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Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity Program

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.

Vaughn Rasberry

Vaughn Rasberry

Director of Academic Programs

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 and allow 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.

Major Requirements

In order to earn a B.A. in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, students must select a Subplan (see below for more information) and complete at least 60 units toward the major.

  • 15 Units of Core Curriculum 
  • 3-5 Units of a Methodology Course 
  • 6-10 Units of Interdiciplinary Breadth Courses 
  • 20-25 Units of Subplan-focused Courses
  • 10-16 Units of general CSRE-Focused Courses
  • One Community Engaged Learning Course 

Core Curriculum (15 Units)

Majors must take three CSRE core curriculum courses including, Introduction to Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE 196C), an additional comparative-core course, and the CSRE Senior Seminar (CSRE 200X) taken in Autumn Quarter of their senior year.

Methodology Course (3-5 Units)

Majors are required to take a course focused on research methods relevant to their disciplinary approach as a student in Comparative Studies. Methodology Courses can be found on Explore Courses by using CSRE::Methodology as the search key.

Interdisciplinary Breadth (6-10 Units) 

Majors are required to fulfill the Interdisciplinary Breadth Requirement by taking one course in a Social Science category, and one course in an Arts & Humanities category. Both classes must have a racial component to them. Categories of classes can be found on the School of Humanities & Sciences Bulletin Page.

Subplan (20-25 Units)

Majors are required to complete  subplan-focused courses toward their major. A list of subplans can he found below on this page. For more detailed information, inclusing a list of course associated with each subplan, you can visit the Subplan Page on the Bulletin. 

General CSRE Focus (10-16 Units)

Majors are required to complete their additional courses in CSRE from an approved list. 

Community Engaged Learning

All majors are required to complete at least one service-learning experience. This requirement may be fulfilled by enrolling in a service-learning course, participating in an identity, race, or ethnicity focused service-learning Alternative Spring Break, participating in the Community Based Research Fellowship program, or enrolling in CSRE 198 Internship for Public Service while completing independent service work.

To find a more detailed overview of this major please visit our Bulletin Page.

If you are ready to declare, please visit the How to Declare Page

Minor Requirements

In order to earn a Minor in CSRE, students must complete at least 30 units toward the minor.

  • 5 Units of a Core Curriculum Course (CSRE 196C) 
  • 5 Units of a Major Core Course
  • 20 Units of CSRE Focused Courses

Core Curriculum (5 Units)

Minors must take Intro to CSRE (CSRE 196C). 

Major Core Course (5 Units)

Minors are required to take one major-core course in CSRE.

CSRE Focus (20 Units)

Minors are required to complete their additional courses in CSRE  from an approved list. 

To find a more detailed overview of this minor please visit our Bulletin Page.

If you are ready to declare, please visit the How to Declare Page

CSRE Subplans

Official subplans will be printed on students' transcripts and diplomas upon graduating.

Subplans are intended to provide students a structure that allows for greater coherence within their course of study in CSRE and an opportunity to gain further content knowledge and expertise within a particular area of study.

Education & Inequality

The subplan in Education & Inequality explores history, policy, and practice in education to understand how educational opportunity is shaped by issues of race, ethnicity, and difference. The goal of the subplan is to develop an understanding of the core issues facing educators and policy makers so that students may learn how they can contribute to the social and political discourse surrounding issues of education and opportunity policy in the U.S.

Environmental Justice

The Environmental Justice subplan allows students to expand their awareness of the environment’s significance to various racial and ethnic groups. What is the relationship between certain societies and groups and the environment? What far reaching impacts can the environment have on segments of the population? Water, air, and food are vital necessities impacted by political, economic, and social decisions and actions. Explore the inequalities that affect low-income and communities of color, and work toward just environments for all.

Health & Wellness

The subplan in Health & Wellness is designed for students who are seeking an interdisciplinary exploration of health disparities, health access, and health policy. Through course work, students examine how health experiences are influenced by issues of race and ethnicity.

