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The Department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) offers an interdisciplinary educational experience through which students, along with faculty, critically examine power, race, and indigeneity with a focus on the lives, experiences, cultures, and perspectives of Native American, Black American, Latinx and Caribbean American, Asian American, Pacific Islander American, Arab American, and other peoples of color within the United States to understand and dismantle white supremacy and other systems of oppression.

Our scholars grapple with the historical and contemporary manifestations of race and racism; the ways in which race and ethnicity are intimately tied to class, gender, sexuality, and ability; and the social movements and other forms of resistance and self-determination created to combat and defeat racial domination. Our studies are comparative and internationalist in nature, focusing on the changing relationship between different racial and ethnic groups both in the United States and abroad. The Department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies strives to educate and empower students, faculty, staff, and the larger community to advance equity and justice – social, cultural, environmental, political, and economic – as an essential step in becoming ethical citizens and leaders in today’s global community.


CRES students gain the critically important cultural competency and transferable skills that are needed for transformative leadership and careers in public administration and elected office, social services, health professions, academia and preK-16 education, nonprofit and advocacy organizations, media and entertainment,  and private sector businesses of various sizes and types.


Expand your horizons with study abroad in more than 50 countries, service-learning trips overseas and internships around the globe.

Study Abroad

At TCU, you’ll grow intellectually and personally, and you’ll also gain specific knowledge and skills for a career. You’ll learn by doing, stepping outside the classroom to turn your ideas into action. Internships are invaluable for helping sort out which career path most interests you.


At TCU, you’ll have access to a career consultant who works with CRES students. Schedule one-on-one meetings with your career coach who will assess and analyze what you need most. You’ll learn how courses, internships and service projects can broaden the experience on your resume. Learn more about everything career services has to offer comparative race and ethnic studies majors.

Career Preparation