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Contacting the Academic Adviser

Office: Padelford (PDL) B-509
Phone: (206) 221-0664

Office Hours:   The AES Undergraduate Advising Office is open daily from 8-12 and 1-5 during regular academic quarters.

If you have questions regarding any aspect of the American Ethnic Studies major, you can drop by the Advising Office (B-509 Padelford Hall), send the adviser an e-mail message, or call her by telephone to set up an appointment.

Registration Policies and Procedures

Welcome to the Undergraduate Program in American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington. Please use the links below to find information about specific aspects of our program and related minors:

Admission to the AES Major

Students in good academic standing may declare this major at any time.  Preferably, however, they should:

●  Be in their junior year; this gives them plenty of time to take care of their general education requirements

●  Have taken at least two of the AES introductory courses (AFRAM 101, ASA 101, CHST 101)

●  Have at least a 2.0 overall grade point average

●  Have at least a 2.7 overall GPA for all AES course work completed, with no single grade below 2.5

●  Havecompleted at least 5 credits of English Composition with a minimum grade of 2.5

AES Honors

AES 496 (Honors Thesis) is a supervised individual and independent/tutorial study for seniors who have been admitted to the honors track. It usually involves research, writing, and completion of a thesis of at least 30 pages. Other projects (such as a video production, dramatic play, or other suitable endeavor) may be approved to fulfill the thesis requirement. The student must identify a faculty person willing to act as sponsor for the course. The AES Honors Program Application is available from the AES Academic Adviser, or it can be downloaded here. For more information, please see the section on the AES Honors Program.

Recommended Courses

After completing the 60 credits required for the AES major and fulfilling the University requirements (English composition, foreign language, quantitative or symbolic reasoning, and areas of knowledge), a student may have to take additional courses to accumulate the 180 credits the University requires for graduation. Thus, AES majors are encouraged to take other AES, AAS, AFRAM, or CHSTU classes beyond the 25 credits required in the concentration area. In addition, they are encouraged to enroll in American Indian Studies courses in order to broaden their ethnic studies knowledge.

Language Courses

Swahili, Tagalog and other language courses do not fulfill AES requirements.

However, these classes can be used to satisfy the University’s foreign language requirement, or may be applied to the electives category.

Transferring Credits

We regularly accept transfer coursework from other universities and community colleges. The UW Office of Admissions has information to help you plan your transfer:

If you are transferring from a local college, you can access the UW Equivalency Guide to view how specific courses from your college will automatically transfer to your AES degree:

If you have coursework that does not automatically transfer, make an appointment to discuss this with the AES academic adviser. Bring copies of relevant transcripts (official or unofficial) and course syllabi.

Assistance and Important Deadlines

In order to receive a degree, you must complete a graduation application and file it with the adviser.  To ensure that you graduate on time, you should apply for graduation 2-3 quarters before you plan to graduate.  Submitting your application early will give you Senior Priority Status (GSP), which allows you to register first (before other students) for two quarters during your senior year.  Please schedule an appointment with the adviser and fill out an application for graduation after the first week of the quarter.

The AES Graduation Checklist

When You are Close to Completing Your Coursework

  1. Fill out a graduation application and file it with the adviser in Padelford  B-509; you should do this 2-3 quarters before your projected graduation in order to obtain Graduating Senior Priority (GSP) registration status.
  2. Check your DARS for AES through MyUW to keep track of requirements en route to graduation.  Make sure you earn a 2.0+ grade in all required courses.

May of Your Graduation Year

  1. We will send you an e-mail message about the AES Graduation Ceremony asking you to RSVP indicating the number of guests that will attend with you.
  2. Don’t forget that you must register separately for the AES Graduation Ceremony and UW Commencement.
  3. Order you cap and gown through the UW Commencement website if you plan to attend the UW ceremony,
  4. Update your permanent address through MyUW. Your diploma will be sent to the permanent address you have listed there.
  5. You may forward your UW e-mail to a personal, non-university account through MyUW.

After Graduation, Verify Your Degree

  1. Verify your degree by checking your unofficial transcript.
  2. Once your degree is posted on your unofficial transcript, you can order an official transcript through MyUW for your records.
  3. If you authorize the release of directory information through MyUW, prospective employers can verify your degree here,
  4. Your diploma will be mailed to your permanent address 3-4 months after you graduate.

Campus Writing Resources

The UW Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment (CLUE) CLUE offers drop-in tutoring, discussions sessions led by graduate and senior undergraduate students, and a writing center. For more information, visit their website:

Other UW and on-line resources are available:

Other UW Resources

UW Libraries Ethnic Studies Area Specialists

Area specialist are available in the UW Odegaard and Suzzallo libraries to assist students interested in AES topics. Mr. Harry Murphy is the Coordinating Selector for the American Ethnic Studies area. He can be reached at 543-2060 or

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