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Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) foregrounds the examination of class, gender, race, sexuality, and other modalities of lived identity in our interconnected world. Understanding marginalized and minoritized people in the United States, and their links to the African, Asian, Indigenous, Latin America, and Oceanic diasporas, is crucial for day-to-day workforce knowledge and experience in many fields. CRES majors engage in an interdisciplinary course of study including the arts, economics, history, politics, and sociology to graduate with a skill set focused on enacting social change on the local and global scale.
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies provides a comprehensive curriculum that prepares you for graduate school or for a career in advocacy, the arts, business, education, government, journalism, law, public health, and social work.
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) at St. John’s University is a home for cutting-edge research and critical pedagogy on colonialism, contemporary and historical structural and social inequalities, economic globalization, empire, health-care systems, international migration, and legal and carceral structures. CRES provides you with rigorous training in methods of critical inquiry that are relevant to the most pressing cultural, political, and social challenges we face in the 21st century and their historical antecedents.
The B.A. in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies program requires a total of 33 credits (15 credits in the CRES major sequence and 18 credits of interdisciplinary elective courses and an internship). The design of the program provides you with the flexibility to add another major or minor if desired.
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
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To earn the B.A. in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, you complete 120 credits including core, major sequence, and elective requirements. For more information about courses, please see the St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section of the Undergraduate Bulletin.
Introduction to Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
Methods in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
Anti-Blackness Around the Globe
Comparative Racialization: Blackness, Indigeneity, Asianness, and Latinidad
Capstone Seminar in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
To fulfill the elective requirements, you must select one course each from six of the seven field categories.
Asian American History
African American History to 1900
African American History since 1900
Sociology of Latinos/as in the US
Social Construction of Race in the Americas
Sociology of the Black Experience
Psychology of the African American Experience
Comparative Migration Literature
French Afro-Caribbean Literature and Culture (French/English)
Race and Immigration in France (French/English)
Urban Culture in Contemporary France (French/English)
Race and Religion in the US
Racial Capitalism and Political Economy
Critical Approaches to Reading and Writing Anthropology
Science, Technology, and the “Human”
BIPOC Feminist Science and Technology Studies
Race and the Environment
Writing as Social Action
Black Women’s Rhetoric
Integrating Interdisciplinary Social Justice Seminar
Human Rights in Francophone Africa
American Ethnic Literature
American Popular Music in the 20th/21st Centuries
History of Jazz
Racism in Film
With an understanding of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, many career paths are open to you, including in education, politics, public health, research, and social work. Graduates often combine their disciplinary training with complimentary interests and skill sets. Top career areas include
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of Social and Community Service Managers will grow 27.6 percent in New York through 2028. In a 2021 market study conducted by Hanover Research, there is an expected 26.8 percent upward trend for area, ethnic, and cultural studies teachers, postsecondary, between 2019 and 2029 in the greater New York area.
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides the opportunity to obtain practical experience and networking connections through valuable internships and externships throughout the New York metropolitan area. Please visit University Career Services for more information.
You benefit from St. John’s University’s focus on an international academic experience. The University offers extensive study abroad courses during the academic year, as well as during the winter and summer semesters. You can live and learn at St. John’s Rome, Italy, campus and at our Paris, France, and Limerick, Ireland, location. For more information, please visit Global Education.
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All students take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and University Career Services have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area.
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