Student Clusters

Cultural Diversity

Cultural Diversity engages students in critical analyses of the historical and contemporary cultural landscape with a focus on the social constructions of race, ethnicity, class, disability, gender, sexuality, citizenship, and religion.

Research Methods and Data Analysis

Research Methods and Data Analysis focuses on creating and presenting information for multiple audiences through collecting, organizing, analyzing, and interpreting qualitative and quantitative data. Students will be prepared to identify and define complex problems, design and analyze research, and interpret qualitative and quantitative data in a variety of work settings.

Global Studies

Global Studies explores past and present processes of globalization, emphasizing the complex interactions among these global processes, regional and local cultures, and societal structures.

Digital & Media Studies

Digital and Media Studies explores multiple perspectives of how information or content is created and distributed in digital media, as well as the role and impact of those media on human interactions. Students will be prepared to work in a variety of communication-based industries as well as government and nonprofit settings.

Environment & Sustainability

Environment and Sustainability explores the biological, geological, ecological, political and social dimensions of environmental and natural resource issues involving environmental policy, resource management, climate culture, biodiversity conservation and human health. Students studying this cluster area will gain the knowledge and analytical skills needed to shape policy and design sustainable programs for resource management by business and government agencies.

Policy & Security

Policy and Security allows students to build the analytical foundation they will need to understand policy formation, implementation, and evaluation as well as providing students an understanding of the mission, challenges, and methods behind security.

Social Justice Studies

Social Justice studies explores methodological and theoretical frameworks for understanding the advancement of equitable and just social change, through an emphasis on diversity and inclusion

Organizations & Leadership

Organizations and Leadership focuses on understanding the many paths to creating and sustaining organizations, communities, and societies as well as leadership principles that promote organizational excellence such as understanding change, how it occurs, when it is needed, how it affects a group, and persuading individuals and groups to work toward a common goal. This cluster prepares students to become informed participants and leaders in private and public-sector organizations.

Professional & Technical Communication

Professional and Technical Communication develops students’ facility to convey ideas and concepts in business, technology, research, and government. This specialization includes rhetorical theory and conventions for crafting communications for a range of audiences, including specialists and non-experts. Students pursuing this area can choose to prepare themselves to work in corporate communications, marketing, advertising, public relations, technical writing, and grant -writing.

Health, Science & Society

Health, Science, and Society studies how health sciences, medical research, social perceptions and public policy intersect, and how these distinct sectors inform and shape one another. Study in this cluster will prepare students to coordinate the findings of medical and health research with public perceptions and concerns, and develop responsible educational programs and policies to foster community safety and wellbeing.