Academics and Research

We create knowledge and develop global leaders through our mission of teaching, research, patient care and service.

We foster excellence and provide opportunities for students and faculty to pursue research and scholarship that will discover solutions to the world’s most complex challenges, including increased understanding of diversity and inclusion.

Academic Programs and Centers

American Culture Studies

Supports the cross-disciplinary study of American culture, emphasizing the enormous diversity within our society, and focusing on pressing social, political and economic issues past and present––particularly those related to race, gender, sexuality and class identity

Department of African and African-American Studies

Explores the experiences and cultural traditions of people of African descent

American Indian and Alaska Native Concentration

Prepares students for advanced social work and public health practice with American Indian and Alaska Native populations

Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies

One of the most respected centers in the nation for academic advancement and study of American Indian issues related to social work

Asian-American Studies Minor

Enriches critical understanding about both individual experiences and collective histories of Asian Americans in regional, national and transnational contexts

Center for the Humanities

The Divided City Initiative at the Center for the Humanities bring humanities scholars into productive interdisciplinary dialogue around one of the most persistent and vexing issues in urban studies: segregation

East Asian Studies Program

Studies East Asian languages, cultures, histories and societies, and the Chinese, Korean, and Japanese languages in their modern and classical forms

International and Area Studies

Encourages research and teaching on societies and cultures around the world, making students conscious participants of intercultural encounters and aware of historical and cultural linkages across political and geographical boundaries

Department of Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Devoted to the study of Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern languages and literatures, the history and cultures of the Near East, and the Jewish and Islamic civilizations

Educational Programs at the School of Medicine

Creating a diverse academic medical community

John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics

Serves as an open venue for fostering rigorous scholarship and informing broad academic and public communities about the intersections of religion and U.S. politics

The Program in Religious Studies

Gives students the opportunity to learn about diverse religious beliefs and practices around the globe; to explore the interactions among religion, politics, and society in various cultures; and to study past and current events with a critical but open mind.

Latin American Studies Program

A gateway to the Latin American region and its cultures, politics and history

Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity

CRE2 brings the research force of Washington University to study how race and ethnicity are integral to the most complex and challenging issues of our time.

Center on Urban Research and Public Policy and Interdisciplinary Program in Urban Studies

Advances research and contributes to the academic and public dialogue on pressing urban issues, regionally, nationally and internationally; offers students an interdisciplinary graduate certificate and undergraduate major or minor

Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Examines how ideas about gender and sexuality affect many aspects of our world, focusing on the specificity of gendered experiences, concerns and perspectives to understand critically how these vary through time and are shaped


Across a wide range of fields, we are exploring fundamental questions aimed at encouraging diversity, understanding identity and advancing equity in our community and around the globe. Many of our scholars' projects are supported by our signature initiatives and funding resources.

Vanessa Fabbre

Studying the intersection of aging and gender transitions, Fabbre found that little academic literature had previously addressed these issues and how they come together in real people’s lives. “Here are many people, often unnoticed by the rest of society, going through challenging and incredibly meaningful experiences in later life.”

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