News | 9 June 2014

UCSC to offer new B.A. degree in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies


Beginning this fall, students at UC Santa Cruz can now declare a major in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES), leading to a new bachelor of arts degree.

Administered by the Humanities Division, the curriculum for the major will draw from the campus’s Anthropology, Education, Feminist Studies, History, Film and Digital Media, Literature, History of Art and Visual Culture, Latin American and Latino Studies, Psychology, and Sociology Departments.

“The program will build on long traditions of faculty work and student engagement with a critical and inclusive approach to studies of race and ethnicity,” noted William Ladusaw, UCSC Dean of the Humanities. “The new major will bring a distinctive transnational, comparative perspective to interdisciplinary work in these areas.”

The CRES major is designed to help students develop a deep understanding of how race and other modalities of power have structured human life, both in the past and the present.

The major in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies will offer students the opportunity to study the dynamic power relations resulting from the cultural and institutional productions of the idea of “race” on a local, national, and global scale.

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