Race and ethnicity studies is an interdisciplinary major devoted to the critical examination of race and ethnicity, with particular emphasis on the social construction of these concepts and their comparative evolutions in different societies.

The program of study facilitates students’ critical analysis of how race and ethnicity intersect with conceptions of gender, nation, religion, sexuality, age, and class. Complementing the College’s dedication to global awareness and inquiry, the program connects race and ethnicity to the creation of local, national, and global systems of inequality. Both inside and outside of the classroom, the program fosters an exchange of ideas about identity, multiculturalism, and diversity. Via a multidisciplinary program structure, students examine how various academic disciplines conceive of race and ethnicity and how their approaches differ, inform, and ultimately complement one another. A substantial original research project is required.