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Washington and Lee University    
  Nov 23, 2017
2017-2018 University Catalog

Perspectives (PERS)

The Perspectives designation was proposed by students who wanted to affirm the importance of developing awareness, skills, and knowledge of others' perspectives. Many departments and programs offer opportunities for development in this area. The faculty have approved a set of learning outcomes to distinguish courses that meet the Perspectives objectives.

In the following approved courses, students do all of the following:

  • demonstrate acquired knowledge of underrepresented and/or non-Western viewpoints or analytical lenses;
  • recognize how identities, such as gender, sex, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, and/or class, may intersect and uniquely influence the issues covered in the course; and
  • gain a critical understanding of the connections between such identities and systemic inequities, locally, regionally, and/or (inter)nationally.

Approved Perspectives courses:

HIST 276 - History of South Africa  
HIST 277 - Speaking and Being Zulu in South Africa  
HIST 279 - Africa in the Western Imagination  
HIST 378: African Feminisms  
HIST 379 - Queering Colonialism  
SOAN 101 - Introduction to Anthropology: Investigating Humanity  
SOAN 205: Power and Status: An Introduction to Social Influence  
SOAN 240 - Food, Culture, and Society  
SOAN 266 - Neighborhoods, Culture, and Poverty  
SOAN 268 - Migration, Identity, and Conflict  (POL 268)
SOAN 278 - Health and Inequality: An Introduction to Medical Sociology  
SOAN 288 - Childhood