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Identity and Diversity

These courses use identity as a category of analysis and as subject matter, examining how its social construction reflects and determines differentials of power and opportunity. Students analyze identity groups as social agents whose biological, socialized identities and experiences are shaped by—and help shape—systems of gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, sexuality, and national power. This concentration is interested, above all, in the changing status of various identities over time and space.

Sponsored by: History and Society Division

Faculty Contact: Mary Godwyn

Faculty contacts serve as advisers to those students who have an interest in the given concentration. You should feel free to contact these faculty members with questions.

Required Courses

Students must take four courses from the list below, at least two of which must be at the 3600 level.

  • AMS 3615 Borderlands
  • AMS 3672 Working in America: Labor in the United States Since 1892
  • CVA 2410 Gender Studies
  • CVA 2408 Cultural Anthropology
  • CVA 2414 African-American Studies
  • CVA 2425 Introduction to LGBTQ Cultural Studies
  • CVA 2426 Immigrants, Race, and the American Promise
  • CVA 2460 Living La Vida Latina
  • GDR 3610 Women’s Studies
  • HIS 3601 Cultural History of the European Renaissance
  • HIS 3670 Sexuality and Power in Modern Society
  • HIS 3674 The Personal is Political: Women and Gender in Modern U.S. History
  • HIS 3682 Women in China
  • HSS 2418 Introduction to Sociology
  • HSS 2434 Modern Europe
  • LAW 3610 Intolerance, Culture, and the Law
  • LIT 3601 Shakespeare
  • LIT 3663 Limit Cases: Literature and Economic Human Rights
  • LVA 2430 History of African American Music
  • LVA 2432 Survey of Art in Western Culture
  • LVA 2446 Joy, Beauty, Justice: Literatures of the Black Atlantic
  • LVA 2447 The Stranger in Literature
  • LVA 2460 Tales of the City: Exploring Urban Literature
  • LVA 2462 Suburban America in Literature and Culture
  • LVA 2474 Literature of Witness
  • LVA 3620 Global Pop
  • LVA 3682 In the Extreme: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Human Rights
  • POL 3610 Ethno-Political Conflict