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Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE)

Director: José David Saldívar

Associate Director: Tania D. Mitchell

Curriculum Committee: Tania Mitchell, David Palumbo-Liu, José David Saldívar, Gary Segura, C. Mathew Snipp

Affiliated Faculty and Teaching Staff: David Abernethy (Political Science, emeritus), H. Samy Alim (Education), JoEllen Anderson (Native American Studies), Anthony Antonio (Education), Arnetha Ball (Education), Rick Banks (Law), Lucius Barker (Political Science, emeritus), Donald Barr (Pediatrics), Karen Biestman (Native American Studies), Jennifer Brody (Drama), Bryan Brown (Education), Cheryl Brown (African and African American Studies), Albert Camarillo (History), James T. Campbell (History), Martin Carnoy (Education), Clayborne Carson (History), Prudence Carter (Education), Gordon Chang (History), Chris Chen (Asian American Studies), Kathleen Coll (Chicana/o Studies), Karen Cook (Sociology), Michele Dauber (Law), Linda Darling-Hammond (Education), Carolyn Duffey (American Studies), Jennifer Eberhardt (Psychology), Paulla Ebron (Anthropology), Penny Eckert (Linguistics), Harry Elam (Drama), Michele Elam (English), James Ferguson (Anthropology), Corey Fields (Sociology), Shelley Fisher Fishkin (English), James Fishkin (Communication), Charlotte Fonrobert (Religious Studies), Estelle Freedman (History), Susana Gallardo (Chicana/o Studies), Gabriel Garcia (Medicine), Leah Gordon (Education), David Grusky (Sociology), Sean Hanretta (History), Georgina Hernandez (Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity), Allyson Hobbs (History), Miyako Inoue (Anthropology), Shanto Iyengar (Communication), Tomás Jiménez (Sociology), Gavin Jones (English), Terry Karl (Political Science), Pamela Karlan (Law), Matthew Kohrman (Anthropology), Jan Krawitz (Art and Art History), Jon Krosnick (Communication), Teresa LaFromboise (Education), David Laitin (Political Science), Sandra Lee (Asian American Studies), Julie Lythcott-Haims (Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity), Liisa Malkki (Anthropology), Hazel Markus (Psychology), Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz (Art and Art History), Douglas McAdam (Sociology), Tania Mitchell (Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Education), Cherríe Moraga (Drama), Paula Moya (English), Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi (French and Italian), Thomas S. Mullaney (History), Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu (Asian American Studies), Hilton Obenzinger (Undergraduate Advising and Research), Susan Olzak (Sociology), Amado Padilla (Education), David Palumbo-Liu (Comparative Literature), Arnold Rampersad (English), Vaughn Rasberry (English), Delphine Red Shirt Shaw (Native American Studies), Robert Reich (Political Science), John Rickford (Linguistics), Cecilia Ridgeway (Sociology), Richard Roberts (History), Aron Rodrigue (History), Michael Rosenfeld (Sociology), José David Saldívar (Comparative Literature), Ramón Saldívar (English), Joel Samoff (History), Stephen Sano (Music), Debra Satz (Philosophy), Gary Segura (Political Science), Vered Shemtov (Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages), C. Matthew Snipp (Sociology), Paul Sniderman (Political Science), Stephen Sohn (English), Jayashiri Srikantiah (Law), James Steyer (Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity), Ewart Thomas (Psychology), Jeanne L. Tsai (Psychology), Linda Uyechi (Music), Guadalupe Valdés (Education), Barbara Voss (Anthropology), Elizabeth Wahl (Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity), Gregory Walton (Psychology), Richard White (History), Jeremy Weinstein (Political Science), Michael Wilcox (Anthropology), Bryan Wolf (Art and Art History), Sylvia Yanagisako (Anthropology), Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano (Iberian and Latin American Cultures), Steven Zipperstein (History)

Teaching Fellows: Jakeya Caruthers, Whitney Trump

Senior Seminar Coordinator: Patricia Seo

Program Office: Building 360, Room 361D

Mail Code: 2152


Phone: (650) 724-2088

Web Site:

The Undergraduate Program in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity is home to four areas of study: Asian American Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Comparative Studies, and Native American Studies. Students can pursue a major or minor in any of these four areas, and are encouraged to build their interdisciplinary study around a focus or theme. Students can then select from more than 150 course options from across departments and schools to customize a curriculum. The major requires 60 units of study and a culminating research project (either a senior paper or honors thesis).

Courses offered by the Program in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity are listed under the subject code CSRE on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.

