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Diversity & Community Studies

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Major in Diversity & Community Studies

-(Reference Number 631)

The major in diversity & community studies provides graduates with a critical framework for understanding social systems and structural forms of oppression at local and global scales. Students also gain practical skills of working with others to solve problems related to citizenship and activism. Such knowledge and skills are necessary for a wide range of vocations, ranging from social services to governmental and non-profit organizations, at all levels from local to international. Students majoring in diversity & community studies must earn a minimum of 33 semester hours and must also select a minor. The major leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Are you interested in declaring a Diversity & Community Studies major?

Already a WKU student, but want to major in Diversity and Community Studies?  In order to declare Diversity &Community Studies as your major, you will need to complete the Change of Major Form. This form can be found through Topnet under “Student Services/Student Records.” Please print and complete the form. After completing the form, you will then need to contact the DCS advisor, Dr. Kristi Branham to make an appointment to finalize the form. Once you have met with Dr. Branham, she will fax the Change of Major form to Academic Advising.  Please allow a few days for the change to show up in TopNet.

Scholarship opportunity for any undergraduate student who has officially claimed the minor in African American Studies, or the Center for Citizenship & Social Justice.

Amount - $500-$1,000, to be deposited in the student's WKU account.

Deadline - Check back in the spring for updated deadline.

Click on scholarship nomination to nominate a student.

Travel Funding Opportunities

DCS is committed to supporting opportunities for enrichment and professional development for students and faculty who are active participants in the program.


  • Students enrolled in the major
  • Faculty and staff who have demonstrated a commitment to DCS
  • DCS staff

Examples of travel activities:

  • Presenting a paper on a topic in DCS at any conference
  • Attending a DCS conference
  • Doing research for a project that requires travel
  • Attending a training workshop relevant to the DCS


The amount available for individuals will vary according to how many requests are received, what time of year the request is made, and what other expenses the program is experiencing. The maximum amount per academic year is $300.



Applicants submit a letter, travel request form, and supporting documents. There is no deadline, but applicants are encouraged to apply promptly. Decisions will be made by the DCS Advisor and Department Head.

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Dr. Kristi Branham, DCS Advisor



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 Last Modified 9/14/17