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Comparative race and ethnic studies encourages students to critically examine racial and ethnic identities as an essential step in becoming ethical citizens and leaders in today’s global community. In addition to examining the experiences of marginalized communities in the U.S. and beyond, students explore race and ethnicity as active social, political, historical and cultural processes and use race and ethnicity as categories of analysis across time and space.


CRES majors, minors and emphasis students gain the critically important cultural competency that is needed for leadership and careers in public administration, social services, health professions, nonprofit and advocacy organizations, education and private sector businesses of all sizes.


All CRES majors must complete senior capstones centered on original research, creative or legacy projects on subjects of their own choosing. Examples of possible projects include writing a traditional academic article, conducting a community-based oral history or ethnographic project, producing a play or dance performance, making a documentary, interning with community nonprofit groups, launching a public relations campaign, or other projects with faculty approval.
CRES also offers internships and study abroad programs, co-curricular event programming and opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary faculty-led research clusters.

Choose from a variety of programs, including:

  • Graduate Certificate in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies
  • BA in Comparative Race and Ethnic studies
  • Minor or emphasis in Comparative Race and Ethnic studies
  • Affiliated minors

Areas of Study




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