Ph.D. Minor in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity


The Ph.D. minor in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity provides graduate students pursuing Doctoral Degree’s broad interdisciplinary knowledge in the field and prepares them to teach courses in the subject. The goal of the program is to bring together graduate students and faculty from different departments, programs, and schools  to learn about how to think about race and ethnicity in their research.

The purpose of the Ph.D. minor in CSRE is to promote and deepen the understanding of participating Stanford graduate students in the multiple meanings of racial and ethnic diversity in the United States and abroad. The Ph.D. minor takes an interdisciplinary approach to interrogating the ways that race and ethnicity operate in the U.S. and/or across the globe. It also explores the ways that traditional disciplines study individuals, cultures, institutions, and policy with respect to personal and group identity, speaking to how they are shaped by often conflicting social  perspectives. Its purpose is to provide participating students with the knowledge and conceptual frameworks needed to continue meaningful work on a broad array of issues in the field of race and ethnicity studies.

Degree Requirements

Per University requirements, all coursework must be at the 200 level. Units taken for the minor can be counted as part of the overall Ph.D. residency requirement, consisting of 135 units of graduate coursework. They may not be used to also meet the requirements for a master’s degree.

To receive the Ph.D. Minor in CSRE, participating graduate students are expected to attain the minimum of 20 units required by University policy. Specifically, students must fulfill the following coursework requirements:


  1. CSRE 300 Theory and Methods for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (Spring 2021)
  2. A second approved Theory course, such as:
    • ANTHRO 320A Race, Ethnicity, and Language: Racial, Ethnic, and Linguistic Formations (CSRE 389A, EDUC 389A, LINGUIST 253)
    • CSRE 245 Understanding Racial and Ethnic Identity Development (EDUC 245)
    • TAPS 314 Performing Identities
    • EDUC 337 Race, Ethnicity, and Linguistic Diversity in Classrooms: Sociocultural Theory and Practices
    • LAW 7016 Critical Race Theory
    • RELIGST 346 Constructing Race and Religion in America (CSRE 246, HISTORY 356G)
    • SOC 350 Sociology of Race
  3. Two electives in graduate-level courses, one of which may be from the student’s home department/school. (A list of possible electives will be posted here shortly.)
  4. CSRE 301, a three quarter seminar (1 unit each) focusing on research, pedagogy, community engagement, and career pathways. (begins Autumn 2021)

How to Declare

Informational forms will not be reviewed until Spring 2021.

For more information, contact Byron Barahona  at [bdbaraho (at) stanford (dot) edu].