Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies (IRES)

Students in IRES examine the relationship of race and ethnicity to power and inequality, with an emphasis on intersections with gender, class, sexuality, migration, indigeneity, and colonialism. IRES students study historical and contemporary manifestations of white supremacy and investigate how systems of domination as well as social struggles create racial subjects. A key learning outcome of the program is to raise awareness of the racial, ethnic, and political dimensions of all spheres of society. Students of social sciences, education, urban planning, humanities, international studies, and business—to name only a few—find that IRES courses can enrich their academic programs.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Learn to recognize and challenge systems or power and inequality.

  2. Explore opportunities to create meaningful social change.

  3. Foster understanding and relationships across ethnic, racial, and gender lines.

  4. Build a foundation for a wide variety of further studies.

  5. Prepare for a career in a diverse world.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in IRES may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS). Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Nonprofit organizations

Colleges and universities

Cultural heritage organizations

Research organizations

Labor unions

Civil rights organizations

Public interest groups

Hospitals, medical centers and clinics

Private businesses

Newspapers, magazines, and broadcast media companies
Alumni Jobs

Community organizer and nonprofit leadership

Business manager


Social services coordinator



Tribal leader


School administrator

Courses You
May Need

1st Year
ES 101; ES 250 (sub: ES 252, ES 254, ES 256, or ES 258); WR 121; WR 122

2nd Year
ES 3xx/4xx; ES 3xx/4xx; ES 3xx/4xx

3rd Year
ES 301; ES 3xx/4xx; ES 3xx/4xx

4th Year
ES 3xx/4x; ES 4xx; ES 4xx

Major Credits
Required 24
Electives 24

Total 48

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA) US: Difference, Inequality, Agency Global Perspectives Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Research and analysis

Cross-cultural communication and relationship-building

Policy development and analysis

Grant writing and fundraising

Community education and outreach


Creative and scholarly writing

Public relations

Education and teaching
Experiential learning opportunities


Center for Environmental Futures

Specialized Courses

Black Sexual Politics

Women of Color: Issues and Concerns

Race, Migration, and Rights

Environmental Racism

Race, Ethnicity, and Cinema

Race and Incarceration

History of Native American Education
Add A Minor Or Certificate

Native American Studies

Latinx Studies


Political Science


Environmental Studies

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