Critical Race and Ethnic Studies – UCSC Majors

Critical Race and Ethnic Studies – UCSC Majors

as one of the newest degree-granting
programs at UC Santa Cruz critical race and ethnic studies CRES was born out of
decades of student and faculty lead struggle for ethnic studies
unlike other academic disciplines ethnic studies is a field historically formed
out of people’s movements for justice in the CRES major we examine race within
the United States and globally and question how racial ideologies have
naturalized structural inequality the study of race is a rigorous project one
which yields critical insights into the social political cultural and economic
processes that have defined and shaped the modern era CRES majors develop a
deep understanding of how race and other modalities of power have structured
human life in the past and the present CRES students make critical use of
methods and concepts from different academic disciplines including
literature history sociology anthropology feminist studies education
and environmental studies as a means of better understanding historical and
contemporary social phenomena and problems the CRES major will expose
you to an array of conceptual and theoretical analysis on a transnational
national and local level comparative approaches the insights of gender and
sexuality studies and anti-racist practices because CRES is broadly
multidisciplinary students have the opportunity to learn from nationally
renowned faculty across the humanities arts and social sciences our faculty
specialize in black radical thought slavery and its aftermath climate change
feminist queer and trans studies human rights jazz and urban studies and
creative writing just to name a few our focus spans the Indian and Pacific
Oceans the African diaspora Palestine Europe Latin America Asia and the United
States if you explore our faculty research and course offerings we are one
of the most exciting and dynamic ethnic studies programs in the nation the
gateway course to our major CRES 10 critical race and ethnic studies an
introduction is one of the most popular courses on campus and fills to capacity
each year the CRES major is an intellectual home for students who are
committed to promoting racial and social justice disrupting systems of oppression
and learning historical and contemporary theories on race and ethnic studies
anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of power relations anyone who wishes to
hone their critical thinking and communication skills for real-world
application and anyone who desires connection to causes greater than
oneself is encouraged and welcome to major in CRES two things that make
CRES such an attractive major is that it can easily be completed within 4 or 2
years and the requirements can be fulfilled by taking courses in many
other departments from anthropology community and feminist studies to film
and digital media to history and literature students are presented with a
number of course offerings making CRES less time constrained and more flexible
than any other major at UCSC another thing that makes CRES so attractive
and one of the fastest growing degree programs on campus is that in addition
to a second major or minor it can also be paired with study abroad
an educational opportunity which we strongly encourage our students to take
advantage of students will also have an opportunity to design and implement
collaborative or independent research and service-learning projects develop
teaching skills under the direction of faculty who are experts in their field
or even facilitate student-led classes for example the student facilitated
Pilipinx historical dialogue a CRES course that examines the experiences and
struggles of Pilipino communities past and present is the longest-running
ethnic studies course on the UC Santa Cruz campus CRES also has an active
undergraduate collective as well as peer advising and internship opportunities we
have strong ties to the ethnic resource centers with students serving as active
liaisons between CRES and the ERC’s the CRES major prepares students to
pursue careers across a variety of sectors our students can be found in
fields such as Public Health and community organizing law and criminal
justice system sustainability and environmental jobs and education both
k12 and post-secondary the UCSC Career Center has staff that is
ready to assist you with practically any career interest you can possibly imagine
from paid and volunteer internships with campus and community partners to a
career job board to helping you prepare for graduate and professional School
upon completion of the critical race and ethnic studies major our students will
have developed a deep understanding of historical present-day and
intersectional perspectives on race and ethnicity across multiple disciplines
through a nuanced lens with respect to institutional power not only will you
graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree but CRES will help you develop enhanced
critical thinking and communication skills both written and verbal you will
be able to effectively formulate your own arguments as well as interpret the
viewpoints of others in writing and across alternative media such as speech
digital and other forms of non written communication you will also gain an
understanding of community engagement and activism and design a research
project using these critical frameworks CRES students are agents of change who
pursue ways to constructively challenge institutions and prevailing power
structures in pursuit of a more just society they work collaboratively
alongside our equally committed and dedicated faculty and staff to help
shape the vision of the program we invite you to come be a part of our
dynamic and growing community

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