About Critical Race and Ethnic Studies


The Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) program offer a major and minor that provides a strong liberal arts education for students considering admission to graduate or professional schools and careers in:

  • law
  • medicine
  • education
  • public health
  • social work
  • journalism
  • business
  • city planning
  • politics
  • psychology
  • international relations
  • creative writing
  • arts

Students majoring and minoring in CRES are prepared to enter the workforce as informed citizens in a diverse and challenging society.


Hear from our illustrious alums and how a degree
in CRES helped to inform their future success and careers 

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What Can I Do with a Major in CRES?

Anything! Critical Race and Ethnic Studies prepares students to thrive in a fast-paced, intercultural, interconnected global world in which most people change careers several times.

CRES enables students to see connections and opportunities between fields, to understand multiple perspectives, to excel in a variety of work environments, to model intercultural understanding, and to be engaged citizens.

Alumni are employed in:

  • advertising
  • education
  • government/public sector
  • law
  • media
  • museums
  • public history
  • social work
  • many other fields

Alumni have gone on to pursue professional degrees in:

  • law
  • journalism
  • museum studies and public history
  • library science
  • public policy

They have also taken graduate degrees in academic fields such as history and literature.

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Drawing outstanding faculty from academic areas across campus, CRES provides undergraduates an invaluable opportunity to engage in a multidisciplinary and supportive academic environment.

Current CRES faculty members include:

Brown, Tammy (Chief Departmental Advisor)

Amador, José

Austin, Sara

Cho, Yu-Fang

Coates, Rodney

Cohen, Jennifer

Etter-Lewis, Gwendolyn

Garner, Sandra

Jayasena, Nalin

Sackefiyo, Naaborle

Support the Program

The Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Program fosters the critical and interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity, and/or indigeneity in an increasingly interconnected world.

Students develop a deep understanding of the particular historical, social, cultural, and political experiences of individual racialized groups within and beyond the United States, as well as the relations among them.

It is only through the wonderful generosity of donors to the CRES Program that we can dream of success. Please take a few minutes and consider how valuable a resource this is to our students and help us continue these efforts with a gift.

There are several ways you can help us.

Unrestricted Gifts

These gifts allow us to apply your gift to the area of greatest need.

Designated Gifts

  • Speaker/Lecture Series related to current scholarship/research
  • Assistance to students who struggle to purchase textbooks for classes
  • Scholarships to our very best students
  • Enhancement of CRES documentary and film library
  • Travel grants for students and faculty to attend conferences
  • Student excursions to museums and sites of historical significance
  • Annual graduation banquet to celebrate the achievements of our students

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