While the concept of “culture” is constructed differently in different fields, it remains a crucial rallying point for shared identities within groups, endlessly illustrated in the way collective values and practices are shaped or even policed within a community.
In this practical way, culture overlaps considerably with systems of education, law, government, religion, and a variety of other symbolic domains, often inflected by language and ethnicity — all of which tend to create or reinforce expectations, worldviews, “belongingness,” identities, and more.
While it is possible to identify innumerable sub-cultures and sub-sub-cultures, the minor in Cross-Culture Studies at Carleton focuses especially on:
- How larger cultural communities engage with difference from within and without;
- How substantially diverse communities interact; and
- How they comprehend one another.
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