Explore the social, political, and cultural dimensions of race, power, and resistance. Gain the perspectives and skills to create a more just society.
For students interested in understanding social inequalities, systemic racism, and what we can do about it.
The goal of the Race, Power, and Resistance major is to provide students with an option to study concepts, methodologies, and histories related to race, power, and resistance from an interdisciplinary and intersectional perspective. This major has an unapologetic focus on race and power inequalities in the U.S. and the diaspora. It is enhanced by a rich array of interdisciplinary course offerings that is unified by a coherent conceptual core.
Students enrolled in the major take three core courses, one area studies course, one methodology course, and 20 credits’ worth of electives within the major.
Two Interesting Courses
CSCR 12300 Introduction to Culture, Race & Ethnicity Concepts
Introduces students to key concepts in culture, race, and ethnicity studies. Drawing from cultural studies, comparative ethnic studies, and gender and sexuality studies, it investigates how racial and ethnic identity politics shape institutional and social policies, cultural expressions and aesthetics, and resistance movements. Particular attention will be paid to the ways communities of color have negotiated oppression, generated knowledge, and secured dignity and self-determination.
CSCR 26100 Watching Race in American Media
Explores how representations of racial and ethnic identities in U.S. film, television, and music influence the construction of political, racial, and gender identities nationally. Investigates how cultural representations of race, ethnicity, and gender are central to the development of U.S. mass culture and consumerism, nationalism, citizenship, and social movements. Particular attention is given to the role of black and Latino/a culture and music in developing strategies of resistance to oppression.
Five Possible Complementary Minors at Ithaca College
While students can choose to minor in any of the four minors offered by the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, students might also choose one of the following complementary minors:
Unique Opportunities within the Major
The major is housed in the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, whose mission is:
The Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (CSCRE) delivers a curriculum focused primarily on African-, Latino/a-, Asian-, and Native-American (ALANA) people in the United States, who are usually marginalized, under-represented and/ or misrepresented in the normative curriculum. CSCRE also fosters critical dialogues on race through its Discussion Series which brings several speakers, artists, and performers to Ithaca each year. This dual focus is meant to help students develop a comprehensive understanding of the multiracial and polycultural world in which we live.
Sample Similar Programs
- Colorado State University: Ethnic Studies Major, Concentration in Global Race, Power, & Resistance
- Texas Christian University: Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Major and Minor
- University of California, Merced: Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Major and Minor