Knowledge, Identity, and Power (KNOW)

Students entering in 2015-16 or later must satisfy the Knowledge, Identity, and Power (KNOW) graduation requirement by successfully completing one course that has been approved to meet that requirement based on the Learning Objectives and Guidelines that follow.

Learning Objectives

Courses in Knowledge, Identity, and Power provide a distinct site for students to develop their understanding of the dynamics and consequences of power differentials, inequalities and divisions among social groups, and the relationship of these issues to the representation and production of knowledge. In these courses, students also develop their capacity to communicate meaningfully about issues of power, disparity, and diversity of experiences and identities.


  1. These courses promote critical engagement with the causes, nature, and consequences of individual, institutional, cultural and/or structural dynamics of disparity, power, and privilege.
  2. These courses provide opportunities for students to:
    1. engage in dialogue about issues of knowledge, identity, and power, and
    2. consider linkages between their social positions and course themes related to these issues.
  3. Courses may also fulfill other program or graduation requirements.

Approved Courses

  • AFAM/REL 265 Thinking Ethically
  • AFAM 304 Capital and Captivity
  • AFAM 355 African American Women in American History
  • AFAM/COMM 370 Communication and Diversity
  • AFAM 375 The Harlem Renaissance
  • BUS 365 Cultural Diversity and Law
  • CLSC 310 Theories of Myth
  • COMM 361 Organizing Difference
  • CONN 334 Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa and Beyond
  • EDUC 419 American Schools Inside and Out
  • EDUC 420 Multiple Perspectives on Classroom Teaching and Learning
  • ENGL 372 History of Rhetorical Theory
  • GQS 201 Introduction to Gender, Queer, and Feminist Studies
  • GQS/HUM 327 Queer Cultures
  • HIST 383 Borderlands: La Frontera: The U.S.-Mexico Border
  • HON 214 Interrogating Inequality
  • HUM 368 A Precious Barbarism: Enlightenment, Ideology, and Colonialism
  • IPE 101 Introduction to International Political Economy
  • IPE 311 Political Economy of International Development
  • LTS/SPAN 210 Latina/o America: A Critical Introduction to Latina/o Studies
  • MUS 393 Introduction to Secondary Music Education
  • PG 104 Introduction to Political Theory
  • PG 315 Law and Society
  • PG 346 Race in the American Political Imagination
  • PG/PHIL 390 Gender and Philosophy
  • PHIL 389 Race and Philosophy
  • PSYC 373 Perceiving Self and Other
  • REL 307 Prisons, Gender, and Education
  • SOAN 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOAN 215 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOAN 370 Disability, Identity and Power
  • SOAN 481 Special Topics--Ciphers to Citizens: Social Movements in India
  • SSI1 104: Why Travel? Tales from Far and Wide
  • SSI1 106: Cleopatra: History and Myth
  • SSI1 189: Hurricane Katrina and the History of New Orleans
  • THTR 252 World Theatre II: Asian Theatres

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