The Department of Diversity and Community Studies houses three programs, which offer the following minors or undergraduate certificates: African American Studies (minor); Gender and Women's Studies (minor); Center for Citizenship and Social Justice (certificate).
The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) is a four-year degree program for non-traditional students who do not need or desire the academic specialization involved in traditional majors. Instead, students create a personal academic plan around a chosen area of emphasis. Working with an academic advisor, each student develops a unique degree plan that both fulfills WKU degree requirements and supports professional and personal life goals. BIS offers a degree with an area of emphasis on Social Justice and Equity Studies.
The major in International Affairs requires a minimum of 45 semester hours and leads to a bachelor of arts degree. The International Affairs major is designed to prepare students for success in a global society. It integrates the information, techniques and skills of several disciplines including political science, economics, history, geography, religion and modern languages to study and understand the complexity of the international environment.
The International Business major provides a broad international business perspective for students who wish to be employed by businesses that have international presence. This includes both big businesses such as GM, Ford, IBM as well as small to medium (SME) size multinational corporations.
Western Kentucky University offers numerous degrees in areas specific to culture, languages, and religions. To view the list of majors at WKU visit Majors and Minors.
Intercultural Student Engagement Center is located in Downing Student Union Room 2041
International Enrollment Management is located in the Honors College and International Center Room 3027
Office of the Chief Diversity Officer is located in Downing Student Union Room 2001
Student Accessibility Resource Center is located in Downing Student Union Room 1071
Minority Teacher Recruitment Center is located in Gary Ransdell Hall 2053
Diversity & Community Studies (DCS) House is located at 1532 State Street across from Helm-Craven Library.
WKU Safe Spaces (continuously populated list)
The Black Leadership and Academic Conference (B.L.A.C.) is a student led initiative, which seeks to provide programming that focuses on personal, academic and professional development of minority students, all while enhancing their overall quality of life at Western Kentucky University (WKU). B.L.A.C seeks to offer opportunities to enhance one’s leadership abilities and scholastic performance; all while instilling wisdom of and fostering the culture of the minority student.
Intercultural Student Engagement Center (ISEC) Academy is a Western Kentucky University initiative/program to assist first-year students that identify as students of color (Black, Hispanic/Latin, Asian, Native American, Multiracial) and/or who are first generation, Pell eligible, and have some academic need with their transition, persistence, and graduation from Western Kentucky University. This program is coordinated by the Intercultural Student Engagement Center. We believe that students of color at Western Kentucky University are scholars who will achieve positive change in themselves, the WKU Community, and the world!
The Multicultural Student Leadership Retreat is a time for students of underrepresented populations to come together to learn, build and engage. Students will enjoy two days of interactive sessions, thought-provoking presentations and activities. The retreat usually takes place in March or April.
The Reluctant Readers' Book Club, sponsored by the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer, is designed to introduce students to books that are more reflective of their worldview, all while enhancing a student’s language skills. Students are partnered with a faculty/staff member, and will engage in a short common read for the duration of the semester.
Real to Reel Film Series
The Real to Reel film series highlights relatable stories conveyed on both the big and small screens. These once a month offerings provide students with thought-provoking storylines and visuals, and encourages critical dialogue and reflection. Each film is accompanied by pre-and post-discussion facilitated by a faculty and/or staff member.
The mission of the WKU PRIDE Center is to support all LGBTQIA+, questioning, and allied students at Western Kentucky University. The PRIDE Center works to improve the campus climate for all LGBTQIA+ students by advocating for the respect and safety of all members of the campus community through events and educational opportunities. The PRIDE Center is part of the Intercultural Student Engagement Center, and it collaborates with other campus programs and groups to support students as they complete their educational goals.
True Racial Understanding Through Honest (T.R.U.T.H.) Talks are group discussions designed to engage the campus community in conversations on topics of race, diversity, equity, and inclusion. T.R.U.T.H. Talks’ vision is to educate participants on social justice and intergroup relations, and to prepare them to lead others in creating a more inclusive campus and world. A hallmark feature of the talks includes students, faculty and staff being invited to use interactive technology to assist in retaining anonymity when posing questions and engaging in conversations.