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About CSRE

About Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity

The first degree in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity was conferred in 1998. There was only one CSRE B.A. degree and one CSRE minor granted that year. The following year, 17 students earned B.A.s in CSRE, and each of the existing programs in the CSRE Family of Programs (Asian American Studies, [then] Chicana/o Studies, and Native American Studies) each conferred at least one B.A. and one minor to graduating students. Since that time, the CSRE Family of Programs has granted bachelors degrees and minors to over 450 students.

The CSRE major itself has evolved over the years. As a program, CSRE intends to cultivate in students a knowledgeable understanding of race and ethnicity, how these categories are, and have been, formed throughout history, and most importantly how they affect the daily lives of individuals and communities in the United States and across the world.

CSRE Student receiving an honors cord at graduation, wearing a cape that says "Serve the People"

While the aspirations of the CSRE program are quite clear, the paths that students take en route to these understandings are open and flexible. With concentrations such as Race & Health; Identity, Diversity & Aesthetics; Education, Access & Equity; Intersectionality, and more, students are free to work with both faculty and staff to develop a course of study that will meet the learning goals of the CSRE program andallow students to gain further knowledge of self by exploring their passions and interests.

The CSRE Program works to encourage and support students along their intellectual and intrapersonal journies while at Stanford. It is the hope of the program that CSRE alumnae will use the knowledge, perspective, and wisdom gained during their undergraduate carrer to positively impact the world in whichever sector, profession, or pursuit one continues on to after graduating.

If you are interested in pursuing a CSRE degree, please see our How To Declare page, reach out to the CSRE Student Services Specialist, Jordan Gray (, or contact the CSRE Peer Mentors.


American Diversity

Investigate how American domestic and foreign policy, law, history, culture and society are formed within conversations, debates, politics and studies

Education, Access & Equity

Learn how issues of race, ethnicity, and difference shape educational opportunity. Explore core issues facing educators and policy makers that impact education and opportunity policy in the U.S.

Identity, Diversity & Aesthetics

The American Dream Is A Lie, by artist, Faviana Rodriguez

Learn how to expand one’s artistic practices and work towards achieving greater cultural awareness and value on issues of race and diversity at Stanford and surrounding communities

The Institute for Diversity in the Arts, and Executive Director, Jeff Chang, work closely with students who concentrate in Identity, Diversity & Aesthetics, and provide many opportunities for further engagement and advising


Explore the intersections between race and ethnicity and other social identities such as gender, sexuality, class, and ability. In this concentration, students will examine the construction of power systems and hegemony, as well as investigate how notions of racial and ethnic identity are complicated by gender, sexuality, and other categories.

Social Movements, Leadership & Public Service

Learn how to work with and within diverse communities, consider strategies for leadership and social change, and contribute in meaningful ways to local communities

Race & the American City

Understand how cities embody negotiations around resources, residence, financial districting, economic flow, health and education resources, environmental policies, and city planning

Race & Health

Pursue an interdisciplinary exploration of health disparities, health access, and health policy. Examine how health experiences are influenced by issues of race and ethnicity

Self-Designed Concentration

For students with an interest that doesn’t fit easily within the existing concentrations. Examples might include the intersections of race and environmental policies/practice, race and the law, literary representations, mixed race experiences, or race, gender, and sexuality. Self-designed concentrations must be developed with a faculty advisor