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St. John's University Will Now Offer a Minor in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

Added 03-03-21 08:38:02am EST - “"If there was ever a moment to study these topics, the time is now."” - Legalinsurrection.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Legalinsurrection.com: “St. John’s University Will Now Offer a Minor in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

St. John’s University is offering a new minor beginning this spring semester — in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies.

The New York City-based Catholic institution noted in a March 1 announcement that the new minor will benefit students “seeking to explore the myriad ways social justice issues are shaped by class, ethnicity, gender, race and other forms of group differentiation.”

“The 15-credit minor is a space for cutting-edge research and critical pedagogy, covering both contemporary and historical structural and social inequalities, international migration, health care, and more,” the announcement reads. “Through the program, students examine the political struggles of marginalized people as a means for exploring innovative strategies for social change.”

CRES Director Natalie Byfield, a sociology and anthropology professor, said the minor came about via student demand “dating back to 2015.”

Some of the decisions behind the course implementations were also shaped by things students have encountered or heard about in current social, economic and political environments, according to Byfield. These kinds of conversations mirror the larger national conversations surrounding systematic racism, economic inequality and police brutality.

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