Critical Mixed Race Studies Minor

Program Scope

The Critical Mixed Race Studies (CMRS) minor is a multidisciplinary program that provides undergraduate students with academic approaches to the histories, experiences, and cultures of mixed heritage, mixed race, and transnational adoptee individuals, families, and communities. CMRS courses address mono-racialization within the structure of racial hierarchies; historical and contemporary constructions of mixed race within legal, scientific, and cultural spheres nationally and transnationally; the mutability of race and the porosity of racial boundaries in order to critique processes of racialization and racialized social stratification through colonialism and imperialism (e.g. mestizaje, mestiƈagem, métissage, mischling, blood quantum, etc.); and the determined refusal of mono-racialization by multiple mixed heritage, mixed race, and transnational adoptee individuals, families, and communities. The CMRS curriculum takes into account the critical role of transnational globalization processes in creating shared oppressions and coalitional resistance for mixed heritage, mixed race, and transnational adoptee people.

Minor in Critical Mixed Race Studies

The minor consists of 18 units of undergraduate study. Mandatory courses are one introductory course (ETHS 110); three courses, no more than one from each of the Ethnic Focus sections (A through D).  One course is to be selected from the Comparative section. One of the applied courses (teaching, field research or internship, special study) fulfills the remaining three units needed for the minor. Additional courses may count towards the minor with advisor approval

Total Units for Minor: 18

Introductory Course (3 units)

ETHS 110: Critical Thinking in the Ethnic Studies Experience

Ethnic Focus (9 units)

Choose three courses, no more than one from each of the sections A through D)

Section A: Asian American Studies

AAS 301: Asian Americans of Mixed Heritage
AAS 330: Nikkei in the United States

Section B: American Indian Studies

AIS 350/AFRS 350/LTNS 355: Black-Indians in the US

Section C: Latina/Latino Studies

LTNS 380 Afro/Latina/o Diasporas
LTNS 278: History of Latinos in the U.S

Section D: Africana Studies

AFRS 401: Pan African Black Psychology: A North American, South American and Caribbean Comparison

Comparative (3 units

Choose one course from the following)

RRS 625: Mixed Race Studies
AAS 522: Transracial Adoptee Experience

Applied Courses (at least 3 units; choose one from below; must be with CMRS Faculty)

ETHS 685: Projects in Teaching Critical Mixed Race Studies (must be for CMRS program course)
ETHS 697: Field Research or Internship in Critical Mixed Race Studies

ETHS 699: Special Study

No more than two courses can be taken credit/no credit for the minor. Students must have maintained at least a 2.0 grade point average in minor courses. Consistent with current University policy, courses for meeting the requirements of this minor may, as appropriate, be used simultaneously for meeting general education or credential requirements, including the requirement for complementary studies. Written declaration of the pursuit of the minor is not necessary prior to enrollment in any of its required or elective courses. Students should try to complete ETHS 110 before taking any further courses in the minor (may be taken concurrently). At least half of all courses towards the minor degree must be upper-division.

Link to Bulletin entry for Critical Mixed Race Studies

To declare the minor:

Download and print the minor declaration form.

Write in Critical Mixed Race Studies minor. Beginning in Fall 2019, the new minor declaration form will list Critical Pacific Islands and Oceania Studies as an option in the pull-down menu.

Bring your form for approval and signature to one of the following. We will file the form with the Registrar's Office for you.

  • Student Engagement Center
  • Associate Dean at the College of Ethnic Studies