Ethnic Studies Institute

West Chester University

Dr. Bonita Freeman-Witthoft, Director
Ethnic Studies Institute
Department of Anthropology & Sociology
101-C Old Library
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: (610) 436-2725

Ethnic Studies Institute Seminar (click here)
12:00 pm, Wednesday, November 18

"Desert, Dirt and Death: Politics of Matter at the U.S-Mexico Border"

Dr. Daniela Johannes, WCU Assistant Professor of Languages

Ethnic Studies

The Ethnic Studies Institute oversees the minor in Ethnic Studies.  The Ethnic Studies Institute organizes cultural programming on diversity that includes seminars, speakers, and grant applications.

The Ethnic Studies minor at West Chester University is interdisciplinary in nature, including six areas of concentration.  Students select one of these (see below) and take courses in such disciplines as anthropology, education, English, history, philosophy, political science, public administration, religious studies, social work, and sociology.

The goals are to enhance students' appreciation and understanding of ethnic diversity through ethnic studies courses, seminars, research, scholarly conferences, and cultural programs.

The minor requires 18 credit hours of ethnic studies courses:  a core course from among ANT 120, ANT 220, SOC 335, SWO 335, and five additional ethnic studies courses. Relevant cognate courses are to be chosen in consultation with the student's advisor. The multi-cultural studies courses are to be selected from the five other concentrations with no more than two courses in any given area.

The areas of concentration are:

  • African American studies
  • Asian American studies
  • Latino studies
  • Jewish American studies
  • Native American studies
  • Multi-cultural studies

There are also special interdisciplinary study opportunities which allow ethnic studies minors to: work on oral histories, participate in planning scholarly conferences and special programs, work on archaeological excavations, participate in internships, and study abroad.

How to apply for the minor:

Students apply for the minor by submitting an “Undergraduate Studies Application for Minor” form. This can be obtained at the Registrar’s office, or from Dr. Bonita Freeman-Whitthoft, Director of Ethnic Studies
(101-C Old Library Building) or Dr. Miguel Ceballos, Assistant Director of Ethnic Studies (201 Old Library Building). The form must be signed by the chair person of the student's major, by the student’s advisor, and by the Director of Ethnic Studies. The student should make a copy of the signed form for his or her own records before submitting the original to the Registrar’s office.


Classes are listed by focus. Please contact the Ethnic Studies Institute to inquire about classes not included on this list.


Downloadable Course Guide Sheet