Analyzing the way race and ethnicity are constructed and articulated

Students in the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Program learn to deconstruct the way race and ethnicity are both constructed and articulated — in the U.S. and abroad — and this is a project of increasingly urgent importance. We are a close-knit community of faculty and students dedicated to conducting this exciting work in and out of the classroom. Learn about Studying Critical Race and Ethnic Studies.

Our faculty consists of a dynamic group of scholars who approach the study of race and ethnicity through the lens of many different disciplines including art history; anthropology; economics; English; environmental studies; gender, sexuality, and women’s studies; global studies; religion; romance languages and cultures, political science, theater and others. You’ll learn in small classroom settings from top-notch faculty who provide a wide spectrum of perspectives.

Evolving Course Offerings

Bailey-Howe library

Course offerings are enriched every semester by a vigorous schedule of lectures and performances by nationally and internationally acclaimed writers, artists, musicians, filmmakers and scholars. The program sponsors an annual student conference on race, gender and sexuality.

A Versatile Minor


A critical race and ethnic studies minor is an excellent complement to any major in the College of Arts and Sciences, or another college in the university. In a world characterized by diversity and interconnectedness, an understanding of race and ethnicity gives you an advantage in any career setting.