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Diversity & Community Studies - Current Semester Offerings

Spring 2019

DCS Core Courses:

CSJ 200: Introduction to Social Justice, with D. Cuomo

An introductory study of theories, concepts and strategies of social justice, including individual action, policy, advocacy, and collective action.

DCS 300: Public Problem-Solving, with M. Kerby

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations & Explorations Courses, or junior status. Investigation of historical perspectives and theoretical dimensions of public problem solving with attention to the development of collective power, capacities, and responsibilities.

AFAM 190: The African American Experience, with S. Ardrey, C. Hopson and A. Rosa (Web)

African American life and experiences in the United States viewed from a cross-disciplinary perspective. Seven core subjects are surveyed: African American history, religion, politics, creative productions (music, dance, theatre), economics, social organizations and psychology.

GWS 200: Introduction to Gender & Women’s Studies, with K. Branham, B. Button and W. Wood (Web)

Drawing on historical perspectives and cultural analysis, this course examines such topics as women and work, violence against women, family, and the social construction of gender, sexuality, race, and class.


Approved Electives:

  1. Formation of Identity and Narratives of Oppression (minimum of 6 hours):

DCS 363: Narrative Discourse Prisons, with J. Olmsted

An examination of the ways that prison systems shape self and community through narrative and social theory.

ENG 370: U.S. Ethnic Literature, with C. Keller

Study of literature by Latina/o, Native American, Asian American and/or U.S. writers from additional racial and ethnic groups.

ENG 393: African American Literature,with C. Hopson

Study of literature by African American writers.

FACS 395: Child and Family Stress, with D. Haynes-Lawrence

Acquaint students with major concepts from the research and conceptual literature on family stress and resilience. Examines stress as experienced and perceived by children and their families. Factors that influence children's coping with stress are emphasized. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

HIST 310: Comparative Slavery, with S. Doss

Examines slavery among people of African descent emphasizing the origins, politics, economics, and legacies of African slavery in the Americas, Asia, the Caribbean, and Africa.

PSY 355: Issues in Cross-Cultural Psychology, with A. Paquin

Examines the impact of culture on major principles, theories, and applications of psychology, including social behavior, gender, communication, development and abnormal psychology. Involves interacting with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.  

RELS 333: Women and Religion, with L.  Mukonyora

The examination of primary and secondary sources on women's contributions to western and non-western religious thought.

SOCL 210: Interaction Self & Society, with A. Krull (online)

Study of the individual in social context. Emphasis is on group, social, and cultural factors and their consequences for self-development, role perception, role performance and value orientation.

perceived by children and their families. Factors that influence children's coping with stress are emphasized.


  1. Advocacy and Social Change (minimum of 6 hours):

CSJ 435: Reimagining Citizenship, with D. Cuomo, 

An analysis of the contestations, inclusions and exclusions produced through multiple deployments of the concept, citizenship

HIST 453: American Women's History, with D. Browder

Social, cultural, and political history of American women from pre-colonial times to the present.

PS 373: Minority Politics, with S. Ardrey

A study of the contemporary status and efforts made by African Americans, Hispanics and other minority groups to organize for political action; discusses political and socioeconomic constraints on the development of that power.

PS 331: Politics outside the Box, with J. Kash

Provides insight in the social construction of power by investigating political symbols, characters and argument in popular culture and public policy.

PS 374: Women and Politics, with V. Gordon

An examination of the political, economic and social status of American women from an historical and contemporary perspective; explores issues of concern to women in a political context.

SJB 310: Media Diversity with L. Langton,

Explores journalistic coverage of diversity in terms of race, culture, gender, and sexual orientation in a number of mass media areas including newspaper, radio, television, film, video games, digital media, advertising, and public relations.

SOCL 350: Social Inequality with N. Breazeale,

Analysis of the social origins, development, and persistence of inequality as a human system present in all societies. Course covers systems of stratification in the US (class, race, gender, ethnicity, etc.) used to differentially distribute social rewards. Some sections require a service-learning project. Note: Consent of instructor.


  1. Systems, Local to Global (minimum of 6 hours):

ECON 434: Economics of Poverty and Discrimination, with d. Myers

A study of the economic nature, origins, and public policy aimed at addressing poverty and discrimination in the economy. Topics include social security, food stamps, equal employment opportunity legislation, and other public policies designed to reduce poverty and discrimination.

FLK 330: Cultural Connections and Diversity, with B. Kaufkins

Service learning course that examines the diversity of American culture and engages students in activities to develop skills in working with a variety of cultural groups.

GEOG 225: Visualizing Geography, with D. Keeling

Visualizing Geography uses photographs, maps, and illustrations to explain the diversity of human societies, political systems, resources, and population movement across space and time, from local communities to our incresingly interconnected world.

SOCL 240: Global Social Problems, with J. McMahon (F2F) & D. Lovell (On-Demand)

Examines causes of and responses to critical social problems in different world regions, with a focus on the dimensions and impacts of globalizations. Diverse social theories are applied to interpret problems such as environmental degradation, AIDS, family violence, racism, migration, international poverty, and crime.

SOCL 360: The Community in Rural and Urban Settings, with D. Lovell (On-Demand)

Prerequisite(s): Six hours of sociology. Study of the structure and function of community life and the process of balancing community needs and resources.

SWRK 330: Human Behavior in Social Environments, with J. May

The social, natural, and behavioral sciences are used to examine human behavior across the life span, especially as influenced by ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, and ability. Note: Prerequisite(s):for majors: Admission to the program.

Schedule of Classes

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