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The Western American Studies minor is intended to provide the student with a basic understanding of the history and institutional development of the Western United States — the Great Plains, the Southwest, and California — including the geographical and cultural factors that have shaped their history.

University Honors Program 

The University Honors Program offers lower-division courses taught by distinguished faculty and introduces undergraduates to the challenges and rewards of scholarship and research from the beginning of their undergraduate careers. In the upper division, the program invites outstanding students to design and produce honors theses and projects under individual faculty supervision, through the departmental Honors Program, highly qualified students are invited to conduct a research thesis of their own initiative and design in collaboration with a faculty member. Participation in the Honors Program is the capstone of an excellent education. 

Education Abroad Program (EAP) 

Through the Education Abroad Program, UCR students can add an international perspective to their education by studying and living in another country while earning UC credit. The Education Abroad Program (EAP) is an excellent opportunity to lean more about another country and its culture while taking long programs, a wide range of shorter options are also available. While on EAP, students are still eligible for financial assistance. Students are advised to plan study abroad well in advance so as to ensure that the courses taken fit with their overall program back at UCR. For further details see the University of California's EAP website andwww.uoeap.ucsb.edu or contact UCR's Education Abroad Program and Opportunities Abroad Program at (951) 827-2508. 

Preparing for Transfer 

Students planning to transfer to UCR with Western American Studies as a minor should:

  1. meet the UC admission requirements for transfer,
  2. complete the coursework requirements.
  3. complete the breadth requirements for UCR's College of Humanities, Arts and Social sciences, preferably by following the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum, IGETC.