Identity Diversity Aesthetics

The Identity Diversity Aesthetics subplan is designed for students to explore the intersections of culture, race, the arts, and social transformation. In IDA courses taught by Stanford faculty, lecturers, and distinguished Visiting Artists, students learn how the arts, activism, and the academy interact to produce aesthetic and societal change.

Politics, Policy & Equity

The Politics, Policy & Equity subplan is designed for students who wish to focus on the ways that political institutions, public policy, non-profits and social movements shape and are shaped by race and ethnicity. This subplan allows students the opportunity to examine the ramifications that politics and policy have on society through the lens of race and ethnicity.

Race, Gender & Sexuality

The Race, Gender & Sexuality subplan is designed for students who wish to explore the intersections between race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. This subplan gives students the tools to analyze intersecting aspects of race, gender and sexuality. Students will examine the construction of power systems to better contextualize how certain identities become privileged over others. Students who select this subplan can use courses from a range of departments and programs to come away with a better understanding of how these three kinds of categories shape each other. Drawing from contributions of women of color feminism and queer of color studies, this concentration challenges normative constructions of ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ by equipping students with analytical tools from feminist theory, queer theory, post-colonial theory, critical race theory, and other critical methods.

Race, Space & Belonging

The Race, Space & Belonging subplan allows students to examine issues of immigration, citizenship, empire and expansion, gentrification, segregation, urban, suburban, and rural spaces, human rights, public welfare, social justice and law. Students can take courses from a range of departments and programs to delve deeper into the ways in which race and ethnicity intertwine with access to space, nations, and resources.

Technology & Media

Technology’s impact on society is large and the technology itself changes rapidly. From type, photographs, film and radio, to social media, artificial intelligence and algorithms, students in this subplan will look at the relationship between technology, media, race and ethnicity and the role technology played and continues to play in our society. What lenses can the study of race and ethnicity provide to engineering, computer science, and other STEM disciplines? How can technology be harnessed to actualize a more just and equitable world?

 

For official CSRE policies related to subplans, please see the Bulletin.

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Courses

Autumn
Code Title Instructor Quarter Day & Time
CSRE 103 Intergroup Communication (PSYCH 103) Autumn
2022 - 2023

CSRE 152N Black Music Revealed: Black composers, performers, and themes from the 18th century to the present (MUSIC 35N) Autumn
2022 - 2023

CSRE 5C Human Trafficking: Historical, Legal, and Medical Perspectives (FEMGEN 5C, HISTORY 5C, INTNLREL 5C) Jolluck, K. (PI)
Johnston, H. (TA)
Stock, A. (TA)
Autumn
2022 - 2023
Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM- 2:50 PM
CSRE 11 Introduction to Dance Studies (DANCE 11, FEMGEN 11, TAPS 11) Golomb, S. (PI) Autumn
2022 - 2023
Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM- 3:20 PM
CSRE 21N How to Make a Racist (AFRICAAM 121N, PSYCH 21N) Roberts, S. (PI) Autumn
2022 - 2023
Tuesday Thursday
3:00 PM- 4:20 PM
CSRE 26 Dancing Theories of Race (DANCE 26, TAPS 26) Kimmel, A. (PI) Autumn
2022 - 2023
Tuesday Thursday
9:00 AM- 10:20 AM
CSRE 30 Interrogating Islamophobia Ahmed, A. (PI) Autumn
2022 - 2023
Wednesday
11:30 AM- 12:50 PM
CSRE 55M MMUF Seminar Selznick, L. (PI)
Coates, C. (PI)
Autumn
2022 - 2023
Friday
2:30 PM- 4:20 PM
CSRE 55N Black Panther, Hamilton, Díaz, and Other Wondrous Lives (COMPLIT 55N) Saldivar, J. (PI) Autumn
2022 - 2023
Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM- 11:50 AM
CSRE 103F Intergroup Communication Facilitation (PSYCH 103F, PSYCH 203F) Brown, J. (PI)
Markus, H. (PI)
Seyedi, Z. (PI)
Autumn
2022 - 2023
Tuesday
11:30 AM- 1:20 PM
CSRE 105C Human Trafficking: Historical, Legal, and Medical Perspectives (FEMGEN 105C, HISTORY 105C, HUMRTS 112, INTNLREL 105C) Jolluck, K. (PI)
Johnston, H. (TA)
Stock, A. (TA)
Autumn
2022 - 2023
Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM- 2:50 PM
CSRE 113 Passing: Hidden Identities Onscreen (FEMGEN 112, JEWISHST 112) Branfman, J. (PI) Autumn
2022 - 2023
Monday Wednesday
3:00 PM- 4:20 PM
CSRE 114N Comparative History of Racial & Ethnic Groups in California Anderson, J. (PI) Autumn
2022 - 2023
Thursday
11:30 AM- 1:20 PM
CSRE 118E Heritage, Environment, and Sovereignty in Hawaii (NATIVEAM 118, SUSTAIN 118) Wilcox, M. (PI) Autumn
2022 - 2023

