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 at least two courses from the following list:


  • AMS 3672 Working in America: Labor in the United States since 1892
  • GDR 3610 Women's Studies
  • GDR 3620 The Gender Film Initiative
  • HIS 3601 European Renaissance: Culture and Identity
  • HIS 3620 Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
  • HIS 3604 Sexuality and Power in Modern Society
  • HIS 3674 The Personal is Political: Gender in Modern U.S. History
  • HIS 4640 Food and Civil Rights
  • HUM 3610 Extremism
  • HUM 4616 From the French Revolution to the Sexual Revolution
  • HUM 4600 Seminar in Human Rights 
    OR LIT 4682 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Human Rights
  • LIT 3682 In the Extreme: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Human Rights
  • POL 3610 Ethno-Political Conflict 
  • POL 4630 Critical Race Studies
Students may take up to two courses from the following list of courses:
  • CVA2003 From Babson to New Delhi
  • CVA 2010/2410 Gender Studies
  • CVA 2008/2408 Cultural Anthropology
  • CVA 2033 Radical Politics Today
  • CVA 2425 Introduction to LGBTQ Cultural Studies
  • CVA 2426 Immigrants, Race, and the American Promise
  • CVA 2460 Living La Vida Latina
  • HSS 2000 Making of Modern America
  • HSS 2030 Citizenship and Society
  • HSS 2032 African History and Foodways
  • HSS2034/2434 Modern European History
  • HSS 2058 The Modern American City
  • HSS 2418 Introduction to Sociology
  • HUM4611 Current Issues in Latin American Fiction and Film
  • ECN 3671 Economics of the Labor Market
  • LAW 3661 American Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
  • LIT 3601 Shakespeare
  • LVA 2010 African American Literature
  • LVA 2430 History of African American Music
  • LVA 2432 Foundations of Western Art
  • LVA 2460 Tales of the City: Exploring Urban Literature
  • LVA 2462 Suburban America in Literature and Culture
  • LVA2473 Middle Eastern Literature
  • LVA 2474 Literature of Witness
  • MUS 3620 Global Pop
  • MOB 3582 Global Management Communications