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2024-25 Catalog 
2024-25 Catalog

Comparative Race and Ethnicity Studies with a Concentration in History

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(Requirements for the CRES major with a concentration in history are listed below. Follow this link for the CRES Minor  requirements.)

Students must complete all of the following requirements to graduate with a bachelor of arts in this program. Some courses may apply toward multiple requirements.

College Requirements:

Degree Requirements  

Students are required to complete all standard college requirements.

Major Requirements:

This major requires a curriculum proposal with a course plan approved by the CRES committee and the advisor in the department of concentration.

Total major units: 14-16, depending on language proficiency

Two Disciplinary Units from Distribution Group I:

One unit from the following CRES-foundational or CRES-designated courses (CRES-foundational courses cross-listed as “CRES”):


One additional unit in the same subject as above

Two Disciplinary Units from Distribution Group II:

One additional CRES-foundational unit from:

Five Units of History, Including:

Chronological requirement:

  • A minimum of one unit before 1800
  • A minimum of one unit after 1800

Geographic requirement:

  • A minimum of one unit in European history;
  • A minimum of one unit of United States history;
  • A minimum of one unit of history from areas outside Europe, the United States, and Canada.

Proficiency in a non-English language, demonstrated by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of Reed language courses:
    ⇒ Two units at a second-year level,
    ​⇒ One unit at a higher level;
  • Committee approval of language courses taken elsewhere, which may include:
    ​⇒ Successful completion of language courses taken in secondary (high) school or at another college/university,
    ​⇒ Successful completion of a language placement examination at Reed;
  • Committee approval following an individual assessment of language proficiency.

Junior Year Requirements:

Recommended but Not Required:

CRES explicitly focuses on the comparative study of race and ethnicity across borders and boundaries. Consequently, the committee strongly recommends as many of the following as possible:

  • One or more units of CRES courses with an explicit comparative/transnational element.
  • Study abroad.

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