Cultural & Ethnic Studies

Expand your understanding of the contemporary world with increased awareness of social justice and inequity. Interpret cultural practices, examine biases, and discover the vision of a multiculturally intelligent society. Learn how our differences make a difference with classes that focus on cultural identity and the empowerment of marginalized groups. Cultural and Ethnic Studies offers a course map to get you major ready to transfer.

Course Maps

A course map is a quick guide to help students figure out which courses to take each quarter. Course maps were written by BC faculty, who have used their expertise to recommend specific courses students can take to achieve their academic or career goals. Students should meet with an advisor to learn more.

Sample Courses

  • Race in the United States
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace
  • Muslims in America
  • Queer Studies
  • Popular Culture, Identity, and Social Change

Points of Pride

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Increased Cultural Competency

Boost your ability to interact, work, and develop meaningful relationships with people of different backgrounds.

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Support Social Justice and Drive Change

Commitment to social change is a pillar of Cultural and Ethnic Studies, which includes examination of the Civil Rights, feminism, and Black Lives Matter movements.

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Sharpen Your Critical Thinking

Enhanced qualitative and quantitative analysis skills help in the pursuit of academic and career goals, as well as preparing you to directly improve your community.

  • Portrait of Dellyssa Edinboro.

    Dellyssa Edinboro

    • Program Chair

    Dellyssa Edinboro received her BA in Humanities and Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice . She earned her MA and Ph.D. in Education Policy and Leadership Studies (Schools, Culture & Society) from the University of Iowa. She is a recent recipient of the Eastside Civic Leadership Award.

  • Portrait of Nicholas Russ.

    Nicholas Russ

    • Faculty

    Nicholas Russ has been a part of Bellevue College's Social Science division for the past 10 years, where he has taught both Sociology and Cultural and Ethnic Studies. He is now on the tenure-track in the Cultural and Ethnic Studies department. Among other courses, he has also taught Blacks in America, and Activism and Social Change.

  • Portrait of Kim Pollock.

    Kim Pollock

    • Faculty

    Kim Pollock received her B.A. at Shimer College and her M.A. from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She believes through our studies we are creating new community in our own classroom, and that we are each responsible to the other members of that community. The key is mutual respect.