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 


Curriculum requirements can be found in the undergraduate catalog, along with course descriptions and prerequisite information.

» Curriculum Requirements for the Ethnic Dress in a Global Context Minor

Current curriculum requirements are intended for students declared after Fall 2022. If you have already declared your minor, please speak to your academic advisor for assistance.

New Courses Added to Minor

HA 118 – Introduction to Fashion History: Materials, Motifs, and Meanings
HA 383 – Art of the Silk Road: Cross-Cultural Encounters