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Culture and Identity

Global economic, political, and cultural processes are bound up with complex questions of culture and identity at the individual, familial, and community levels. Examining how differences in language, ideology, religion, race, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation among others impact our sense of self and other, this CULTURE and IDENTITY option considers: foundational expressions of social and cultural values; the formation and contestation of identity over time; the impacts of modernization on individual, family, and community identity; genetic manipulation and modification; and questions of colonization and colonialism on political and cultural structures.

Culture and Identity

Course Number  Course Title

AFAM/SOC 103 Racism and Sexism

AFR/WMNST 202 Gender Dynamics in Africa

ANTH 045 Cultural Anthropology

APLNG 200 Introduction to Language, Culture, and Social Interaction

APLNG 210 The Ecology of Global English

ASIA 100 What is Asia?

ASIA 104 Introduction to Buddhism

ASIA/HIST 174 The History of Traditional East Asia

ASIA/HIST 175 The History of Modern East Asia

ASIA 181 Introduction to the Religions of China and Japan

ASIA 183 Gender, Family, and Society in East Asia

ASIA/HIST 185 Asian Pop: The History of Popular Culture in Asia

ASIA/HIST 186 The Silk Roads

ASIA/HIST 187 Global Taiwan

ASIA 404 Topics in Asian Literature

*ASIA 424 Transnational Korean Literature*

*ASIA 425 Global Korean Cinema*

ASIA 440 Monuments of Asia

ASIA 476 Technology & Society in Modern Asia

ASIA 489 International Culture in East Asia

CAMS 004  Jewish and Christian Foundations 

CAMS 005 Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations

CAMS 010 Mesopotamian Civilization

CAMS 020 Egyptian Civilization

CAMS 025 Greek Civilization

CAMS 033 Roman Civilization

CAMS 450W Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome

CAMS 470 Languages and Cultures of the Ancient Near East

CAS 422 Contemporary African American Communication

CAS 455: Gender Roles in Communication

CAS 471 Intercultural Communication Theory and Research

CHNS 421 China Beyond China 

CMLIT 003 Intro to African Literature

CMLIT 004 Intro to Asian Literature

CMLIT 005 Literature of the Americas

CMLIT 010 World Literatures

CMLIT 101 Race, Gender and Identity in World Literature

CMLIT 107 and 107(U) Exploration, Travel, Migration, and Exile

JST 131/CMLIT 110: Jewish Literature: An International Perspective

CMLIT/ENGL 185 The World Novel

*CMLIT 405 Inter-American Literature*

*CMLIT 403 Latina/o Literature and Culture*

*CMLIT 404  Topics in Asian Literature *

*CMLIT 408 Heroic Literature *

*CMLIT 415 World Graphic Novels* 

*CMLIT 423 African Novel*

*CMLIT 435 Cultures of Globalization *

*CMLIT 449 Literary Cultures of Islam*

*CMLIT 453 Narrative Theory: Film and Literature *

*CMLIT 470 The Modern Novel *

*CMLIT 489 Contemporary World Fiction*

ENGL 182 Literature and Empire

ENGL 404 Mapping Identity, Difference and Place

FR 138 French Culture through Film

FR 139 France and the Francophone World

FR 142 French Fiction, Drama, and Film

FR 270 Race and Gender in Literature

FR 430: Contemporary France

FR 458 African Literature of French Expression

GER 200 Contemporary Germany

HIST 153: The Indian in North America

HIST/ASIA 174 The History of Traditional East Asia 

HIST/ASIA 175 The History of Modern East Asia

HIST/ASIA 181 Introduction to the Religions of China and Japan

HIST/ASIA 183 Gender, Family, and Society in East Asia

HIST/ASIA 185 Asian Pop: The History of Popular Culture in Asia 

HIST/ASIA 186 The Silk Roads 

HIST/ASIA 187 Global Taiwan

HIST/ASIA 188 Tibet: People, Places, and Space

HIST/JST 220 The Jewish and Other Diasporas

*HIST 416 Zionism*

*HIST 471 Classical Islamic Civilizations*

IT 130 Italian Culture and Civilization

IT 131 Italian American Culture and Civilization

IT 230 Masterpieces of Italian Literature in English Translation

IT 490 Dante in Translation

*IT 475 Modern Italian Literature & Film*

IT 485 Italian American Cultural Studies

JST 131/CMLIT 110: Jewish Literature: An International Perspective

JST/ANTH/SOC 457 Jewish Communities: Identity, Survival, and Transformation in Unexpected Places

LER 136 Race, Gender, and Employment

LTNST 100 Introduction to Latina/s Studies

LTNST 479 U.S. Latina/o Culture en Español

*LTNST/HIST 467 Latin America and the United States*

PHIL 008 Feminism

PHIL 009 Philosophy, Race and Diversity

PHIL 208 Contemporary Philosophy

PHIL 408 Social and Political Philosophy

PHIL 460 African American

PLSC 428 Gender and Politics

*PLSC 459 Culture and World Politics*

PORT 497 Race and Gender in Contemporary Luso-Brazilian Cinema

PSYCH 232 Cross cultural Psychology

RLST 001 Introduction to World Religions

RLST / ARAB 164, Muhammad and the Qur'an

RLST 461 Sociology of Religion

SOC 422 World Population Diversity

SOC 457 Jewish Communities: Identity, Survival, and Transformation in Unexpected Places 

SOC 461 Sociology of Religion

SPAN 130 Iberian Civilization

SPAN 131 Ibero-American Civilization

SPAN/LTNST 356 Reading the Border/Lands

SPAN 474, Many Mexicos

SPAN 479 U.S. Latina/o Culture en Español

WMNST 105 Living in a Diverse World

WMNST 106 Representing Women and Gender

WMNST 117 Women in Modern History

WMNST 200 Global Feminisms 

WMNST 202 Gender Dynamics in Africa 


Courses Outside the College of the Liberal Arts

ART H 140 Introduction to Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture

ART H 225 Sexuality and Modern Visual Culture

ART H 326 Art Since 1940

ART H 335 African Art

DANCE 221 Introduction to African Dance and Culture

 ****400 level courses with asterisks do not have prerequisites. ****

Majors should select 21 credits in the Option. 

-15 credits of these 21 will be in a single Option (no more than 6 credits towards the Option completion are to be from courses in a single department).

-6 credits of these 21 are from other Options.

-At least 12 credits must be taken at the 400 level or higher.