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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.

Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Major

The Bachelors of Arts major in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies requires 30 semester hours of CRES-prefixed and CRES-approved courses passed with a grade of “C-” or better and a maximum of 12 hours below the 30000 level. A minor in any field is required. Courses counted for the CRES major may not be counted for any other major or minor (except for the Associated Requirements, which may be double-counted for multiple programs of study).

Requirements

Core Courses (6 hours)

CRES 20003: Gateway Seminar in Critical Race Theory, 3 hours

CRES 40003: CRES Capstone Seminar, 3 hours

Recommended Core Course

CRES 10103: Engaging Difference and Diversity in America, 3 hours

Recommended to students prior to taking 20003 but not required.

Electives (24 hours)

The eight required courses must meet the following criteria:

  1. Students must take at least five courses in CRES or in its associated disciplines which have at least 50% of their content related to race/ethnicity.
  2. 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% of their content related to race/ethnicity.
  3. Students must take at least one course of the eight courses that focus on race and ethnicity outside the U.S.
  4. Students must take at least six upper division courses in CRES or in its associated disciplines.
  5. No more than five of the eight courses can focus on a particular race or ethnic group.
  6. No more than five of the eight courses can be in any single discipline.

Note: If students take CRES 10103, it can count as one of their eight elective classes.

A list of approved courses, along with the appropriate subcategory designations, can be found in the catalog and will be maintained by the program and the Registrar.

Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Minor

The minor in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies requires 18 semester hours of CRES-prefixed and CRES-approved courses passed with a grade of “C-” or better and a maximum of 9 hours below the 30000 level. Courses counted for the CRES minor may not be counted for any other major or minor.

Requirements

Recommended Core Course

CRES 10103: Engaging Difference and Diversity in America, 3 hours

Recommended to students prior to taking 20003 but not required.

Core Courses (3 hours)

CRES 20003: Gateway Seminar in Critical Race Theory, 3 hours

Electives (15 hours)

The five required courses must meet the following criteria:

  1. Students must take at least three upper division courses in CRES or in its associated disciplines from any of the program’s course subcategories.
  2. No more than three of the five courses can focus on a particular race or ethnic group.
  3. No more than three of the five courses can be in any single discipline.

Note: If students take CRES 10103, it can count as one of their five elective classes.

Students may also take CRES 30003 Interdisciplinary Inquiry and/or CRES 40003 Capstone Seminar to fulfill the elective requirement.

A list of approved courses, along with the appropriate subcategory designations, can be found in the catalog and will be maintained by the program and the Registrar.

Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Emphasis

The emphasis in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies requires 15 semester hours of CRES-prefixed and CRES-approved courses passed with a grade of “C-” or better and a maximum of 9 hours below the 30000 level. Courses counted for the CRES emphasis may be counted for other majors or minors.

Requirements

Recommended Core Course

CRES 10103: Engaging Difference and Diversity in America, 3 hours

Recommended to students prior to taking 20003 but not required.

Core Courses (3 hours)

CRES 20003: Gateway Seminar in Critical Race Theory, 3 hours

Electives (12 hours)

The five required courses must meet the following criteria:

  1. Students must take at least two upper division courses in CRES or in its associated disciplines from any of the program’s course subcategories.
  2. No more than two of the four courses can focus on a particular race or ethnic group.
  3. No more than two of the four courses can be in any single discipline.

Note: If students take CRES 10103, it can count as one of their five elective classes.

A list of approved courses, along with the appropriate subcategory designations, can be found in the catalog and will be maintained by the program and the Registrar.

For information on the minors in African-American and Africana studies, and Latina/o studies as well as the other CRES-affiliated minors, please consult the appropriate program websites.

CRES Graduate Certificate

Required Core Courses: 10 hours

  • CRES 60003 Graduate Introduction to Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies: 3 hours. (See attached syllabus for the course)
  • CRES 70001 Portfolio: 1 hour (See below for more details and attached syllabus for the course)
  • Elective Course (Either CRES prefix or CRES approved): 3 hours (See below for more details)
  • Elective Course (Either CRES prefix or CRES approved): 3 hours

CRES Graduate Certificate Portfolio CRES 70001 (1hour):  

To earn a Graduate Certificate in CRES, students must complete the following and demonstrate the appropriate competencies when applicable:

  • Present at an academic conference that engages with issues, areas of study, or research that align with the work outlined in the students CRES Graduate Certificate coursework.
  • Demonstrate an application of knowledge gained in the Graduate Certificate coursework either through scholarship and/or community service.
  • Develop (and when possible implement) a lesson plan that speaks to the various commitments of the CRES program.
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Affiliated Minors

CRES also collaborates with and encourages student participation in the following affiliated minor programs:

If you are a faculty member and want to get your course approved for undergraduate CRES credit, please fill out the form below.

CRES Undergraduate Course Approval Form