Areas of Study
Comparative race and ethnic studies critically examines racial and ethnic identities as an essential step in becoming ethical citizens and leaders in today’s global community. It is an academic and community-oriented program that values respect, inclusiveness, creative expression, dialogue, engagement, inquiry and academic excellence.
Programs of Study Offered by CRES
- Major in comparative race and ethnic studies (BA)
- Minor in comparative race and ethnic studies
- Emphasis in comparative race and ethnic studies
- Minor or emphasis in African-American and Africana studies
- Minor in Latina/o studies
The CRES major requires 30 semester hours of CRES-prefixed and CRES-attribute courses and four hours of associated requirements. Coursework includes:
- CRES 10103 — Engaging Difference and Diversity in America (recommended introductory course; counts as elective credit but is not required)
- Two required CRES-prefix core courses (six hours):
- CRES 20003 — Gateway Seminar in Critical Race Theory, and
- CRES 40003 — Capstone Seminar
- Eight elective courses (24 hours), fulfilling the following criteria:
- Students must take at least five courses in CRES, or in its associated disciplines, which have at least 50 percent of their content related to race/ethnicity.
- Students must take at least one course that considers the larger context surrounding race and ethnicity, including intersections with class, gender or sexuality and/or larger systems of power or contestation surrounding race and ethnicity. The approved courses have at least 25 percent of their content related to race/ethnicity.
- Students must take at least one course that focuses on race and ethnicity outside the United States.
- Students must take at least six upper division courses in CRES or in its associated disciplines.
- No more than five courses can focus on a particular race or ethnic group.
- No more than five courses can be in any single discipline.
- Four hours of associated requirements
- CRES 30003 – Interdisciplinary Inquiry or another approved methods course
- ADRN 20101 – Make Your Major Work
The minor in comparative race and ethnic studies requires 18 semester hours of CRES-prefixed and CRES-attribute courses; the emphasis requires 15 hours. CRES 10103 – Engaging Difference and Diversity in America is recommended as an introduction. Both programs require CRES 20003 — Gateway Seminar in Critical Race Theory.
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CRES also collaborates with and encourages student participation in the following affiliated minor programs: