinational companies that operate in Latin America. Latin American Studies majors are also well suited to work in the federal government, in various international organizations (such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and other organizations), or to teach in primary and secondary schools.

Multidisciplinary Studies:

The degree program in Multidisciplinary Studies is designed for the student who has clear interests and objectives that overlap colleges and/or departments, and whose objectives cannot reasonably be met through existing majors and minors. The program offers students the opportunity to focus and harness their energies by providing plans of study tailored to their individual interests through the incorporation of courses or sets of courses offered in departments and colleges across campus. As such, the program emphasizes flexibility and combines specialized knowledge from individual disciplines as a means of approaching and analyzing problems from divergent and multidisciplinary perspectives. Students participate in a capstone during their final semester, demonstrating the incorporation of their areas of study into a project, presentation, and paper.

Social Science Studies:

Students who major in Social Science Studies will understand how various social science disciplines structure and advance knowledge, raise and answer analytical questions, and deal with competing theories within specific fields. Emphasis is placed on developing critical awareness of the different methodologies applied to questions about society, social interaction, and human subjectivity. Students work closely with their advisers to plan a program that satisfies the required competencies in a chosen area of focus and in the social science disciplines. Students participate in a capstone during their final semester, demonstrating the incorporation of their chosen disciplines into a project, presentation, and paper.

Gender and Sexuality Studies:

Gender and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary program that explores how gender intersects with race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and nationality to shape both social institutions and everyday lived experiences. Our curriculum consists of a core set of courses and a variety of elective courses that can be selected from across the humanities and social sciences. The Program offers a major and a minor, and equips students to enter a range of careers in today’s diverse and multicultural workplace. Recent course offerings include Gender and Popular Culture, Chicana Feminism, and Women, Science and Technology, among other up-to-date and critical approaches to understanding gender.

For degrees in Classical Studies, see Department of World Languages and Cultures.


Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Undergraduate Majors

African American and African Diaspora Studies — Bachelor of Arts
Asian and Asian American Studies  — Bachelor of Arts
Gender and Sexuality Studies - Bachelor of Arts
Latinx and Latin American Studies — Bachelor of Arts
Multidisciplinary Studies — Bachelor of Arts
Social Science Studies — Bachelor of Arts



Advising is provided by the Wilson Advising Center and by each Program Director of the Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies (African American and African Diaspora Studies, Asian and Asian American Studies, Latinx and Latin American Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies, Social Science Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies). Visit for more information or phone 702-895-1997.

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