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Diversity Studies Minor Requirements

The minor in Diversity Studies has two purposes: to teach students about diversity of the United States, with a special focus on gender, and to help students find innovative ways of living within a pluralistic society. For the purposes of this minor, "diversity" encompasses cultural, racial, ethnic, religious, sexual, generational, and physical diversities within the United States. "Gender" is understood as a subset of diversity, and includes the physiology, sociology, or psychology of gender difference, sexual identities, gender stereotypes, and/or social, economic, cultural and historical structures relating to men's and women's status.

The minor is intended to complement students' majors. Its interdisciplinary design introduces students to the different ways the disciplines conceptualize, investigate, and analyze issues of diversity. The program of study will also aid students in refining and expressing their own ideas about diversity, and will encourage them to bring new perspectives to bear on their other areas of study. A capstone seminar will provide students with theoretical tools to integrate the material from their courses with their research or career choices in a sophisticated manner.

Direct all questions related to the Diversity Studies minor to the director of the Diversity Studies Minor: Dr. Deb Esty, in the Psychology Department.

Diversity Studies

Computer Code: DVST

 


15 hours will be selected from a menu of existing courses (Gender Studies and Diversity Studies lists below), and students will also take a 3 credit capstone seminar (DST-463) that will provide students with theoretical tools to integrate the knowledge from the various classes they have taken into a final research project.


Minimum credits required: 18 
(* = Prerequisite Required)


Required Course: 3 credits

DST

463

Seminar in Diversity Studies

3 credits

This is an integrative seminar intended to help students achieve an ability to deal with complex problems relating to the diversity of American society. The course is intended to help students integrate the knowledge they have acquired from their elective courses; conceptual issues will be of great importance. The seminar will culminate in a research paper or other appropriate project. The seminar, which may be team taught, will deal with selected topics chosen by the professors offering the course.


Elective courses:
Choose 15 credits from the following course listing. Choose at least one course from the Gender Studies course list and one from the Diversity Studies course list. To foster an interdisciplinary perspective on diversity, no more than two courses from a single department and no more than two Gender Studies courses may count toward the minor.


Gender Studies courses:

CAS

328

Studies in Communication (when taught as Gender Communications)

3 credits*

ENG

336

Early American Women's Narratives

4 credits*

HPE

263

The History of Women in Sport

3 credits

HPE

263

Gender, Health, and Equity

3 credits

MUC

363D

Gender and Sexuality in Music Scholarship

2 credits

POL

208D

Special Legal Studies: when offered as "Women & Law" or "Sex and the Law"

1-3 credits

PHL

207D

Feminist Philosophy

4 credits

PHL

271D

Philosophy of Sexuality

3-4 credits

PSY

215D

Psychology of Women

4 credits*

REL

293D

Race, Religion & Gender in Movies

3 credits

REL

393

Religion, the Body, and Gender

4 credits

SOC

290D

Gender Roles

3 credits

Seminar and Topics courses as deemed appropriate


Diversity Studies courses:

BUS

409D

Behavioral Theories of Management

3 credits*

CAS

277D

Media and Diversity

3 credits*

CAS

285D

Introduction to Intercultural Communication

3 credits*

CAS

328D

Studies in Communication (when taught as Diversity in America)

3 credits*

ECN

341D

Episodes in the Economic History of North America &
the Caribbean

4 credits

ECN

356D

Urban Economics

3 credits

HIS

170D

Diversity in America

3 credits

HIS

260D

Topics in History (when taught as African-American History)

3-4 credits

LDR

202D

Contemporary Problems in Leadership

3 credits

MUL

228FD

Jazz History

2 credits

POL

202

Major Policy Issues: when topic is appropriate

1-3 credits

POL

263D

Seminar (when topic is Civil Rights)

2 credits

POL

304D

Urban Politics

3 credits

POL

333D

Contemporary Political Voices at the Margins

3 credits

PSY

345D

Multicultural Psychology

4 credits

REL

106I

Hinduism

2 credits

REL

108I

Islam

2 credits

REL

110

Judaism

3 credits

REL

115D

African-American Religious Experience

3 credits

REL

193D

Seminar (when taught as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or King and American Racism)

3 credits

REL

211D

Jewish Liturgical Year

3 credits

REL

218D

American Religious Pluralism

3 credits

REL

293D

Seminar (when taught as History of Gospel Music)

3 credits

SOC

201D

Social Problems

4 credits

SOC

301D

Social Inequalities

3 credits

SOC

302I

Racial & Cultural Minorities

3 credits

SOC

330D

Protests, Movements and Social Change

3 credits*

Seminars and Topics courses as deemed appropriate.

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