Race, Power, and Resistance (B.A.)

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. The Race, Power, and Resistance major has an integrated experiential learning component, and a flexible design that allows students to explore different departments, disciplines, and schools. 


  1. Attain a working knowledge of key concepts, debates, and methodologies within the field of Race & Ethnic Studies. 
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of major historical developments of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian communities in the U.S. and in their respective diasporas. 
  3. Understand how structural racism operates both historically and in the contemporary moment in relation to Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian communities in the U.S. and in the respective diasporas. 
  4. Articulate how race, ethnicity, and indigeneity intersect with other factors such as gender, gender expression, class, sexuality, religion, and nationhood. 
  5. Express how racial and ethnic minoritized individuals and communities have organized to resist, survive, and thrive.