How do people come to identify themselves with a group or multiple groups? How do different cultures produce knowledge differently? How do lived experiences, social structures, belief systems and cultural and literary traditions and forms shape or interact with values, expectations, and identities as well as institutions and power?
Students in Comparative Ethnic and American Studies ask—and begin to answer—these and other broad questions from different perspectives, while focusing their work in the study of ethnicity, race, gender, class, sexuality, and the intersections of these cultural differences.
In Comparative Ethnic and American Studies, students study specific ethnic cultures, arts, and communities within the contexts of changing national, transnational, and global realities as well as broader questions of power and difference in society. Students consider indigenous cultures, transnational migrations, and dislocations of peoples, as well as the historic position of the United States within the Americas and in the world at large.