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Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES)

Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES)

The University of California, Merced announces its new Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, BA undergraduate major that will be offered through the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) beginning Fall 2017.

Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) is an interdisciplinary field of study that seeks to understand the ways society is culturally and institutionally constituted by ideas of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and nation. The program provides an innovative, multidisciplinary paradigm that employs global (Western and non-Western), relational, and intersectional methods for producing knowledge about power and inequality, including systems of knowledge that have emerged from racialized and indigenous communities. In using race, ethnicity, and indigeneity as ideological frameworks, CRES aims to scrutinize cultures of power and domination as well as highlight and imagine struggles for liberation and self-determination.

With outstanding faculty who already teach in programs across campus, undergraduates in the CRES program have a valuable opportunity to create a course of study that gives them strong theoretical grounding and a wide range of topics to explore. Students will engage in a multidisciplinary and supportive academic environment. Critical Race and Ethnic Studies is an exciting and valuable degree that prepares students to enter the workforce as informed citizens in a diverse and challenging society. The major offers a strong liberal arts education for students considering admission to graduate or professional schools and careers in education, law, medicine, public health, social work, counseling, journalism, business, city planning, politics, psychology, international relations, creative writing, and the arts.

Steps to Declare

1. Determine Eligibility
Open to all students who are otherwise eligible to declare a major at the end of Spring 2017 (freshman, sophomores or juniors in good academic standing). Students with junior standing must apply by the change of major deadline for the Fall 2017 semester to guarantee eligibility to declare without additional petition. Students with senior standing or who have already submitted an Undergraduate Graduation Application are not eligible to declare this major.

2. Review documents
Review documents below for application of current and previously completed coursework towards the new major.

3. Submit Major Change form to COB 204
Major Change approval will be subject to Dean's review. Eligible students may be denied if declaration of this major will cause them to violate the Normal Progress to Degree Policy. See an advisor during our walk-in advising hours for more information.