Intergroup Relations

Minor in Intergroup Relations Education

The Minor in Intergroup Relations Education offers students the opportunity to explore social identities in the context of understanding social inequality. Students will gain leadership skills in social justice contexts across myriad intersections of social identity. Students will be able to demonstrate enhanced critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills, as well as learn to navigate situations in their authentic self. The coursework will assist students in focusing on multiple issues in intergroup relations, such as:

  • Multiracial
  • Gender
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Socio-Economic Class
  • White Racial Identity
  • Religion
  • MENA and Jewish Relations
  • International and U.S. Relations
  • Sexual Orientation
  • (Dis)ability Status
  • Students of Color
  • Ableism
  • Educational Justice


Intergroup education focuses on intergroup contact across social identities, the examination of inequality and conflict, and how groups build coalitions in the face of power inequities. The IGR minor is a valuable complement to any major. Now more than ever, it is crucial for students to become competent national and global citizens who are prepared to understand this nation's history and to work across social divisions and conflict toward a more just and peaceful world. Students who earn a minor in intergroup relations education will develop the insight and skills to lead diverse organizations and work effectively across difference.                     

 - Kelly Maxwell, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts


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