CSRE 150G Performing Race, Gender, and Sexuality (ARTSINST 150G, CSRE 350G, FEMGEN 150G, LIFE 150G, TAPS 150G) Otalvaro, G. (PI) Autumn
2022 - 2023
Wednesday
1:30 PM- 4:20 PM
CSRE 166 African Archive Beyond Colonization (AFRICAAM 187, AFRICAST 117, ARCHLGY 166, CLASSICS 186, CLASSICS 286) Derbew, S. (PI) Autumn
2022 - 2023
Tuesday Thursday
12:00 PM- 1:20 PM
CSRE 180A Foundations of Social Research (SOC 180A, SOC 280A) Hummel, L. (TA)
Stephens, F. (TA)
Kiviat, B. (PI)
Autumn
2022 - 2023
Monday Wednesday
10:30 AM- 12:20 PM
CSRE 190A Public Service and Social Impact: Pathways to Purposeful Careers (ENGLISH 180, INTNLREL 74, POLISCI 74B, PUBLPOL 75B, SOC 190A, SYMSYS 193, URBANST 190A) Litvak, L. (PI)
Garvin, L. (PI)
Brodie, J. (PI)
Pineda Pineda, A. (TA)
Sims, J. (PI)
Autumn
2022 - 2023
Tuesday
4:30 PM- 5:30 PM
CSRE 200X CSRE Senior Seminar Dinh, T. (PI) Autumn
2022 - 2023
Thursday
3:00 PM- 4:20 PM
CSRE 201X CCSRE Honors Seminar Atura Bushnell, A. (PI) Autumn
2022 - 2023
Thursday
3:00 PM- 4:20 PM
CSRE 224 Asian American Racialization in Education (ASNAMST 224, EDUC 224) Park, E. (PI) Autumn
2022 - 2023
Wednesday
1:30 PM- 4:20 PM
CSRE 245 Understanding Racial and Ethnic Identity Development (AFRICAAM 245, EDUC 245, PSYCH 245A) Zamora, T. (TA)
LaFromboise, T. (PI)
Autumn
2022 - 2023
Thursday
1:30 PM- 4:20 PM
CSRE 264S Race, Gender, Justice (COMPLIT 264T, FEMGEN 264S, TAPS 264S) Menon, J. (PI) Autumn
2022 - 2023
Thursday
9:30 AM- 11:20 AM
CSRE 301A Graduate Workshop: Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity Atura Bushnell, A. (PI)
Moya, P. (PI)
Autumn
2022 - 2023
Tuesday
12:00 PM- 1:20 PM
CSRE 340 (Re)Meditating Systems Change: Disability, Language & Difference (EDUC 440, PEDS 240) Jaquith, A. (PI)
Handy, T. (PI)
Kozleski, E. (PI)
Autumn
2022 - 2023
Tuesday
3:00 PM- 5:50 PM
CSRE 350G Performing Race, Gender, and Sexuality (ARTSINST 150G, CSRE 150G, FEMGEN 150G, LIFE 150G, TAPS 150G) Otalvaro, G. (PI) Autumn
2022 - 2023
Wednesday
1:30 PM- 4:20 PM
Spring
Code Title Instructor Quarter Day & Time
CSRE 51Q Comparative Fictions of Ethnicity (AMSTUD 51Q, COMPLIT 51Q) Palumbo-Liu, D. (PI) Spring
2022 - 2023

