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Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Major

Critical race and ethnic studies is an interdisciplinary major. You can expect to learn the application of critical theories to help understand cultural diversity, race and ethnicity, and relationship to power. We will provide you with the understanding of knowledge of diversity at a global level and engage in theoretical and historical constructions of race with an emphasis on intersexual approaches.

Program Overview

The critical race and ethnic studies concentration enables you to develop a deep understanding of how race and ethnicity have developed in concert with gender, sexuality, class, indigeneity, citizenship, etc., to shape our lived identities and experiences. You will acquire an understanding of how the contours of race and ethnicity have changed over time and geographical space.

Program Concentrations

This program is made up of the following concentrations. Learn more about concentrations.

Concentration Overview

This concentration focuses on how intersections of race, gender, class, and other significant social locations shape social identity and inequality. Students in this concentration area learn to interrogate the complicated ways that human behavior is shaped by both structure and agency through a variety of theoretical vantage points with an emphasis on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, and gender.

Concentration Overview

This concentration is interdisciplinary in nature. Strategies to do research, communicate information effectively in Spanish, and to think critically in an ever changing, more connected world will be developed through the study of the rich and diverse history, civilization, literary and cultural products of Latin American communities and Latinos in the United States.

Concentrations on this page are required for this program. Additional courses or concentrations may need to be added to meet program or credit requirements.

Program Coursework

The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.

Liberal Arts Core

The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum is rooted in the Liberal Arts and our Franciscan heritage. It is designed to create a framework to develop knowledge, skills, and responsibilities necessary to educate students so that they will be prepared to contribute to the world guided by a concern for issues of justice and ethical behavior.

LEADERSHIP:  4 credits
  • Freshman Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Spiritual & Ethical Literacy (3 cr.) 
  • Personal Branding Communication (3 cr.)
  • Writing for the 21st Century (3 cr.)*
  • Quantitative Problem Solving (3 cr.)*
  • Language & Culture (3 cr.)
*For ‘Writing for the 21st Century’ (English) and ‘Quantitative Problem Solving’ (Math), you may need additional courses depending on your placement.

CORE LITERACIES:  15 credits – Choose one (1) course from each broad theme. Course options can be found in the course catalog or on the academic advising page. Broad themes are:
  • Narratives of Identity       (3 cr.)
  • Science, Environment & Culture (3 cr.)   
  • Social Tensions (3 cr.)    
  • The American Experience (3 cr.)
  • Approving the Better Things (3 cr.)

Professional Core

Culminating Experience

Giving students a culminating experience as well as practical work experience, the Professional Core is a graduation requirement for every Stritch student in a bachelor’s degree program. This bachelor’s degree program includes completion of the Professional Core consisting of three courses:
  • Pre-Internship
  • Internship
  • Capstone

Limitless Curriculum

Choosing a concentration will prepare you to work in a variety of different settings with diverse populations by developing an understanding on race, ethnicity, and power to shape our social realities.

Learn More About Limitless

A Social Identities minor in sociology is relevant to you if you come to sociology to follow your passion for social justice and interest in combating persistent social inequities and inequalities experienced around race, gender, class, nationality, sexuality, etc. 

This minor concentration will complement any applied career paths such as business, law, criminal justice, community organizing, social work, etc., or other disciplines (political science, psychology, history, etc.) if you are seeking to apply a social justice perspective to you fields of study.

A Latin American Studies minor consists of courses that draw knowledge from literature, culture, history, sociology and art. 

This concentration provides you with the ability to communicate effectively in Spanish and to think critically in an ever-changing, more connected world through the study of the rich and diverse history, civilization, and literary and cultural products of Latin American communities and Latinos in the United States.

Experiential Learning

Instructors in this program provide real world experience. The skills learned in the classroom are immediately applicable to students internship sites.

Internship sites may include:

  • Civitas Law Group, INC
  • Dismas Ministry
  • Milwaukee Justice Center
  • Olympus Group
  • Pathfinders
  • Sojourner Family Peace Center
  • United Community Center
  • Wisconsin Early Autism Project
  • Walker's Point Youth and Family Center
Ethnic Studies

5 Careers in this major

Students in this area can work in a range of fields in communications, government, education and business. 

5 career options in this major: 

  • Marketing Director
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Campaign Planner
  • Minority Program Coordinator
  • Teacher or Counselor
Contact admissions or the program faculty with questions about this program.


Amber S. Tucker

Faculty - Sociology