Diversity Studies Courses

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The following course list includes all options for this minor. The typical offerings listed for each course are estimates and subject to change. Work with your advisor when scheduling your classes each semester.

  • AAS 100 Introduction to African American Studies

    General Education Course (Focus on Humanities).

    The course provides a multidisciplinary introduction of the many dimensions of the African American experience, including the African heritage and diaspora, slavery and freedom, African American artistic and literary expression, and the problem of racism in American society.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • ANT 100 World Cultures

    General Education Course (Focus on Cultural Competence).

    An exploration of cultural differences throughout the world, with emphasis on nonwestern societies, from the perspective of cultural anthropology.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offeredCORE 42 (MOTR) equivalent
    330Fall, SpringANTH 201 - Cultural Anthropology.
  • ANT 365 Human Variation

    Prerequisite: ANT 304, or BIO 101 and 111, or BIO 121, or BMS 100 and 101, or BMS 110 and 111.

    An examination of ways in which humans have adapted both genetically and physiologically to a wide variety of environments and how these adaptations have produced the biological variation seen in contemporary human populations. Major topics will include historical and current approaches to classifying human groups, human growth and development, adaptation and acclimatization to specialized environments, genetic disease, and tracing lineages through DNA analysis. It will also explore recent studies relating human biology to social constructs such as gender, race, ethnicity, and intelligence.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • COM 360 Intercultural Communication Theory and Research

    Prerequisite: COM 209 and COM 210 and COM 260.

    A survey of intercultural communication theory, research, and contemporary applications.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • CRM 415 Difference and Diversity in Criminology

    Prerequisite: CRM 210 and CRM 250 and CRM 260 and CRM 270.

    Students will examine how identities, such as race, class, and gender, impact criminal offending, victimization, and professionalism in the criminal justice system. Students will be encouraged to develop a deeper understanding of cultural competency and will conduct academic research in an effort to develop an understanding of the social and criminal justice related factors that create challenges to achieving cultural diversity and the ethical treatment of diverse groups.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • DAS 100 Introduction to Disability Studies

    This course provides a multidisciplinary introduction to the many dimensions of Disability Studies, including the history, social, cultural, political, legal, and economic perspectives on disability in American society.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • EDC 345 Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity

    Prerequisite: EDC 150 or SEC 302 or CFD 260 or ELE 302 or SPE 310 or KIN 200 or MUS 200 or concurrent enrollment.

    An introduction to cultural issues, diversity, and related perspectives in education. Examination of individual differences in ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, gender, exceptionalities, language, religion, sexual orientation, and geographic area in the context of education and society. Development of skills, knowledge, and dispositions related to teaching and learning in varied settings with diverse learners required of all educators to be effective in a global society.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring, Summer
  • ENG 354 Ethnic American Literature

    Prerequisite: ENG 110.

    Study of representative literary works by African American, Hispanic American, Native American, or other minority authors. May be repeated to a total of 6 hours if topic is different. Variable content course.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall
  • ENG 355 African American Literature

    Prerequisite: ENG 110.

    Survey of representative works of fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction in the context of social and cultural movements. Identical with AAS 355. Cannot receive credit for both ENG 355 and AAS 355.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Spring
  • GBL 250 Introduction to Global Studies and Globalization

    Provides students with the basic elements of global studies in order to make them educated persons who have a global awareness; and familiarizes them with the various trends or dimensions of globalization by focusing on geographic, cultural, political, and economic aspects of globalization.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • GST 170 Sex, Gender, and Self

    An introduction to Gender Studies that explores the influence that ideas about sex, gender, and gender roles have on women and men, both as individuals and as social beings. Using new research on gender in many disciplines, it examines representations of male and female experiences, and historical and social constructions of women's and men's roles.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • HST 331 African American History I

    Recommended Prerequisite: HST 121 or AAS 100. Survey of the experiences of Americans of African descent to 1865. Emphasis on African heritage; African-American contributions and institutions; slavery and quasi-freedom. Identical with AAS 331. Cannot receive credit for both HST 331 and AAS 331.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • HST 332 African American History II

    Recommended Prerequisite: HST 122 or AAS 100. Continuation of HST 331, 1865-present. Emphasis on the struggles for racial justice; protest organizations, philosophies and tactics. Identical with AAS 332. Cannot receive credit for both HST 332 and AAS 332.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • PSY 304 Abnormal Psychology

    Prerequisite: PSY 121.

