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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.
Strategies for social change are among the most challenging to study and to implement, especially given the sense that consumer-oriented systems are unstoppable. For this reason, learning how to problem-solve, take direct action, and identify positive ways of conflict resolution are key for students' success in a wide range of vocations, ranging from social services to governmental and non-profit organizations, at all levels from local to international. This major will be especially appealing to offices of diversity in corporate or university settings and to community-based non-profit organizations. The program aims at transformative knowledge, changing consciousness and shaping leaders who are less susceptible to short-term answers at the expense of long-term sustainability of the environment and communities that must share the world.
• Theme-based and problem-based, interdisciplinary rather than discipline-based
• Long-term solutions for community sustainability
• Process of societal change, with emphasis on issues of race, class equity and community health
The major in diversity & community studies requires a minimum of 33 semester hours and a minor. If the minor is fewer than 21 hours, students will need to select additional electives from any of the categories below to make up the difference.
The following courses are required for the major (15 hours):
CSJ 200: Introduction to Social Justice
DCS 300: Public Problem-Solving
AFAM 190: The African American Experience
GWS 200: Introduction to Gender & Women's Studies
DCS 400: Capstone in Diversity & Community Studies
Students are required to take an additional 18 hours of electives, selecting at least six hours from the following three categories:
Formations of identity and narratives of oppression (minimum of 6 hours):
Advocacy and social change (minimum of 6 hours):
Systems, Local to Global (minimum of 6 hours):