Critical Ethnic Studies interrogates the production of knowledge. The primary emphasis of work in this Major is to theorize from multiple, and simultaneous, narratives of silenced peoples and epistemologies. Critical Ethnic Studies untangles and analyzes the colonial and racial projects attempting to govern relationships among peoples and lands.
Critical Ethnic Studies is also a process of engagement, and shapes the ability to engage content in a variety of fields of study. The field seeks a change in the logic governing the academy, and will not accept an uncomplicated grafting of content onto a universal idea. This change is realized through the relentless pursuit of other ways to engage, and through on-going discussions of additional means of engagement. These processes invert, rethink, and displace universalities. Central to the field is a refusal to consume the other. Critical Ethnic Studies scholars must go beyond themselves, and devise conversations moving beyond voyeurism and consumption.