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The Department of American Ethnic Studies  at the University of Washington is a multicultural and multiracial research and teaching unit dedicated to the production and transmission of knowledge on key issues and aspects of race and ethnicity. Through the department's four areas of concentration—African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicano/a Studies, and Comparative AES—students have the opportunity to learn interdisciplinary, ethnic-specific, and comparative concepts, theories, and methods of inquiry as applied to the study of selected U. S. ethnic groups. Central features are the diasporic and transnational connections of these communities, as well as their participation in the shaping of the cultural, literary, social, historical, economic, and political character of this country.

Our aim is to develop well-informed and compassionate citizens, to advance their capacity for critical thinking, their understanding of and respect for cultural diversity, and their self-perception as responsible members of an increasingly global society.

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