Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Prospective majors complete a proposed study plan, according to the requirement list below, and schedule a meeting with a Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) adviser.  The elective courses selected should represent a coherent plan.*  Students should submit their study plan no later than the third quarter of their sophmore year or, in the case of transfer students, as soon as possible after enrolling in CRES 10.
One lower-division course:           
CRES 10, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies: An Introduction (offered fall 2015)
Students must complete or be enrolled in CRES 10 prior to declaring the CRES major
Nine upper-division courses:         
CRES 100, Comparative Theories of Race and Ethnicity (offered winter 2016)
CRES 101, Research Methods and Writing in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (offered spring 2016)
Majors should take CRES 100 and 101 at their earliest opportunity.
Students may petition to substitute a department-based community engagement course for CRES 101.  The course must be an upper-division, five-credit course.
Upper-division electives: 
Majors take a minimum of six upper-division electives from an approved list, in addition to the capstone course.
At least two elective courses must be from different academic divisions and two must focus on phenomena outside the U.S., or on transnational or hemispheric subjects (see elective list for qualifying courses)

CRES Capstone and Disciplinary Communication (DC) requirements:        
CRES 190, Research Seminar
* Majors may elect to craft an elective distribution from several areas of specific research and career interests. Or, they may wish to take a number of elective courses in a particular area in which to develop an expertise. For example, they may wish to focus on a social group (e.g., members of the African Diaspora), on a discipline (e.g., history), on a social phenomenon (e.g., social movements), or on a methodological or theoretical orientation (e.g., theories of race, gender and sexuality). 
Majors are also encouraged to supplement their upper-division coursework with language study, internships, individual or group independent studies. Students may petition to have up to ten upper-division credits of such course activities substituted for upper-division elective requirements (the breadth requirements must still be met).