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Department of Critical Culture, Gender, & Race Studies
A strategic academic realignment within the College of Arts and Sciences is creating new opportunities in education, research, and outreach for students and faculty university-wide.


Current students in existing programs can continue, without interruption, to progress toward timely completion of their degrees while they experience a range of additional benefits.

For more information, please visit the websites of the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race and/or the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

The realignment plan was approved by the WSU Board of Regents on May 4 and effective July 1, 2018.

School of Languages, Cultures, and Race

Our dynamic new School of Languages, Cultures, and Race unites students and faculty in the areas of Comparative Ethnic Studies, Foreign Languages and Cultures, and General Studies.

The school combines personnel and resources from the previously separate units to provide a wide array of study programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including majors in Comparative Ethnic Studies, Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish, and more. Minors also will be offered in Comparative Ethnic Studies, Film Studies, French, German, Global Studies, Latin American Studies, Popular Culture, Russian, Spanish, and more. Additional degree options will include a master of arts in American Studies and in Hispanic Studies; and a Ph.D. in American Studies.

Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Faculty from CCGRS with expertise in the field of gender studies are now part of an interdisciplinary Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, housed in the Department of English.

As an interdisciplinary degree and certificate program, WGSS will build on a vibrant array of cross-listed courses and an expanded structure of affiliate faculty located in various home units from across WSU campuses. The program will continue to offer a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and minors in women’s studies and queer studies in Pullman, as well as a minor in women’s studies on the Vancouver campus, and will develop Global Campus offerings and undergraduate and graduate certificates.