Academic Programs

Puget Sound offers a variety of courses of study with content that may be of particular interest to students who want to pursue scholarly inquiry that is mindful of and examines such ideals as culture, identity, diversity, inclusion and power.

 

African

American

Studies

 

 

Students in the African American Studies Program acquire a basic knowledge of African American and other African diasporic experiences; develop an understanding of the role of race in African American life and also in the broader social and institutional relations of the United States and other parts of the Americas; become familiar with local, regional, national, and international issues of race, power, and multiculturalism and the implications these have for students' daily lives; and formulate personal critical perspectives that can guide ethical and political actions.

 

 

Asian

Studies

The underlying assumption of all aspects of the Asian Studies Program is that the vast region labeled 'Asia' is complex and diverse and that varied Asian peoples and institutions have greatly influenced, and continue to influence, human experience throughout the world. Courses in the program allow students to develop the ability to read difficult texts, to understand and to formulate abstract ideas, and to make informed judgments about a world of many cultures and about their own society as viewed by others.

 

Gender

Studies

As the home to one of the nation's first Women's Studies programs, the University of Puget Sound has a long tradition of exploring issues pertaining to gender and sexuality. The current Gender Studies program enriches and expands the college's curriculum by illuminating the ways in which gender and multiple other converging axes of identity frame every aspect of life.

 

International

Political

Economy

The International Political Economy (IPE) Program offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of international and global problems. International Political Economy encourages the integrated analysis of these problems and issues using tools and methods of political science, economics, and sociology as informed by an understanding of history and tempered by appreciation of culture and cultural differences.

 

 

 

Latin

American

Studies

As an interdisciplinary program with a transnational focus, Latin American Studies offers students a critical, multifaceted understanding of the region and its relations with the United States and other global actors.  The program questions how the diverse histories, communities, and dynamics of the region have come to be understood as constituting a singular cultural, political, and economic space and how that designation has shaped residents own lives and politics.  Using the tools of history, political science, economics, anthropology, art, and literary studies, the courses pay particular attention to how differences in national identity, citizenship status, class, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality both reflect and reproduce long-standing relations of inequality as well as resilience and agency among diverse constituencies across the region.  

 

 

 

Latino/a

Studies

The student of Latina/o Studies explores the historical, cultural, political, and socioeconomic experiences of the largest ethnic-minority in the United States, Latinos.  The aim of Latina/Latino Studies is to produce knowledge about communities and populations of Latin American descent living in the United States. Taking an interdisciplinary methodology, the minor provides a comprehensive and in-depth approach to key issues, research, and cultural facets of the Latina/o experience.  Students minoring in Latina/o Studies prepare themselves for graduate studies and careers in social and welfare policy, law, counseling, public policy, health care, education, advertising, journalism, and among other fields, education.