Comparative Race and Ethnicity Studies

Junior Qual and Thesis

Junior Qualifying Examination

CRES students are required to pass a junior qualifying exam, which consists of passing the qual in their home department and passing CRES 300. If CRES 300 is not passed but the home department qual is passed, the student may either redeclare as a major in their home department (anthropology, dance, history, music, sociology, or theatre) and start thesis in that department in the next semester or they may retake CRES 300 the following year. If CRES 300 is failed twice, the student may no longer major in CRES. If CRES 300 is passed but the home department qual is not, the student is not considered to have passed the CRES qual until the home department qual is passed. Students going on terms abroad must make early arrangements to complete the requirements of the junior qualifying examination. This is their responsibility. Standard accommodations can be made for students on terms abroad; however, if at all possible, students who plan to be abroad in their second semester of their junior year should take the Junior Seminar prior to departing.


Students must complete a thesis with a focus on comparative race and ethnicity. A research proposal for the thesis should be turned in to the committee by noon of Monday of the fourth week of the first semester of the senior year. Based on the proposal, the committee will assign a first reader for the thesis, who will read the proposal and give feedback. It is normally at least two double-spaced, typewritten pages. In the proposal, the student defines the thesis topic, discusses its significance, explains the approach to be used in researching the topic, and presents a short bibliography of relevant secondary works and/or primary resources. Thesis assessment is done via the procedures of the home departments.