American Ethnic & Gender Studies is an exploratory pathway intended for all students who want to learn more about how identities and communities are formed and transformed. Drawing from the humanities and social sciences, American Ethnic & Gender Studies coursework is designed to give students the skills necessary to analyze the relationships among race, gender, sexuality, ability, land, and other social formations. Students learn to effectively engage with diverse voices, cultures, lives, and visions of the human experience.


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Prospective new students contact the Welcome Center for one-on-one help applying to Olympic College.

Current and returning students contact the Advising Center to connect with a Student Success Coach or your Faculty Advisor.

Academic Program

Consider taking American Ethnic & Gender Studies courses in addition to classes that satisfy the Diversity & Social Justice requirement for your distribution requirements and electives while working to complete your Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA): America Ethnic & Gender Studies. 

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Diversity & Social Justice Graduation Requirement

Olympic College recognizes that in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world, the critical examination of difference, power, and equity is an essential part of any education. All Olympic College students pursuing associate degrees are required to complete at least five credits of Diversity & Social Justice approved course work. These courses prepare students to lead responsibly with critical tools and skills for examining topics such as race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and sustainability.

For more info, visit the Diversity & Social Justice webpage. 

For a complete listing of approved Diversity & Social Justice classes, visit the College Catalog

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Faculty Advisors

Every student is assigned an advising team consisting of your Student Success Coach and Faculty Advisor. Your Faculty Advisor is determined once you decide on your specific academic program. The following professors are Faculty Advisors for American Ethnic & Gender Studies.

A Welcoming Space for All

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A Welcoming Space for All


OC's Multicultural Center is a hive of activity where students of all backgrounds come to hang out, play music, learn, work and more. Spend enough time in the center and you just might run into Professor Estrella during one of his Diversity Discussions. Find out more.


At OC, we are committed to supporting our community through programs and curriculum that leverage diverse perspectives and talents as catalysts for educational excellence. Visit our Equity & Inclusion webpage for more info on our efforts to ensure that all member

Academic Division

American Ethnic & Gender Studies is part of the Social Sciences & Humanities Division (SSH). Visit the SSH Division for more info, including support resources and services, and contact info for division staff and the dean. The Social Sciences & Humanities Division can assist you with: 

  • Advising
  • Connecting with faculty
  • Finding campus resources
  • Support for procedural processes such as a grade appeal or student complaint.