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Difference, Power, and Multiple Cultural Perspectives in the Humanities

Courses across the humanities address issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and other institutionalized systems of difference. The curriculum teaches students methods and concepts for the critical analysis of structures of power and difference in a wide variety of fields, periods, and media.

Students learn basic theoretical frameworks that allow them to comprehend and analyze the philosophical, art-historical, aesthetic, visual, textual, and auditory categories of difference underlying cultural productions. The humanities pay special attention to the connections between language and power and symbols and systemic social conditions.

These approaches serve as a foundation for students' ability to integrate the college-wide multiple cultural perspectives requirement with their self-guided programs of study and projects.

Among the subjects are language and sexual difference; postcoloniality and visual culture; performativity and identity; ethnicity; and the transnational.

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