Graduate Emphasis in Race and Justice Studies

Graduate Emphasis in Race and Justice Studies

Students from any UCI state-supported graduate or professional program, including J.D., Master's, and M.F.A. students, are eligible to apply to the Emphasis in Race and Justice Studies, housed in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. The Emphasis in Race and Justice Studies is comprised of three interconnected components that promote inclusive excellence: 1) A first-year mentorship proseminar; 2) Interdisciplinary coursework and writing that emphasizes cross-departmental interests and perspectives on critical studies of race, crime, and law; 3) Engagement with diverse audiences through traditional and innovative forms of research presentation.

Students may apply for admission into the emphasis upon completion of the first-year mentorship of the proseminar. Admitted students who satisfactorily complete the program requirements will be awarded a letter signed by the Director noting that the student has incorporated Race and Justice studies into their research and professional activities. Each student will be assigned a peer and faculty mentor to discuss the student's ongoing research and the value of inclusive excellence.



  • CRM/LAW C260ABC: A first-year mentorship proseminar, consisting of ten workshops, discussions, and presentations offered over three quarters by selected faculty from across campus with experience negotiating policies and conducting research with high impact on fostering inclusive excellence. Students will receive a grade for this proseminar in the spring quarter.
  • CRM/LAW C262: One Race and Justice Studies-approved course offered under the supervision of the emphasis.
  • CRM/LAW C261/HUM 261/SSCI 253K: A writing seminar in which a paper developed through Race and Justice Studies coursework and programming will be workshopped and revised toward publication.
  • A public presentation which translates the students Race and Justice Studies-influenced research for an interdisciplinary audience, which can include but is not limited to those found through professional associate conferences, small symposia and colloquia, social media publications, community-based collaborations, program and policy consultations, and artistic or alternative media formats.



The following is needed to apply for admission:

  1. Satisfactory completion of the first-year mentorship proseminar
  2. A statement of interest
  3. An unofficial transcript
  4. One faculty reference letter that speaks to the student's capabilities
  5. Endorsement of the student's application by the student's advisor. The student's advisor may provide the reference letter

The deadline for this application is week 10 of the spring quarter of the student's first year of graduate study.


Petition for Formal Letter of Completion

A transcript showing satisfactory completion of coursework, a writing seminar paper, and a one-page report of public presentation is required for the petition for a formal letter of completion. The deadline for this petition is week 10 of the spring quarter of the student's third year of graduate study.

For students admitted to graduate study before Fall 2016: pre-requisites must be fulfilled between Fall 2016 and spring Spring 2019, and requirements must be fulfilled between Fall 2016 and Spring 2021. Upon approval by the Director, students may use prior coursework to satisfy one of the requirements of the Emphasis.



Please contact Professor Sora Han by email at


2017-2018 Tentative Proseminar Dates - Please make sure you sign up for C260A in Fall, C260B in Winter and C260C in Spring to receive credit for the year-long proseminar course.

Oct. 9, 2017:  Reading: Uncoupling by Diane Vaughan
Oct. 30, 2017:
Nov. 20, 2017: Readings: Hartman, JMIL, Iyko Day
Jan. 29, 2018 - Reading: Moten Harney Undercommons Ch. 2
Feb. 12, 2018 - Reading: Owens, Cunningham, Ward Article
Mar. 12, 2018 - Readings: Sexton The Rage and Sexton Elegeia
Apr. 9, 2018 - Readings
Apr. 30, 2018 -  Reading1   Reading2
May 14, 2018
Jun. 4, 2018


Please click HERE for  the 2017-18 C260A/B/C Syllabus.