Examine Race and Ethnicity Across Perspectives and Disciplines

The critical race and ethnic studies minor explores race and ethnicity within many social, political and historical contexts. Pairing this in-depth knowledge with nearly any major can better prepare you for careers in science, technology, business, law, government, public policy, nonprofits, the arts and more.


Gain new perspectives on yourself and the world through the study of race and ethnicity at DU

Explore the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Minor

The Value of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

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    Examine race and ethnicity as active processes in the distribution of power, construction of identity and shaping of community

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    Discover how race and ethnicity intersect with other identities, such as gender, sexuality, class, religion, national origin and citizenship

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    Explore the lived experiences and contributions of racially minoritized populations in the United States and around the world, through historical and contemporary perspectives

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    Develop the cultural competency needed to flourish in diverse, collaborative environments

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    Think critically across disciplines and investigate what equity and inclusivity mean in today's global society

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    Practice critical methodologies through service-learning, internship and study abroad courses that help you become a more ethically engaged citizen

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    Understand race and ethnicity from many perspectives by taking classes in Anthropology; Art and Art History; Communication Studies; Economics; Emergent Digital Practices; English and Literary Arts; Gender and Women's Studies; History; International Studies; Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Media, Film and Journalism Studies; Music; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Religious Studies; Sociology and Criminology; and Spanish Language, Literary & Cultural Studies

Featured Courses

RLGS 3453: Black Liberation Theologies

This course discusses the many strands of liberation theology in the United States, including Womanist theology. In addition to black liberation theology’s methodologies and its challenges to the theological discipline, we explore the origins and development of theological discourse in the late 1960s during the later part of the Civil Rights Movement and the emergence of the Black Power Movement. The course also explores how liberation theologies attempt to deal with the problems of race, class and gender. Students are introduced to theological construction in African American communities and analyze the similarities and differences between these theological constructions.

SOC 2701(2): Deportation Nation

Students in this course engage in a scholarly analysis situated in the historical, social and political processes that have informed contemporary immigration law and policy, particularly the shift to enhanced enforcement, detention and mass deportation. Students connect theory to lived experience through community-engaged learning at Casa de Paz, a center which offers food, shelter, transportation and support to immigrants who have been released from detention. Ultimately, students will leave the course with a nuanced perspective about the structural and global forces guiding these developments, and understand why some describe the U.S. not as a country of laws or immigrants but as a deportation nation. 


HIST 2531: Twentieth Century Native American History

This class reviews Native history from the late 19th century to the present, focusing on the interplay between large institutions and structures – such as federal and state governments, or the US legal system – and the lived, local experience of tribal communities. The major themes followed throughout the course of the semester include: place, space and indigeneity (indigenous identity).