For the Diversity requirement, students must pass a minimum of 3 credits in each of the two Diversity categories for a total of 6 credits in courses that have been identified as fulfilling diversity learning goals. Students may count the same course toward both the Diversity requirement and the Distribution requirement.
The diversity requirement addresses the need to prepare students to navigate the complexities of living and working in a diverse and increasingly interconnected world. Diversity courses are designed to provide students with the necessary understanding and analytical skills to successfully function and lead in a multicultural, multiethnic, transnational, and global society. The courses promote historical and/or contemporary understanding of how social differences shape, and have been shaped by, political, economic, and cross-cultural relationships within the United States and the world. Generally courses will explore the ways in which marginalization has occurred and the reasons for this marginalization.
7. United States Perspective (3 credits)
United States Perspective Diversity courses promote historical and/or contemporary understanding of how social differences have shaped social, political, economic, and cross-cultural relationships within the United States. These courses must substantially address one or more forms of diversity (for example: race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, religion, disability).
To fulfill the U.S. Perspective Gen Ed Diversity requirement, students must pass a minimum of 3 credits in courses approved as Diversity-U.S. Perspective courses.
8. Global perspective (3 credits)
Global Perspective Diversity courses address the need for students to learn and think critically about historical and/or contemporary global forces and transnational connections. These courses might: 1) focus in-depth on a particular country or culture outside the U.S., placing it within transnational and global context; 2) address a problem or phenomenon in the context of two or more countries, cultures, or regions; 3) examine global affairs through a comparative framework; 4) be part of a study abroad experience with a substantial cross-cultural component.
To fulfill the Global Perspective Gen Ed Diversity requirement, students must pass a minimum of 3 credits in courses approved as Diversity-Global Perspective courses.