CES 104 Whiteness Studies: Identity and Inquiry • 5 Cr.


Critically understand the concept and invention of whiteness, who is considered white, and what it means to be white in the U.S. as well as globally. Using multiple means of analysis (scholarship, literature, and media), we will investigate the social, legal, and political construction of whiteness and when, where, how and why whiteness operates in everyday life in the 21st century. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Analyze how whiteness is socially, politically, and legally constructed in the U.S.
  • Investigate and reflect upon how white privilege is institutionalized in American society
  • Identify the ways whiteness shapes one's everyday experiences
  • Understand how whiteness is perceived from a global perspective¬† ¬†