CSRE 58 Mapping Racial Justice Spring
2022 - 2023
Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM- 2:50 PM
CSRE 85B Jews in the Contemporary World: Culture, Pop Culture, and Representation (HISTORY 85B, JEWISHST 85B, REES 85B) Szymkow, B. (PI) Spring
2022 - 2023
Monday Wednesday Friday
12:30 PM- 1:20 PM
CSRE 102C History of World Cinema III: Queer Cinema around the World (ARTHIST 164, ARTHIST 364, CSRE 302C, FEMGEN 100C, FILMEDIA 100C, FILMEDIA 300C, GLOBAL 193, GLOBAL 390, TAPS 100C, TAPS 300C) Holton, D. (TA)
Iyer, U. (PI)
Spring
2022 - 2023
Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM- 2:50 PM
CSRE 103B Race, Ethnicity, and Linguistic Diversity in Classrooms: Sociocultural Theory and Practices (AFRICAAM 106, EDUC 103B, EDUC 337) Artiles, A. (PI) Spring
2022 - 2023
Wednesday
9:30 AM- 11:20 AM
CSRE 106A A.I.-Activism-Art (ARTHIST 168A, ENGLISH 106A, SYMSYS 168A) Elam, M. (PI)
Utterback, C. (PI)
Spring
2022 - 2023
Wednesday
3:00 PM- 5:50 PM
CSRE 108X The Changing Face of America (EDUC 108, POLISCI 226A) Steyer, J. (PI) Spring
2022 - 2023
Monday
5:30 PM- 7:20 PM
CSRE 121 Discourse of the Colonized: Native American and Indigenous Voices (NATIVEAM 121) Red Shirt, D. (PI) Spring
2022 - 2023
Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM- 11:50 AM
CSRE 126C Ethics and Leadership in Public Service (EDUC 126A, ETHICSOC 79, URBANST 126A) Lobo, K. (PI) Spring
2022 - 2023
Monday Wednesday
3:00 PM- 4:20 PM
CSRE 133E Literature and Society in Africa and the Caribbean (AFRICAAM 133, AFRICAST 132, COMPLIT 133A, COMPLIT 233A, FRENCH 133, JEWISHST 143) Seck, F. (PI) Spring
2022 - 2023

CSRE 141R Between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, JR.: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Freedom (AFRICAAM 221, AMSTUD 141X, HISTORY 151M, POLISCI 126, RELIGST 141) Lai, E. (TA)
Carroll, N. (TA)
Martin, L. (PI)
Spring
2022 - 2023

CSRE 142C Challenging the Status Quo: Social Entrepreneurs Advancing Democracy, Development and Justice (AFRICAST 142, AFRICAST 242, INTNLREL 142, URBANST 135) Kelly, K. (PI) Spring
2022 - 2023

