CRES Designated Emphasis

UCSC Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES)

Designated Emphasis for Ph.D. students

The following are requirements for the CRES designated emphasis.
1. The student must have a designated graduate adviser from the CRES program faculty. The student must meet with this CRES adviser to develop a coherent plan for meeting the requirements for the designated emphasis (DE), preferably before the end of the student’s first year of graduate study at UCSC.  This plan must be approved by the CRES graduate director.
2. A member of the CRES faculty (usually the student’s designated CRES adviser) must serve on the student's qualifying examination committee and/or on the student's dissertation committee.
3. The student must prepare a significant piece of scholarly writing in the area of CRES. This writing may take the form of a substantial seminar paper, a master's essay, or a portion of the doctoral dissertation. The student's student’s designated CRES adviser will determine whether a particular piece of writing meets this requirement.
4. The student must take four relevant graduate seminars taught by CRES program faculty. One relevant seminar taught by non-program faculty may be counted with the approval of the student’s designated CRES adviser. This adviser may also approve the substitution of an individual or group independent study addressing a set of readings or focused on research and writing for one of the four required graduate courses. The specific courses used must reflect a coherent plan of study that embodies both breadth and focus.
Students pursuing the DE are encouraged to serve as a Teaching Assistant for at least one CRES core or elective course. CRES program faculty are encouraged to recommend appointment of CRES DE students as teaching assistantships when possible and appropriate.
To propose and obtain the Designated Emphasis in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies:
1. Once a plan for meeting the requirements is agreed upon, the student should complete the application form, obtain the student’s designated CRES adviser’s and graduate director’s signatures, and submit the form to the CRES Program administrative office.
2. The request for the DE must originate in the student Ph.D. granting department.
3. Once the requirements have been met, the student submits relevant documentation to the CRES Program administrative office for final approval by the CRES graduate director. At a minimum, the student should submit copies of the QE and/or Dissertation Committee Nomination forms and a note from the student’s designated CRES adviser confirming that the writing requirement and proposed courses have been completed. If the proposed courses have changed, an explanation of the changes should be included.
4. The CRES Program administrative office will notify the student and his/her home department of approval for the designated emphasis.