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Anti-Racist Studies

Bachelor of Arts

Effective Fall 2022, there will be no admission to the program for current and prospective students as this program is on administrative hold until the forthcoming program, Inequality Studies, becomes available for admission in the 2023-2024 academic year.

The major in Anti-Racist Studies provides students with the interdisciplinary study of narratives and the application of the practice of Anti-Racism. Working across a set of four focus areas, students unpack, measure, and interrogate the deep and abiding impact that notions of race have made on society. Students investigate the experiences, expressions, and possibilities—voiced and embodied, principally, by people of color— that emerge from an ongoing struggle with white supremacist ideology. Building on these studies, students will engage Anti-Racist practices to identify and repair harm done by racism in their own thinking and in the structures and actions of their communities.

Students intending to major in Anti-Racist Studies are encouraged to select a faculty advisor in their area of interest. In addition, Anti-Racist majors are encouraged to undertake a disciplinary minor or second major to develop an area of specialization, which will help focus the application of these studies.

Integrative Studies Requirements

40 credits minimum

Major Requirements

40 credits

Foundation Course

4 credits

Choose one:

  • IHAMST 140 What Is American Studies?
  • IIPSYC 172 An Introduction to Restorative Justice
  • IIWGS 101 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

Threshold Courses

12 credits

Choose one class in Voices and Experiences of Colonized Peoples:

  • IHAMST 248 Introduction to Indigenous Cultures of the Americas
  • IHENG 240 Readings in American Literature

Choose one class in Race in Culture and Society:

  • IIENST 150 Global Environmental Change
  • ISENST 203 Globalization Culture & Place
  • ISPOSC 210 United States Politics
  • ISPH 285 Health in Society
  • IHWGS 290 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
  • IIWGS 240 Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Pop Culture

Choose one class in Decolonizing Land and Society:

  • IIAMST 250 Interpreting American Cultures
  • IHCOMM 250 Rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement
  • IIWGS 235 Approaches to Latinidades

Capstone Core Course

4 credits

Choose one:

  • AMST 495 Seminar
  • PSYC 425 Psychology of Women
  • WGS 495 Capstone in Women’s and Gender Studies

Upper-Level Electives

20 credits

Choose one class in Voices of Colonized Peoples:

  • ENG 345 Studies in African American Literature
  • ENG 347 American Indian Writers and their Cultures
  • IHHIST 371 Africans in the Colonial Atlantic World
  • HIST 360 Natives and Newcomers in North America: 1500-1766

Choose one class in Race in Culture and Society:

  • COMM 360 Rhetoric Post Civil Rights Era
  • IHHIST 372 Gender and Power in Early North America 1600-1800
  • HIST 362 American Slavery/American Capitalism 1787-1848
  • PSYC 321 Culture and Psychology
  • WGS 303 Latina Feminist Theories

Choose one class in Decolonizing Land and Society:

  • AMST 490 Advanced Special Topics
  • ENST 353 Restoration Ecology
  • IIWGS 300 Critical Ethnic Studies
  • WGS 301 Transnational Feminist Theories

Choose one class in Activism:

  • ISENST 382 Environmental Advocacy
  • ISPOSC 318 Law and Policy
  • WGS 497 Internship

Elective: Choose one additional class from one of the topic areas listed above.


Select additional courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.

Degree Requirements

120 credits
40 credits at the upper-level