CSRE 162 The Politics of Sex: Gender, Race, and Sex in Modern American Women's History (AMSTUD 161, FEMGEN 61, FEMGEN 161, HISTORY 61, HISTORY 161) Iker, T. (PI) Spring
2022 - 2023
Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM- 11:50 AM
CSRE 172 Until We Free Us: Transformative Art-Practices for Engaging Community (TAPS 172) Holt, A. (PI)
Smith, A. (PI)
Spring
2022 - 2023
Wednesday
4:30 PM- 6:20 PM
CSRE 185B Jews in the Contemporary World:  Culture, Pop Culture, and Representation (HISTORY 185B, JEWISHST 185B, REES 185B, SLAVIC 183) Szymkow, B. (PI) Spring
2022 - 2023
Monday Wednesday Friday
12:30 PM- 1:20 PM
CSRE 194KTA Topics in Writing & Rhetoric: Racism, Misogyny, and the Law (FEMGEN 194, HISTORY 261C, PWR 194KTA) Tarr, K. (PI) Spring
2022 - 2023

CSRE 201L Doing Public History (HISTORY 200L) Jolluck, K. (PI) Spring
2022 - 2023
Monday Wednesday
3:00 PM- 4:20 PM
CSRE 202 Moving the Message: Reading and embodying the works of bell hooks (AFRICAAM 201, AFRICAST 202, DANCE 122, ENGLISH 287) Smith, A. (PI) Spring
2022 - 2023

CSRE 230A Digital Civil Society (AFRICAAM 230A, COMM 230A) Nothias, T. (PI) Spring
2022 - 2023

CSRE 253C Histories of Racial Capitalism (AFRICAAM 257, HISTORY 253C) Jenkins, D. (PI) Spring
2022 - 2023

CSRE 300 Theory and Methods in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (ENGLISH 300A) Kim, D. (PI) Spring
2022 - 2023

CSRE 301C Graduate Workshop: Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity Moya, P. (PI) Spring
2022 - 2023
Tuesday
12:00 PM- 1:20 PM
CSRE 302C History of World Cinema III: Queer Cinema around the World (ARTHIST 164, ARTHIST 364, CSRE 102C, FEMGEN 100C, FILMEDIA 100C, FILMEDIA 300C, GLOBAL 193, GLOBAL 390, TAPS 100C, TAPS 300C) Holton, D. (TA)
Iyer, U. (PI)
Spring
2022 - 2023
Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM- 2:50 PM
CSRE 372 African American Child and Adolescent Mental Health: An Ecological Approach (EDUC 372, PSYCH 261) Saleem, F. (PI) Spring
2022 - 2023
Thursday
3:00 PM- 5:50 PM
Summer
Code Title Instructor Quarter Day & Time
CSRE 11SC Who Belongs at Stanford? Discussions of a Different Sort of Education (COMPLIT 15SC) Palumbo-Liu, D. (PI) Summer
2022 - 2023

CSRE 133P Ethics and Politics in Public Service (POLISCI 133Z, PUBLPOL 103Z, URBANST 122Z) Coyne, B. (PI)
Cloward, J. (TA)
Summer
2022 - 2023

Winter
Code Title Instructor Quarter Day & Time
CSRE 30Q The Big Shift (ANTHRO 31Q) Winter
2022 - 2023

CSRE 47Q Heartfulness: Mindfulness, Compassion, and Responsibility (LIFE 185Q) Winter
2022 - 2023

CSRE 190A Public Service and Social Impact: Pathways to Purposeful Careers (ENGLISH 180, INTNLREL 74, POLISCI 74B, PUBLPOL 75B, SOC 190A, SYMSYS 193, URBANST 190A) Winter
2022 - 2023

