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 (KNOW) 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. 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.
  2. KNOW courses may also fulfill other program or graduation requirements.

Approved Courses

The following courses have been approved as satisfying the Knowledge, Identity, and Power requirement.

  • AFAM 101 Introduction to African American Studies
  • AFAM 201 Methods in African American Studies
  • AFAM 265 Thinking Ethically
  • AFAM 304 Capital and Captivity
  • AFAM 355 African American Women in American History
  • AFAM 370 Communication and Diversity
  • AFAM 375 The Harlem Renaissance
  • ASIA 344 Asia in Motion
  • BIOL 362 Nanobiology
  • BUS 365 Cultural Diversity and Law
  • CLSC 310 Theories of Myth
  • COMM 361 Organizing Difference
  • COMM 370 Communication and Diversity
  • COMM 372 Contemporary Media Culture: Deconstructing Disney
  • CONN 334 Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa and Beyond
  • CONN 358 The Mississippi River
  • EDUC 419 American Schools Inside and Out
  • EDUC 420 Multiple Perspectives on Classroom Teaching and Learning
  • ENGL 242 Introduction to Native American Literature
  • ENGL 247 Introduction to Popular Genres
  • ENGL 372 History of Rhetorical Theory
  • ENVR 326 People, Politics, and Parks
  • ENVR 343 Buddhist Environmentalisms
  • GERM 300 German Cinema of the Weimar Republic and Under National Socialism, 1919-1945
  • GERM 305 Culture in the Third Reich
  • GQS 201 Introduction to Gender, Queer, and Feminist Studies
  • GQS 220 What is Queer?
  • GQS 327 Queer Cultures
  • HIST 383 Borderlands: La Frontera: The U.S.-Mexico Border
  • HON 214 Interrogating Inequality
  • HUM 327 Queer Cultures
  • HUM 368 A Precious Barbarism: Enlightenment, Ideology, and Colonialism
  • IPE 101 Introduction to International Political Economy
  • IPE 311 Political Economy of International Development
  • LAS 100 Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • LTS 200 Latina/o America: A Critical Introduction to Latina/o Studies
  • MUS 223 Women in Music
  • MUS 393 Introduction to Secondary Music Education
  • PG 104 Introduction to Political Theory
  • PG 315 Law and Society
  • PG 326 People, Politics, and Parks
  • PG 346 Race in the American Political Imagination
  • PG 390 Gender and Philosophy
  • PHIL 106 Language, Knowledge, and Power
  • PHIL 389 Race and Philosophy
  • PHIL 390 Gender and Philosophy
  • PSYC 265 Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • PSYC 373 Perceiving Self and Other
  • REL 265 Thinking Ethically
  • REL 270 Religion, Social Movements and (in)Justice in the United States
  • REL 307 Prisons, Gender, and Education
  • SOAN 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOAN 102 Introduction to Anthropology
  • SOAN 215 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOAN 303 Contemporary Immigration, Race, and Immigration Regimes in the U.S.
  • SOAN 370 Disability, Identity, and Power
  • SPAN 210 Latina/o America: A Critical Introduction to Latina/o Studies
  • SSI1 104 Why Travel?: Tales from Far and Wide
  • SSI1 106 Cleopatra: History and Myth
  • SSI1 135 Hurricane Katrina and the History of New Orleans
  • STS 324 Science and Race: A History
  • THTR 250 World Theatre I: African Diaspora
  • THTR 252 World Theatre II: Asian Theatres

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