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About

Critical Ethnic Studies is an interdisciplinary program offering a Master of Arts (MA) as well as a combined BA/MA with African and Black Diaspora Studies and the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies​.

The Master of Arts in Critical Ethnic Studies prepares students for advanced analysis of race and ethnicity in an urban and global context. It provides an interdisciplinary approach to the studies of systematic marginalization of racialized minorities. It also looks at how racialized groups respond to and counter these forces through art, culture, political organization and other forms of social citizenship.

This program emphasizes social justice and transformation while focusing on U.S. ethno-racial populations through an intersectional, transnational, and urban framework. Students apply critical theories to complex social and cultural issues. The program consists of a combination of core courses and electives from across the university. The Critical Ethnic Studies final project may be comparative or focus on a single ethnic or racialized group through the use of intersectional methodologies.

The MA in Critical Ethnic Studies may also be expanded to include select graduate certificate programs covering particular areas of interest. Students participating in a combined MA/certificate program should consult with their academic advisor to determine what coursework might count toward both programs. A separate application process for the certificate is required. Students who are interested in any of the following combination programs should contact the Graduate Student Services Office for additional information.

  • Critical Ethnic Studies + Community Development Certificate
  • Critical Ethnic Studies + Digital Humanities Certificate
  • Critical Ethnic Studies + Global Health Certificate
  • Critical Ethnic Studies + Public Health Certificate
  • Critical Ethnic Studies + Social and Cultural Foundations in Education
  • Critical Ethnic Studies + Social Research Certificate
  • Critical Ethnic Studies + Women’s and Gender Studies Certificate

For more information on the Critical Ethnic Studies program, please visit the Critical Ethnic Studies website​.