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Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

Core Courses 

Choose One Theory/Social Movements Course:

Choose One Research Methods Course:

Concentration Electives

Students must choose four elective courses in an area of concentration. Electives are defined as either 400-level courses or up to two 300-level courses in departments including but not limited to African and Black Diaspora Studies, English, Global Asian Studies, History, International Studies, Islamic World Studies, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, LGBTQ Studies, Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies, and courses in the College of Communication. These courses should be chosen in consultation with the CES director or final project advisor.

Final Project Requirements

Students are asked to complete a final project, one that will represent a culmination of the student’s work in the program. All projects will consist of a rigorous piece of writing, either reflective, analytical, or expository. This piece of writing will draw upon the writing intensive skills developed in all their coursework. Final project options are as follows:

  1. ​An original research thesis of up to 50–80 pages on a topic agreed upon by the student's committee. The thesis may be comparative or focus on a single ethnic or racialized group through the use of intersectional methodologies.

  2. A portfolio of three high-quality essays completed during the program, which are curated and linked together by a 20-page narrative setting out the intellectual rationale for their compilation.

  3. A completed internship with a community organization in order to gain practical experience and a 20-page essay reflecting on the links between the student's intellectual work and practical work experience.

  4. An original creative project and a 15-20 page framing paper, in which the student describes, critically frames, and reflects on the creative project.


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