What can you do with a degree in REST?
REST prepares our students with the best a liberal arts education can offer plus the ability to think about the complex issues and identities that characterize America today. Our students graduate with the ability to thrive in America’s diverse workplaces, the skills to work for social justice, and the knowledge to address some of the most important challenges facing our country.
REST majors can tailor their major to prepare them for their future careers, with internships and hands-on learning opportunities. And many of our students double major or minor in fields such as Psychology, Government, Business, Sociology and Anthropology and English. REST majors pursue a variety of professions and careers:
• Social Work and Community Organizing
• Elementary or High School Teacher
• Student Affairs in Higher Education
• Business management
• Ph.D.'s in the fields of Sociology, Psychology, and Ethnic Studies
What REST majors are doing
"Choosing to be a Race and Ethnic Studies major at the University of Redlands is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Regardless of skepticism, knowledge acquired in the major is transferable in the workplace and you don’t have to broke! After graduating in 2007 as a REST major I went on to USC School of Social Work to study social work with an emphasis in community organizing, planning, and administration. I am now the Social Services Manager at the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California." -Ebony Mitchell, Class of 2007
“The REST program at the U of R has prepared me for many great opportunities. Currently, I am a full time graduate student in a Higher Education/Student Affairs Program at Indiana University and simultaneously work in a large residence hall to help students make the most out of their living experiences. The REST curriculum helped prepare me for many of the difficult conversations around diversity, which seem to naturally arise on college campuses where many people of diverse backgrounds come together. It has been especially useful in helping students explore their identities; which in some way involves intersections of a student's race, ethnicity and other identities. In the future I hope to continue my education and pursue and doctoral degree in education. Ultimately, my passion for education stems from being able to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds, an interest which certainly has been cultivated by my experience in REST."-Mark Houlemarde, Class of 2009
Alonna Clark grew up in San Bernardino, graduated with a double major in REST and SOAN in 2009 and is now getting a Ph.D. in Sociology at UCR, specializing in Race and Class Inequality and Criminology and Sociolegal studies.
Here’s what she learned from REST:
“I feel that REST taught me how integral a role race plays in our society today. We are socialized to believe that racism is a thing off the past and that race does not really matter any more, but REST opened my eyes to see that race truly does affect our entire society. I also learned that race related problems can be alleviated, but only once people acknowledge racism, educate themselves, and take the necessary steps to help the situation.”- Alonna Clark, Class of 2009
“The REST program really challenged me in ways that are unique to the program. I originally took my first REST course because I was interested in the topic of race. Little did I know that the way I perceived myself within social constructs would drastically change. As a white male I entered the REST program with assumptions that I did not belong and I would be studying "others." By the time I left I realized that the program is not about studying one person or one race, but rather it examines the interconnection between us all. The REST program also helped prepare me for my career after graduation. For my thesis I pursued a topic that would be directly relevant to my interest in teaching after graduation. My thesis focused on the Hispanic attainment gap examining the different approaches to reduce the dropout rate through public policy. In the fall I am attending George Mason University to get my Master's in Education while teaching elementary school for Teach for America in Washington DC. Through my research for my thesis I discovered many teaching strategies that I plan on utilizing in my classroom. Ultimately, I want to get a PH.D in Education Leadership or Education Policy and my thesis provided me the opportunity to explore these paths. The REST program is unique in the freedom it gives students to study whatever they desire while still challenging their notions of the world.”- Jonathan Jackson, Class of 2010