Rationale and Requirement
Effective with Fall 2014 courses
By recognizing that social groups and identities emerge from complex cultural, economic, political, social and institutional processes, the United States Identities and Differences Requirement focuses on the historical origins and contemporary implications of these power-laden processes. An understanding of identities and differences provides students with particularly important knowledge about the contemporary world, as global citizens need to appreciate the nuance, complexity and history of group differences. Inequalities in power influence identities and differences throughout the world. The United States Identities and Differences Requirement focuses on the United States as an exemplar, but the knowledge and skills that it fosters will be transferable to other national and international contexts.
Students must take at least one course devoted to the study of forms or forces that create, reflect, maintain, or contest identities of, and differences amongst, U. S. social groups (based in, for example, race, class, ethnicity, gender, language, nation, dis/ability, religion, sexuality).
Request for a U.S. I.D. Designation
(Effective with Fall 2014 courses)
If you have questions, please contact Timothy Traffie, Registrar.