Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, B.A.

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Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) is an interdisciplinary field of study that seeks to understand the ways society is culturally and institutionally constituted by ideas of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and nation. The program provides an innovative, multidisciplinary paradigm that employs global (Western and non-Western), relational, and intersectional methods for producing knowledge about power and inequality, including systems of knowledge that have emerged from racialized and indigenous communities. In using race, ethnicity, and indigeneity as ideological frameworks, CRES aims to scrutinize cultures of power and domination as well as highlight and imagine struggles for liberation and self-determination.

UC Merced Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Program

With outstanding faculty who already teach in programs across campus, undergraduates in the CRES program have a valuable opportunity to create a course of study that gives them strong theoretical grounding and a wide range of topics to explore. Students will engage in a multidisciplinary and supportive academic environment. Critical Race and Ethnic Studies is an exciting and valuable degree that prepares students to enter the workforce as informed citizens in a diverse and challenging society. The major offers a strong liberal arts education for students considering admission to graduate or professional schools and careers in education, law, medicine, public health, social work, counseling, journalism, business, city planning, politics, psychology, international relations, creative writing, and the arts.

What Can You Do With A Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Degree?

  • Annual Job Openings in CA: 332
  • 10-year projected job market growth:16.2%
  • Median wage in California: $87,605

Upon graduation, you might become:

  • Project Management Specialist
  • Program Coordinator
  • K-12 Teacher
  • Operations Manager
  • Communications Manager
  • Media Programming Director
  • Human Resources Specialists
  • HR Analyst
  • Community Services Director
  • Social Services Director