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Race & Ethnicity Substitution

Petitioning for a Race & Ethnicity (R&E) Requirement Substitution

All students are required to complete a course of at least 3 credits which addresses issues arising from racial and ethnic intolerance and is not simply a course on diversity. You may petition the Academic Standards Board to be allowed to satisfy the R&E requirement with a class that was either taken at another institution or that was taken in the College but has not been officially designated as R&E.

What Does the Board Look for in R&E Petitions?

To be approved as a substitution, a course must spend at least half of the term addressing all of the following:

  • The meaning of race, ethnicity, and racism;
  • Racial and ethnic intolerance and resulting inequality; and
  • Comparisons of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, social class, and/or gender.

What Should I Include in My Petition?

  • A completed petition cover sheet;
  • A written argument explaining how you believe the course meets the requirement criteria; and
  • A course syllabus indicating which readings and class discussions emphasize issues of race and ethnicity. (Detailed instructions for how to do this are on the petition cover sheet.)

How and Where Do I Submit My Petition?

Petitions and supporting documentation can be submitted in person, by mail, email, or FAX:

You will be notified of the Board’s decision by email.