2023-2024 Catalog 
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2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Critical Diversity Studies Major

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The major in Critical Diversity Studies (CDS) is an interdisciplinary program of study that explores diversity in the United States, addresses the complex histories of our nation, and imagines solutions for the challenges we face. The CDS Major engages students in critical analyses of the social and historical construction of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexualities, citizenship, and other social categories and to explore intersectionality and hybridities within and across these social categories as they constitute historical and contemporary U.S. culture as well as U.S.’s relationships with other countries. The major is comprised of 5 concentrations: African American Studies, Asian Pacific American Studies, Chicanx/Latinx Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Comparative Studies. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Analyze social, economic, and/or political forces that have shaped historically marginalized and underrepresented communities
  • Articulate responses and/or solutions to systemic injustice
  • Compare the histories and experiences of multiple historically marginalized and underrepresented US groups, and appraise how these have influenced inter-group relationships

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