The American Ethnic Studies (AES) department at the University of Washington celebrated its 30th anniversary Oct. 12 with an open house. AES houses African American Studies, Asian American Studies and Chicano Studies.
Students can major in the three specific areas or be a generalist (comparative American Ethnic Studies). The department was created by the communities of color in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles during the 1960s Third World Strike. The programs were generally created in 1970. The consolidation of the programs was in 1985. (end)