Courses offered by Asian American Studies are listed under the subject code ASNAMST on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.

Courses offered by Chicana/o Studies are listed under the subject code CHICANST on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.

Courses offered by Native American Studies are listed under the subject code NATIVEAM on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.


The Interdepartmental Program in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE) is an interdisciplinary program offering students the opportunity to investigate the significance of race and ethnicity in all areas of human life.

Devoted to a rigorous analysis of race and ethnicity and using a comparative and interdisciplinary approach, CSRE is committed to promoting and deepening students' understanding of the multiple meanings of racial diversity in the United States and abroad in ways that prepare students for living and working effectively in a multicultural society.

The interdisciplinary and integrated nature of our academic programs means that students take courses from across the university including: anthropology, art, communication, drama, economics, education, history, languages, linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, and religion, among others.


The IDP in CSRE expects undergraduate majors in the program to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. These learning outcomes are used in evaluating students and the undergraduate program. Students are expected to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of interdisciplinary approaches to the knowledge of experiences related to race and ethnicity in the United States.
  2. demonstrate the ability to employ diverse analytical resources and comparative modes of study as tools to frame and address research questions.
  3. be critical readers of both primary and secondary sources, who can use and properly cite both types of evidence in their written work.
  4. actively and critically engage in verbal and/or written discussion of issues.
  5. demonstrate analytical writing skills that convey their understanding of the topic.
  6. expand their ability to think critically about issues in political, social, scientific, economic and cultural life stemming from the diversity of experiences related to race an ethnicity.

Undergraduate Program in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity


The Interdepartmental Program in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE) provides students the opportunity to structure a major or minor in comparative ethnic studies or to focus their course work in a single ethnic studies area. Four majors and minors (Asian American Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Comparative Studies, and Native American Studies) are offered as part of the the IDP in CSRE. All courses taken for the major must be taken for a letter grade. The directors of the program and of each major constitute the CSRE curriculum committee, the policy making body for the interdisciplinary program.

Students who declare any of the four majors participate in a common curriculum consisting of at least two core courses and a senior seminar.

There are two types of introductory courses taught by senior CSRE-affiliated faculty: core courses that are interdisciplinary and compare across racial and ethnic groups; and foundational courses that focus on a specific racial or ethnic group. These requirements illustrate how different disciplines approach the study and interpretation of race and ethnicity and provide a foundation for the student's program of study.


Students who wish to minor in the study areas must complete a minimum of 30 units from the approved course list, one of which must be a core course and a second that is foundational to the area of study. Proposals for the minor must be approved by the director of each study area.


Directed reading and research allows students to focus on a special topic of interest. In organizing a reading or research plan, the student consults with the director of the major and one or more faculty members specializing in the area or discipline.

Courses that fulfill directed reading and research requirements:

ASNAMST 200R. Directed Research (1-5 units)

ASNAMST 200W. Directed Reading (1-5 units)

CHICANST 200R. Directed Research (1-5 units)

CHICANST 200W. Directed Reading (1-5 units)

CSRE 200R. Directed Research (1-5 units)

CSRE 200W. Directed Reading (1-5 units)

NATIVEAM 200R. Directed Research (1-5 units)

NATIVEAM 200W. Directed Reading (1-5 units)


Research and writing of the senior honors thesis or senior paper is under the supervision of a faculty project adviser. All majors in the IDP in CSRE, even those who opt to write honors theses in other departments and programs, must enroll in CSRE 200X: Senior Seminar, offered in Autumn Quarter. The course takes students through the process of research including conceptualization, development of prospectus, development of theses, research, analysis, and writing. This course meets the Writing in the Major requirement (WIM). Those who opt to write senior papers are organized into tutorial groups in Autumn Quarter.


CSRE majors have several unique opportunities available to them. The program supports full-time paid summer research internships for those who apply to complete a self-designed research project in collaboration with a community agency. The Public Policy Institute is a two week, pre-Autumn Quarter seminar that provides exposure to critical public policy issues. The residence-based institute provides room and board and all seminar materials for participants, including a visit to Sacramento to meet with policy makers. CSRE also sponsors quarterly luncheons and community programs for all majors and minors.


Murray House, 566 Governor's Avenue, is an undergraduate residence with a CSRE focus that is devoted to developing an intellectual community amongst students interested in the study of race and ethnicity. Programs, including an in-house seminar, are developed with the guidance of CSRE faculty to increase the understanding of issues of race and ethnicity amongst its residents through social events and discussions. Students may apply for pre-assignment to Murray House to participate in the CSRE Focus. Contact Residential Education for more information.

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