    Psychopathology and the systems of classification, methods of assessment, and modes of treatment from research, clinical, ethical, and cultural perspectives.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring, Summer
  • PSY 307 Human Sexuality

    Prerequisite: PSY 121.

    A balanced and comprehensive perspective of the field of human sexuality. Content includes the psychological, physiological, and interpersonal variables of human sexuality.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • REL 100 Introduction to Religion

    General Education Course (Focus on Cultural Competence).

    Investigates what religion is and does, compares culturally diverse religious ideas and practices. This course explores how religion influences the relationship between individual and community by examining religious ethical systems, and providing community engagement opportunities.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offeredCORE 42 (MOTR) equivalent
    330Fall, SpringRELG 100 - World Religion.
  • REL 131 Religion in America

    General Education Course (Focus on Social and Behavioral Sciences).

    A historical survey of different religious groups in America and their contributions to American identity and values. Includes the connections between religious affiliation and race, ethnicity, gender, politics, the media, and other aspects of U.S. society and culture.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring
  • REL 210 Paths of World Religions

    General Education Course (Focus on Cultural Competence).

    A global survey of religious movements, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Students will learn how these religions have affected individual and cultural identities in history and in the contemporary world.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offeredCORE 42 (MOTR) equivalent
    330Fall, SpringRELG 100 - World Religion.
  • REL 390 Religion in Society

    Examines the relationship between religion and its social context. Students will explore the social nature of individual religious institutions. The relationship between religion and modernity will be studied. The course will pay special attention to the role of religion in American society, as well as the religious dimensions of class, gender, region, and race/ethnicity. Identical with SOC 390. Cannot receive credit for both REL 390 and SOC 390.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • SOC 150 Introduction to Society

    General Education Course (Focus on Social and Behavioral Sciences).

    The study of society including its structure and operation from the perspective of sociology. The course focuses on ways society is constructed by people and, in turn, on the ways society shapes people. This general education course supplies students with a community as well as global, multicultural understanding of society.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offeredCORE 42 (MOTR) equivalent
    330Fall, SpringSOCI 101 - General Sociology.
  • SOC 336 Race and Ethnicity

    This course explores the social construction of race and ethnicity. Issues of differential power between racial and ethnic groups and the economic, political, and social structures which are utilized to maintain these power differences are identified. Social movements and social policies designed to address social inequality, prejudice and discrimination are also examined. Identical with AAS 336. Cannot receive credit for both SOC 336 and AAS 336.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • SOC 337 Sociology of Gender

    This course focuses on gender differences, patterns, and inequalities. It analyzes the social construction of gender, femininities and masculinities, gender socialization, and how gender intersects with race, class, and sexuality. Specific attention is paid to the significance of gender in interaction, culture, and social institutions, including work, politics, media, and the family.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • SOC 375 Social Forces and Aging

    Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

    This course examines the aging process, demographic trends, and the social, economic, and social-psychological aspects of aging in the United States. Students will be introduced to current theories on aging in social gerontology and their application to the everyday lives of older people. Topics of interest include social attitudes toward aging, family and social bonds, work and retirement, gender issues, ethnicity and aging, living environments, and approaches to aging well. Students will learn about the role of federal, state and local agencies in meeting the needs of the elderly. Identical with GER 375. Cannot receive credit for both GER 375 and SOC 375.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • SOC 390 Religion in Society

    Examines the relationship between religion and its social context. Students will explore the social nature of individual religious institutions. The relationship between religion and modernity will be studied. The course will pay special attention to the role of religion in American society, as well as the religious dimensions of class, gender, region, and race/ethnicity. Identical with REL 390. Cannot receive credit for both SOC 390 and REL 390. May be taught concurrently with SOC 790. Cannot receive credit for both SOC 390 and SOC 790.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Upon demand
  • SWK 219 Human Diversity

    General Education Course (Focus on Cultural Competence).

    Content and skill development pertinent to working with diverse racial, cultural, ethnic, and other populations such as persons with physical disabilities and mental illnesses. This course is designed primarily to inform and sensitize individuals for effective interventions within a heterogeneous society. A grade of "C" or better is required for admission to the BSW program.

    Credit hoursLecture contact hoursLab contact hoursTypically offered
    330Fall, Spring