Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies

2021 Best Value Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Far Western US Region

10 Colleges
3,388 Bachelor's Degrees
$33,840 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies School for You

Best Value Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Far Western US RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies was ranked #26 in the country. In fact 10,849 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 3,388 went to students in the Far Western US region of the United States.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Far Western US Region ranking, we looked at 10 colleges that offer a bachelor's in area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. We are more focused on area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

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2021 Best Value Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Schools in the Far Western US Region

Check out the area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 10 Best Value Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Schools

Our rankings recognize University of Washington - Seattle Campus as the #1 school in this year's rankings. UW Seattle is a fairly large public school located in the city of Seattle. In addition to being on our best value list, UW Seattle has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Far Western US Region ranking.

The average student at UW Seattle graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $36,058. This means that the average student pays around $152,886 to get a bachelor’s degree from UW Seattle. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Los Angeles. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public school with a fairly large student population. UCLA did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Far Western US Region list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UCLA is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $39,402. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UCLA is about $164,306. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of California - Berkeley comes in at #3 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, UC Berkeley has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Far Western US Region ranking.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at UC Berkeley to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $42,692. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley is about $179,733. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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California State University - Long Beach landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies schools. Cal State Long Beach is a very large public school located in the city of Long Beach. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Cal State Long Beach, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Far Western US Region ranking.

It takes the average student at Cal State Long Beach about 5.0 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $24,708. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Cal State Long Beach is $122,552. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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California State University - Fullerton earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Fullerton, Cal State Fullerton is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Cal State Fullerton has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Far Western US Region ranking.

The average student at Cal State Fullerton graduates in less than 4.9 years, and it costs about $27,794 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Fullerton is $135,079. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to California State University - Chico. Chico State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Chico.

At Chico State, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $25,192. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Chico State is $118,654. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Washington - Tacoma Campus. Located in the medium-sized city of Tacoma, University of Washington - Tacoma Campus is a public school with a medium-sized student population. University of Washington - Tacoma Campus not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Far Western US Region list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at University of Washington - Tacoma Campus is 4.2 years, and it costs about $33,304 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from University of Washington - Tacoma Campus is about $141,209. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize University of California - Riverside as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Riverside, UCR is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UCR, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Far Western US Region ranking.

It takes the average student at UCR about 4.3 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $37,168. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UCR be around $159,822. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Our rankings recognize University of Hawaii at Manoa as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Honolulu, UHM is a public school with a fairly large student population. UHM did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Far Western US Region list.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at UHM to complete their degree, and it costs about $38,437 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UHM is about $174,888. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize University of Washington - Bothell Campus as the #10 school in this year's rankings. University of Washington - Bothell Campus is a moderately-sized public school located in the large suburb of Bothell. University of Washington - Bothell Campus also made our Best Colleges for Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies in the Far Western US Region list, coming in at #9.

The average student at University of Washington - Bothell Campus graduates in less than 4.4 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $33,648. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington - Bothell Campus is $147,378. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Best Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Colleges by State

Explore the best area, ethnic, culture, and gender studies colleges for a specific state in the Far Western US region.

State Degrees Awarded
California 2,657
Washington 462
Hawaii 118
Oregon 122
Alaska 4
Nevada 25

Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Ethnic Studies 2,261
Area Studies 1,127

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 32,805
Psychology 21,744
Communication & Journalism 14,511
Education 8,988
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 4,452

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 10 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to G. Mützel.

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