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Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity Course Descriptions

The critical studies of race/ethnicity major is an interdisciplinary major, meaning many of the course requirements for the major are selected from multiple academic departments. Upon admission, you will work with an adviser to tailor your courses to fit your individual needs.

CRST 2050: FOUNDATIONS OF CRITICAL STUDIES OF RACE AND ETHNICITY (4 credits)

This course provides an overview of the key concepts and issues in the interdisciplinary study of race/ethnicity. The course serves as an introduction to the complexity of diverse racial/ethnic groups in the U.S., issues of racial formation, white privilege, individual and institutional discrimination, multiple differences and intersecting oppressions, racial/ethnic identity and collective resistance, as well as the global dimensions of race/ethnicity. Course materials facilitate engagement in critical analysis of textual and statistical information from a variety of disciplinary sources. Offered every term.

CRST 2150: CHALLENGING OPPRESSIONS, CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND CHANGE (4 credits)

This course provides an in-depth overview of the dynamics of inequality, intersecting oppressions, models of civic engagement and systemic social change. Classism, racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism and speciesism are examined as systems of power and privilege that are socially constructed and subject to social change. This course bridges the classroom and the community, theory and practice through readings, discussions, guest speakers, visits to community partner agencies, and a community work and learning component. Also offered as SOCI and WOST. Offered annually. Required for civic engagement minor but open to all students.

CRST 3510: SOCIOLOGY OF RACE AND ETHNICITY (4 credits)

This course examines structured inequality related to race and ethnicity. The course focuses on current research and theory pertinent to the social construction of race/ethnicity, inter-group relationships, power, stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination, systemic racism, and the ways that race intersects with class, gender and other differences. Includes historical and contemporary experiences of racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. Offered alternate years. Also offered as SOCI and WOST.

CRST 4602 or 4604: INTERNSHIP (2 or 4 credits)

Consult program director. Prerequisites: CRST 2050.

CRST 4850: SENIOR SEMINAR (4 credits)

This capstone course offers an in-depth examination of a topic in critical studies of race and ethnicity. Topics change with each offering. You engage in independent research and presentations incorporating interdisciplinary literature and perspectives on race/ethnicity. Offered every other year. Prerequisites: CRST 2050, 3510.

CRST 4952 or 4954: INDEPENDENT STUDY (2 or 4 credits)

Consult program director. Prerequisites: Faculty and department chair permission..