Undergrad Catalog

Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity (CRST)

Program Option: B.A.

St. Kate's critical studies of race and ethnicity (CRST) major provides you with a framework for understanding race and ethnicity in historical, contemporary, national and global contexts. This field of study uses the lens of race/ethnicity to critically examine texts, language, media, art, music, statistical records, social structure/systems and the complete array of institutional arrangements. This exciting major is unique - one of few of its kind in the state. Growing racial and ethnic diversity in the State of Minnesota and St. Kate's own diverse student body make this major increasingly relevant for all students and make St. Kate's an excellent choice for those who wish to pursue this area of study.

As a CRST major, you will engage in an interdisciplinary study of race and ethnicity through courses that are cross-listed in several departments in St. Kate's two-year and four-year degree programs, including art, biology, economics, English, history, philosophy, sociology, communication studies and women's studies. This broad perspective will allow you to analyze issues of racial and ethnic identity and perspective; examine individual, institutional and systematic racism; critique race-based policies and socio-cultural representatives; learn to more effectively communicate across lines of difference; and engage in strategizing for social change.

As you study the diverse racial and ethnic groups within the United States, you will become aware of the extent to which class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age and ability interact to magnify privilege/disadvantage. This major will help you to build the knowledge, skills and confidence to actively work to dismantle the structural and systemic inequities surrounding notions of race and ethnicity. Your course work, independent research, final portfolio and internship will give you the ability to work across lines of difference and recognize ways individuals are privileged or not privileged because they are members of certain racial or ethnic groups.

Your liberal arts degree in critical studies of race and ethnicity will be particularly relevant and useful for careers in health and human services, education, business, government, law, criminal justice or public policy. Your major or minor in CRST will also complement majors in any of the professions or the liberal arts.

Major Requirements:

Required courses (20 credits):
CRST 2050 Foundations of Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity
CRST 3510 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
CRST 4604 Internship
CRST 4850 Senior Seminar
One course from the WOST (women's studies) course listing

Plus 20 credits from the list of courses below:
At least three courses must be at the 2000- or 3000-level. One of the courses must be global, two must be from the arts and humanities and two must be from the sciences or social sciences. (All of the courses are listed under both the "home" department and the CRST Department, and should be taken under the CRST Department designation.)

The following courses are offered on the Minneapolis campus:
SSCS 1000 Power and Social Change (2 credits)
SSCS 1400 Immigrants and Refugees + (2 credits)
SSCS 1504 Critical Studies and Social Action Seminar

The following four-credit courses are offered on the St. Paul campus:
ARTH 2900 Latin American Art +
ARTH 3630 Women in Art
BIOL 1140 Race, Class, Gender and the Environment +
COMM 3100 Communication Across Cultures, Identities and Differences +
COMM 4600 Leadership and the Art of Persuasion
CRST 4954 Independent Study
ECON 1120 Economics of Social Issues
ENGL 2220 Introduction to Short Fiction: Reading Race and Ethnicity
ENGL 2240 Drama: On the Page and on the Stage Plays by August Wilson
ENGL 2260 Literature in Translation +
ENGL 2290 Women and Literature: Women Writers of Color +
ENGL 2290 Women and Literature: Literature and Social Structure
ENGL 3400 Language as Power
FASH 2150 Sociocultural Aspects of Dress +
HIST 1200 Survey of U.S. Political and Social History, 1600-1900
HIST 3250 History of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights in the U.S.
HIST 3560 Women in America to 1920
INDI 2210 Perspectives on Health and Aging +
MUS 2180 World Music
PHIL 3400 Biomedical Ethics
PHIL 3900 Feminist Philosophy
POSC 3300 Haves and Have-Nots
POSC 3350 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict +
SOCI 2150 Challenging Oppressions, Civic Engagement and Change
SOCI 2500 The Sociology of Deviance
SOCI 2700 Social Movements and Social Change
SOCI 3210 Family, Identity and Inequality
SOCI 3250 Cultural Anthropology +
SOCI 3340 American Criminal Justice System
SOCI 3450 Women in a Transnational World +
SOCI 3470 Sociology of the Law
SPAN 3160 Hispanics in the United States
WOST 4850 Senior Seminar

Topics courses are designated in the annual schedule of courses.  Topics courses that have been approved are listed below:

ENGL 4994 The Harlem Renaissance
HIST 2994 History and Geography of the American Southwest
SOCI 2994 Sociology and the Politics of Performance
THEO 4994 Oppression and Liberation in the Bible

+ Denotes global component

Recommended course:
ECON 2200 Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences or PSYC 2050 Statistical Methods in Psychology or MATH 1080 Statistical Analysis

CRST majors fulfill the Writing Requirement for Majors and the fourth writing requirement by completing CRST 2050 and CRST 4850. You fulfill the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with two other courses (CORE 1000 or 2000, CORE 3990).