College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Critical Ethnic Studies
CES M.A. student, Whitney Spencer delivering her TEDx talk on "Reimagining the Intellectual." (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)
Congratulations to 2018 graduates Kayla Carter and Jamie Corliss and faculty and alumni who supported them
DePaul University's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to offer the first graduate program in Critical Ethnic Studies - a new and exciting field that utilizes Chicago as a living classroom.
Master of Arts in Critical Ethnic Studies prepares students for advanced analysis of race and ethnicity in an urban and global context. It provides an interdisciplinary approach to the studies of systematic marginalization of racialized minorities. It also looks at how racialized groups respond to and counter these forces through art, culture, political organization and other forms of social citizenship.
This program uses an interdisciplinary social justice perspective to critique global and local configurations of power. We emphasize social justice and transformation while focusing on U.S.
ethno-racial populations through an intersectional, transnational, and urban framework. Students apply critical theories to complex social and cultural issues. The program consists of a combination of core courses and electives from across the university. The Critical Ethnic Studies final project may be comparative or focus on a single ethnic or racialized group through the use of intersectional methodologies.
The Critical Ethnic Studies program acknowledges that we are guests on this land, the traditional homelands of the Three Fires Confederacy: Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi; and also the Myaamia, Inoka, Ho-Chunk, and Menominee. We offer our respect and gratitude to the many original peoples that still reside here.
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