Critical Multicultural Studies is the study of the social construction of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and their relationship to power and privilege. Students of Multicultural Studies learn to revisit, re-envision, and re-articulate dominant understandings of United States history and culture. Together students explore dominant modes of understanding, and discuss possible alternatives to these modes of knowing and being. Multicultural Studies conveys practical skills in problem-solving, and recognizing the implications of interdependence among diverse cultures. In Multicultural Studies classes, students build communication strategies rooted in their own identities and access powerful tools for building alliances across major categories of difference.