Intersecting Identities and Relationships – Human beings are social animals. Communication is the process by which we seek, build, maintain, support, and end relationships. This option explores how individuals, groups, and cultures navigate who we are, and how we are with one another. Through analysis of contemporary and historical examples of discourse and research, courses in this area will look at how social identities like race, social class, gender, sexuality, and nationality, both shape, and are shaped by, our relationships with others. This option is ideal for students who enjoy analyzing relationships, reflecting on the development and maintenance of identity, and learning how we can better communicate across lines of difference. Career paths in this area include: non-profit, organizational, and educational consulting; corporate training; law; higher education administration; human resources; and management.