Understanding intersections and multiplicity of identities, embodied knowing, and systems of power to enact change.

Why Pursue Identity Studies?

It's a new major and minor that integrates the scholarly endeavor of Africana Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Asian Studies, and Dance.

Identity Studies will also help you learn how to: 

  • Apply multiple perspectives: make connections across disciplines and practice embracing multiple perspectives to better understand yourself and others.
  • Unlearn: Cast off dominant narratives to more accurately understand the processes of the world around you.
  • Change the world: Recognize systems of power and get hands-on experience making change both in and out of the classroom. 

Why Pursue Identity Studies?

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Major Requirements

All Identity Studies majors take an introductory course, a course on theory of power and domination, and a course that focuses on global traditions.

All Identity Studies majors can choose an area of emphasis from the following:

  • Race/ethnicitycourses celebrate the unique contributions of peoples of color and interrogates constructs of race and ethnicity
  • Gender/sexualitycourses are centrally informed by questions about gender and sexuality
  • Body studiescourses emphasize bodily practice, movement, demeanor, and inhabited/lived space

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