CSRE 31 Contemporary Islam & Muslims in the United States (AFRICAAM 135A, AMSTUD 135X, CSRE 135, GLOBAL 137, RELIGST 135) Ahmed, A. (PI) Winter
2022 - 2023
Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM- 11:50 AM
CSRE 42 Spoken Word Poetry and Resistance: 1990's-Present (AFRICAAM 60) Holt, A. (PI) Winter
2022 - 2023
Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM- 2:50 PM
CSRE 43 Theater and Social Justice: Skills for Rethinking Everything (AFRICAAM 61, TAPS 61) Holt, A. (PI) Winter
2022 - 2023
Monday
2:30 PM- 5:20 PM
CSRE 50S Nineteenth Century America (AFRICAAM 50B, HISTORY 50B) Olivarius, K. (PI) Winter
2022 - 2023
Monday Wednesday
10:30 AM- 11:50 AM
CSRE 74 History of South Africa (AFRICAAM 47, HISTORY 47) Campbell, J. (PI) Winter
2022 - 2023
Monday Wednesday
10:30 AM- 11:50 AM
CSRE 108 Introduction to Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (AMSTUD 107, FEMGEN 101, TAPS 108) Crandall, M. (PI)
Cruz, M. (PI)
Winter
2022 - 2023
Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM- 2:50 PM
CSRE 142 The Literature of the Americas (AMSTUD 142, COMPLIT 142) Robalino, M. (PI)
Saldivar, R. (PI)
Winter
2022 - 2023

CSRE 150S Nineteenth Century America (AFRICAAM 150B, AMSTUD 150B, HISTORY 150B) Olivarius, K. (PI) Winter
2022 - 2023
Monday Wednesday
10:30 AM- 11:50 AM
CSRE 151C Ethical STEM: Race, Justice, and Embodied Practice (AFRICAAM 151, STS 51D, SYMSYS 151D, TAPS 151D) Robinson, A. (PI)
Ayoola, F. (TA)
Winter
2022 - 2023

CSRE 152N Black Music Revealed: Black composers, performers, and themes from the 18th century to the present (MUSIC 35N) Phillips, P. (PI) Winter
2022 - 2023
Monday Wednesday Friday
3:30 PM- 4:20 PM
CSRE 156 The Changing American City (SOC 156A, SOC 256A, URBANST 156A) Hwang, J. (PI) Winter
2022 - 2023
Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM- 11:50 AM
CSRE 173 Still Waters Run Deep, Troubling The Archive with filmmaking and photography (AFRICAAM 173) burrell, a. (PI) Winter
2022 - 2023

CSRE 174 History of South Africa (AFRICAAM 147, HISTORY 147) Campbell, J. (PI) Winter
2022 - 2023
Monday Wednesday
10:30 AM- 11:50 AM
CSRE 196C Introduction to Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (ENGLISH 172D, PSYCH 155, SOC 146, TAPS 165) Rosa, J. (PI) Winter
2022 - 2023

CSRE 226D The Holocaust: Insights from New Research (CSRE 326D, HISTORY 226D, HISTORY 326D, JEWISHST 226E, JEWISHST 326D) Naimark, N. (PI)
Jolluck, K. (PI)
Winter
2022 - 2023
Tuesday
1:30 PM- 4:20 PM
CSRE 265 Crossing the Atlantic: Race and Identity in the "Old" and "New" African Diasporas (AFRICAAM 264, COMPLIT 264, FRENCH 264) Seck, F. (PI) Winter
2022 - 2023
Monday Wednesday
9:30 AM- 10:50 AM
CSRE 292 Education for Liberation: A History of African American Education, 1800 to the Present (EDUC 392) Hines, M. (PI) Winter
2022 - 2023
Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM- 3:20 PM
CSRE 301B Graduate Workshop: Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity Atura Bushnell, A. (PI) Winter
2022 - 2023
Tuesday
12:00 PM- 1:20 PM
CSRE 326D The Holocaust: Insights from New Research (CSRE 226D, HISTORY 226D, HISTORY 326D, JEWISHST 226E, JEWISHST 326D) Naimark, N. (PI)
Jolluck, K. (PI)
Winter
2022 - 2023
Tuesday
1:30 PM- 4:20 PM
CSRE 385 Race, Ethnicity, and Language: Pedagogical Possibilities (AFRICAAM 389C, EDUC 389C) Banks, A. (PI) Winter
2022 - 2023
Tuesday Thursday
3:00 PM- 4:20 PM