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Critical Race & Ethnic Studies (CRES) at St. John’s University is a home for cutting-edge research and critical pedagogy on contemporary and historical structural and social inequalities, international migration, economic globalization, healthcare systems, legal and carceral structures, colonialism, and empire. CRES provides students with rigorous training in methods of critical inquiry that are relevant to the most pressing social, political, and cultural challenges we face in the 21st century and their historical antecedents.
CRES faculty members are a diverse community of socially engaged scholars with expertise in the fields of Critical Race & Ethnic Studies across the Humanities, Social Sciences, the Arts, Law, Education, and the Natural and Health Sciences. Underlying the CRES curriculum is a commitment to generating transformative knowledge about the dynamics of social power and inequity, the social implications of cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity, and the ethical mandates of equity and social justice.
Critical Race & Ethnic Studies focuses on social justice issues that are shaped by race, ethnicity, class, dis/ability, gender, sexuality, and other contemporary and historical forms of group differentiation. It also looks to the political struggles of systematically and structurally marginalized people in exploring innovative strategies for social transformative action.
Critical Race & Ethnic Studies prides itself on the diversity of its students, faculty, and staff, all of whom are committed to academic excellence in teaching and research, and to providing programming and mentorship that advances our university’s Vincentian mission to be a model of diversity, inclusion, social justice, and equity.
The Critical Race & Ethnic Studies Minor requires that students complete 15 credits.
CRES 1000: Introduction to Critical Race and Ethnic StudiesCRES 2000: Methodologies in Critical Race and Ethnic StudiesCRES 4995: Capstone Seminar in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
CRES 3000: Anti-Blackness around the GlobeCRES 3050: Comparative Racializations: Blackness, Indigeneity, Asianness, and LatinidadCRES 3510: BIPOC Feminist Science & Technology StudiesCRES 3410: Racial Capitalism and Political EconomyCRES 4999: Internship/Externship
ENG 3845: Black Women’s RhetoricsENG 3640: Vernacular LiteratureENG 3650: Caribbean LiteratureENG 3560: American Ethnic LiteraturesENG 3760: Writing as Social ActionENG 3420: Race and EnvironmentENG 3645: Comparative Migration Literature
HIS 3375: Asian American HistoryHIS 3711: African American History to 1900HIS 3712: African American History Since 1900
ART 1830: Racism in Film
MUS 1300: History of JazzMUS 1210: American Popular Music in the 20th/21st Century
PHI 3750: The Philosophy of Race
PSY 2230: Psychology of the African American Experience
RCT 2100: Transnational Feminist Rhetoric
SOC 2450: Sociology of the Black ExperienceSOC 2230: The Sociology of Latino/as in the U.S.SOC 2350: Social Construction of Race in the Americas
THE 3245: Liberation TheologiesTHE 3255: Race and Religion in the U.S.
Dr. Natalie P. Byfield
CRES Founding Assistant Director
Rev. Dr. Jean-Pierre Ruiz, Assistant Director
Dr. Manouchkathe Cassagnol
Dr. Raj Chetty
Dr. Jeremy Cruz
Dr. Robert Rivera
Dr. Anthony Rodriguez
Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls
Dr. Elda Tsou
Critical Race & Ethnic Studies Founding DirectorDr. Natalie P. Byfield
Founding Director and Professor of Sociology
Only academic programs approved by NYSED are eligible for federal and state aid: NYS Inventory of Registered Programs http://www.nysed.gov/heds/IRPSL1.html. Minors are not recognized by NYSED therefore associated courses are only eligible for federal or state aid consideration when required by a major or when also used to satisfy a core or general elective requirement.