The Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies (CCGRS) is committed to interdisciplinary, collaborative, creative, and critical inquiry. CCGRS emerges out of social movements and intellectual currents that interrogate political and ideological models. It also brings marginalized perspectives and experiences into dialogue with dominant narratives.
With an emphasis on student-centered, active learning, the curriculum nurtures rounded understandings of power structures, historical conditions, and social locations, underscoring the interconnections of race, class, gender, sexuality, and cultural practices. CCGRS courses provide students with valuable skills in writing, critical thinking, research, public presentation, and leadership.
The program can complement many majors, and may be used as a secondary concentration for either the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities or the Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences. For students pursuing a degree in Humanities, the program allows for the development of an interdisciplinary framework for future study or teaching. For students in the Social Sciences, it offers similar grounding, but may also be used as part of preparation for a career providing counseling, consulting or health services to women and families. In addition, employers are increasingly aware of the need to deal with gender and diversity issues in the workplace, and value applicants with such training.
At WSU Vancouver, the department offers a minor in Women's Studies.