Ethnic Dress in a Global Context Minor

The Ethnic Dress in a Global Context minor teaches students to have a better sociological understanding of various types of ethnic dress, which is a widely shared term in anthropology/sociology, and related styles (clothes, textiles, jewelry, accessories, hairstyles, and tattoos among others) that are still worn today around the world. Students examine what constitutes cultural appropriation and which/what ideas can be borrowed from ethnic dress/traditions and applied to designs, merchandising, or advertising in culturally/socially acceptable ways. Through dress, students also explore the history, values, customs, and beliefs of different cultures in multilayered global contexts, such as social, economic, political, and religious dimensions.

The following requirements below are intended for students beginning fall 2024.

To declare your minor, please speak to your academic advisor for assistance.

Minor Coordinator:
Yuniya Kawamura

Required Course:
SS 374Cross-Cultural Studies3
Choose Four (4) From the Following Courses
HA 118Introduction to Fashion History: Materials, Motifs & Meanings3
HA 204History of East Asian Dress3
HA 237Global Fashion: Ancient Origins to Modern Styles3
HA 239The History of African Textiles and Fashion3
HA 342History of Textile Design3
HA 383Art of the Silk Road: Cross-Cultural Encounters (Honors)3
HI 209Fashion and Slavery3
SC 102Climate Change3
SS 277Ethnicity, Dress, and World Culture3
SS 301Luxury: A Socio-Cultural Perspective3
SS 306Kimono and Fashion: A Socio-Cultural Perspective 3
SS 309Tattoos and Body Modification3
SS 313Cultural Awareness, Design Responsibility, and the Law3

*Semesterly course offerings are subject to change.