The Department of Gender, Race, and Identity (GRI) pursues the interdisciplinary and intersectional study of gender, race, and related constructions of identity, injustice, and difference that comprise our social world. Courses in GRI encompass topics of gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, Indigeneity, class, nationality, citizenship, disability, religious identity and more. Students in GRI have gone on to careers in fields including education, law, government, community non-profits, social and health services, the arts and business.
Bachelor of Arts in Gender, Race, and Identity (GRI)
Our undergraduate major provides interdisciplinary and intersectional training in gender, race and related constructions of identity, injustice and difference in global and local contexts. Within the B.A. program, students may fulfill the general major in GRI or complete either of two specializations, Ethnic Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. All of these are four-year programs that provide a strong liberal arts education and that include training in ways to apply scholarship within contexts including education, law, government, community non-profits, social and health services, the arts and business.
Minors in Gender, Race, and Identity
We provide undergraduate minors in Black Studies, Ethnic Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Peace Studies, Indigenous Studies, Latinx Studies, Religious Studies, Social Justice, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. A minor in LGBTQ Studies is forthcoming. These minors prepare college graduates for applied work contexts including government agencies, non-profit organizations, academic research, education, the arts and business.
Undergraduate courses relevant to applied liberal arts
- GRI courses particularly relevant to the applied liberal arts initiative include:
- GRI 103: Introduction to Intersectional Analysis of Identities
- GRI 257: Social Movements of Gender, Race, and Identity
- GRI 418: Global/Local Inequalities
- GRI 451: Senior Thesis I and GRI 452: Senior Thesis II
- GRI 460: Intersectionality and Social Justice
- GRI 495: Capstone in GRI
- GRI 498: Internship in Gender, Race, and Identity
Community-based research experience
Students can apply through the Office of Undergraduate Research to do community-based research for pay under the supervision of a GRI faculty member.
GRI students can gain job experience by completing approved internships for elective credit that count towards their major or their minor. GRI 498 is an approved internship course.
Undergraduate senior thesis
Students in the BA. in GRI, including either of the B.A. specializations (Ethnic Studies or Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), can complete a six-credit senior research thesis under faculty supervision.
At the graduate level, GRI offers both a Master’s of Arts and a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Race, and Identity. The M.A. program trains students in interdisciplinary theory, methods and research in gender studies, ethnic studies and related fields. Options for completing the M.A. include a research thesis that prepares students especially for research careers or Ph.D.-level study, or an applied community studies project that prepares students especially for work in government, non-profits, or advocacy.
M.A. in GRI with applied community studies emphasis
Students choosing this emphasis in the GRI M.A. pursue internships with community partners as part of their coursework. In consultation with their committee chair, they complete the M.A. through a professional paper or project applying scholarly analysis and research to a community problem or concern.