Comparative Race and Ethnicity Studies

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can major in CRES?

We anticipate that first-years who entered in the fall of 2017 will be eligible to declare a CRES major; first-years who entered in the fall of 2016 may, depending on how many college and CRES requirements they have already fulfilled, be able to do so as well, although they will have to take CRES 300 as seniors instead of as juniors.

Will courses students have already taken count?

Yes, any courses listed on the courses page will count towards fulfilling CRES requirements. Courses that would have met the "foundational" requirement but were taken in a department instead of as a CRES course may count: e.g., if a student already took Anthropology 398 (Race and Migration), they may count it as CRES 398.

Who will be involved in CRES?

The committee is committed to diversity in faculty, staff, and students, and thus feels strongly that all faculty should and can teach in CRES, all students should and can take CRES courses, and that all faculty, staff, and students are welcome at CRES open house or other campus-wide events.

Some courses are cross-listed in both CRES and another department. Should I sign up for the CRES variant?

Students who intend to fulfill their CRES foundational requirement in that course should sign up for the CRES variant. This will also indicate to the CRES committee that you are interested in being a CRES major. If a student takes the departmental variant, the committee will still count the course as CRES foundational. However, a student may not receive credit for the course as both a departmental and a foundational course. For example, if you have 1 CRES foundational course and 1 CRES-history course remaining in your requirements, you cannot fulfill both of them at the same time by taking 1 CRES-history course that is also CRES foundational.

What is the CRES junior qualifying examination?

Please see the CRES junior qualifying examination page.

Can a course not listed as a CRES course count as one?

While the committee has attempted to identify all relevant CRES courses, there may be additional courses that might also count. Please consult "What makes a course a CRES course" on the courses page first, and contact a member of the committee if there is a course not listed that meets those requirements.