Critical Race and Ethnic Studies


Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts and Science

What is Critical Race and Ethnic Studies?

Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at Miami University fosters the critical and interdisciplinary study of race, ethnicity, and indigeneity in an increasingly interconnected world. This focus is grounded in a deep understanding of the particular historical, social, economic, cultural, and political experiences of individual racialized groups within and beyond the United States, as well as an analysis of the relation between them. By analyzing the multiple ways race and ethnicity are produced on a local, national, and global scale, students gain critical insights on pressing issues such as colonialisms, imperialisms, diasporas, capitalism, cultural production, public policy, social activism, and anti-colonial and anti-racist struggles

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Global perspective

Miami's program provides students the opportunity to engage critical race and ethnic studies from a global perspective, as well as in the United States.

Interdisciplinary curriculum

As an interdisciplinary major, we offer courses in the social sciences, geography, history, literature, public policy, education, health, theater, film, media, religion, and philosophy.

Service learning

Several courses integrate opportunities for service work with the academic programming.

Study abroad

Students are encouraged to work with CRES faculty to seek out study abroad and study away opportunities to deepen their understanding of critical race and ethnic studies.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

Courses comprising this major allow students to engage in comparative studies to explore the experiences of racial, ethnic, and indigenous groups across geographic areas and from a wide range of fields. In addition to a shared core curriculum, the CRES major offers options for a social group concentration, a comparative race and ethnicity concentration, and students also have the option of a self-designed concentration.

What can I do with this major?

The Critical Race and Ethnic Studies major is designed to prepare students not only for graduate academic programs in the field of Race and Ethnic Studies but also for careers in law, public health, social work, education, business, diplomacy, politics, the arts, and advocacy.

Who can I contact for more information?

Walt Vanderbush, Chair
Department of Global and Intercultural Studies
120 MacMillan Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-2018