Ethnic Dress in a Global Context

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.

Coordinator: Yuniya Kawamura 

Requirements

SS374 Cross-Cultural Studies

Complete four of the following courses.

Course Credits
HA 204 History of East Asian Costume   
HA 237 GLOBAL FASHION: ANCIENT ORIGINS TO MODERN STYLES   
HA 239 THE HISTORY OF AFRICAN TEXTILES AND FASHION   
HA 342 HISTORY OF TEXTILE DESIGN   
HI 209 FASHION AND SLAVERY   
SC 102 CLIMATE CHANGE   
SS 277 CULTURAL EXPRESSIONS OF NON-WESTERN DRESS/FASHION   
SS 301 LUXURY: A SOCIO-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE   
SS 306 KIMONO AND FASHION: A SOCIO-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE   
SS 309 TATTOOS AND BODY MODIFICATION: SOCIAL STIGMA AND ACCEPTANCE   
SS 313 CULTURAL AWARENESS, DESIGN RESPONSIBILITY AND THE LAW  

Please check the Undergraduate Catalog for course descriptions and any prerequisite information.