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Date of Award

Winter 1993

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Secondary Education

First Advisor

Utendale, John

Second Advisor

Estrada, Lawrence J.

Third Advisor

Smith, Jack (Director, Viking Union)


This case study is a brief history of the College of Ethnic Studies (CES or Ethnic Studies) at Western Washington University. Established in the fall of 1969 as the third of three cluster colleges, after Fairhaven and Huxley, it lasted until the fall of 1978 when it was disbanded and dispersed throughout the university. This study examines factors that led to the rise and fall of the College of Ethnic Studies.

Investigation showed that while budget and bigotry played a major role in the demise of CES, as assumed, other factors such as turnover in faculty and administrative leadership, and organizational structural barriers were involved and had a significant impact. Research centered around primary sources, minutes, memoranda, and interviews with selected individuals who were connected with the College of Ethnic Studies. The study ends with recommendations for approaching Ethnic Studies programs in the future.




Ethnic Studies


Western Washington University

OCLC Number


Subjects – Names (LCNAF)

Western Washington University. College of Ethnic Studies--History

Subject – LCSH

Minorities--Study and teaching (Higher)--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Case studies

Geographic Coverage

Bellingham (Wash.)




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