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Major in RACE

The Race and Ethnic Studies major includes any one of the courses numbered Race 121-125, (usually 121 or 122) and seven other courses from at least three different departments, plus a senior project. One of the seven courses may be an independent study or research, and one may be an internship approved by the program director. One course may also focus on race and/or ethnicity in an international context. Study off-campus on diversity topics is encouraged.

Unlike many majors, which prescribe sequences of courses, Race and Ethnic Studies allows students considerable freedom in choosing classes that fulfill their interests (and often, at the same time, fulfill general education requirements). Many RACE majors are double majors, because Race and Ethnic Studies courses complement many majors in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts.

Concentration in RACE

The Race and Ethnic Studies concentration includes RACE 121-122 and four other courses from at least two different departments.

Petition for Race and Ethnic Studies Credit

Courses that are not already approved may count for Race and Ethnic Studies credit. (Internships may also qualify).

To be eligible, 50 percent of the course or internship’s content should cover the contributions and lived experiences of African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Latinx, and/or Middle Eastern Americans. For majors only, 50 percent of an international course’s content should focus on race and/or ethnicity and should be a learning objective as expressed in the readings and assignments.

If a student would like to attempt RACE credit in a non-approved course, the student should notify the course instructor and the program director about their intent. Most often, the student will undertake additional research. Final approval is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the course.

For a completed non-approved course (including a course from another institution), the student should submit a syllabus to the program director.