Sample Academic Plans

The Critical Race and Ethnic Studies major can be completed in four years for students who were admitted to UC Santa Cruz as frosh or two years for those who were admitted as transfer students. The CRES Program welcomes students switching from other majors; you should meet with the undergraduate advisor to discuss a plan to keep you on track to meet your graduation goal.

At a minimum, students will complete the ER and DC general education through specific course requirements of the major. It is possible to complete some other general education (CC, IM, PR) requirements through electives students may choose.

Please note: Some approved electives for the CRES major may have pre-requisites that must be completed (e.g., FILM courses) or may have restricted enrollment where CRES majors must seek instructor permission to enroll. Please see the master list of courses for more information and consult with the General Catalog for official course information.

Four-Year Sample Academic Plan For CRES Major (Native Frosh)

Sample four year academic plan that assumes student enters ELWR satisfied.  The first column is the academic year, and the remaining columns show classes to enroll in for fall, winter, and spring quarters. Dashes (-) represent space in the student's schedule available for general education and other courses outside of the major.

* Students must be ELWR satisfied and have completed the C1 requirement in order to enroll in CRES 10. Students who place into C2 in their first fall may enroll in CRES 10 in their first fall.

Fall Winter Spring
Year 1 College Core (C1) WRIT 2 (C2) -
- - -
- - -
Year 2 CRES 10 (ER)* CRES 100 CRES 101
- - UD Elective (1)
- - -
Year 3 UD Elective (2) UD Elective (3) UD Elective (5)
- UD Elective (4) -
- - -
Year 4 UD Elective (6) CRES 190 (DC) -
- - -
- - -

Two-Year Sample Academic Plan For CRES Major (Transfers or students changing majors)

Sample two year academic plan. The first column is the academic year, and the remaining columns show classes to enroll in for fall, winter, and spring quarters. Dashes (-) represent space in the student's schedule available for general education and other courses outside of the major.
Fall Winter Spring
Year 1 CRES 10 CRES 100 CRES 101
Major Elective Major Elective Major Elective
- - -
Year 2 Major Elective CRES 190 (DC) Major Elective
Major Elective - -
- - -