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Diversity Studies students
Undergraduate Certificate in
Diversity Studies

Courses

The online certificate program is a 12-credit program consisting of four 3-credit courses. The courses are offered in a timeframe comparable to a traditional semester, with fixed start and end dates. The course content and activities are delivered in electronic format; access to the web is required in order to complete this program. 

Prescribed Course (3 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Use literature, film, and scholarly texts to explore how conceptions of social difference, such as those linked to categories of gender, race, sexuality, class, ethnicity, and disability, shape society and everyday interactions historically and today.

Additional Courses (select 3 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Explore what it means to be Black in America by engaging with questions about identity and authenticity, freedom and unfreedom, radicalism and reform, gender and sexuality, and the role of music in African American life.

  • 3
    credits

    Review scholarly theories and research pertaining to women’s experiences and women’s status in contemporary American society.

  • 3
    credits

    Explore scholarly theories and research pertaining to women and gender while experiencing examples of contemporary women’s creative practice through the visual arts, media, and popular culture.

    • 3
      credits

      Learn about the dominant themes in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies, with an emphasis on both literary and cultural studies. This course explores the history of modern, Western ideas about sexual identity as manifested in literature, theatre, film, and other narrative forms of popular culture.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Learn about the dominant themes in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies, with an emphasis on both literary and cultural studies. This course explores the history of modern, Western ideas about sexual identity as manifested in literature, theatre, film, and other narrative forms of popular culture.

Supporting Courses (select 6 credits)

    • 3
      credits

      The impact of inequality and discrimination on individual and group identity among various racial and ethnic groups.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      The impact of inequality and discrimination on individual and group identity among various racial and ethnic groups.

  • 3
    credits

    Consideration of influences and forces shaping modern African society; analysis of current local and global problems and issues facing Africa are the central focus of the course.

  • 3
    credits

    The course aims to cast light on contemporary religious life in the United States by looking at the history of American religion.

  • 3
    credits

    This course tells the story of humankind, how we as a species developed, and how modern Homo sapiens have developed more cultural complexity over time, moving, in the last 12,000 years, from a worldwide small population of hunter-foragers to a population so large that it strains the planet's resources, with nation-states competing for the loyalty of their citizens with powerful ethnic and religious enclaves and also with global corporations.

  • 3
    credits

    This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts and evidence used in understanding the cultural diversity of our planet.

  • 3
    credits

    This course is a review of the indigenous cultures of North America, located north of Mexico. It will cover the cultures that developed just prior to, during, and immediately after contact with non-indigenous explorers and pioneers.

  • 3
    credits

    What are the factors that bind and define a region? What makes a geographical area, a set of cultures, or a certain group of people into a single entity? Who decides? Asian history provides a view of how a region is formed and reshaped over time.

  • 3
    credits

    Examines the relationship diverse personal and sociocultural factors (e.g., socioeconomic class, race-ethnicity, gender, age, and sexual orientation) have with health.

    • Prerequisite

      PSYCH 100 or SOC 1

  • 3
    credits

    Interdisciplinary study of gender, examining the interaction of biological, behavioral, and sociocultural factors on health differentials throughout the lifespan.

    • Prerequisite

      BBH 101

  • 3
    credits

    Focus on topics such as language, identity, prejudice, and intergroup relations on a domestic/ international level.

  • 3
    credits

    Ethical issues in public and private communication; role of communication in expressing and realizing individual and social values.

  • 3
    credits

    Explores the literature on gender research in the discipline of human communication.

  • 3
    credits

    History and criticism of public discourse; intensive analysis of selected public addresses and social movements.

    • Prerequisite

      6 credits of CAS

  • 3
    credits

    The development of literature around the world - from epic, legend, lyric, etc. in the oral tradition to modern written forms.

  • 3
    credits

    Comparison of narrative techniques employed by literature and film in portraying different cultures, topics may vary each semester.

  • 3
    credits

    Examines diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in media content, media business, and media practice.

    • 3
      credits

      The criminal justice system is a human creation and some errors are expected. Sometimes guilty parties go free and sometimes innocent people are convicted. In this course, we will employ the perspective of the social scientist to understand why and how wrongful convictions occur.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      The criminal justice system is a human creation and some errors are expected. Sometimes guilty parties go free and sometimes innocent people are convicted. In this course, we will employ the perspective of the social scientist to understand why and how wrongful convictions occur.

  • 3
    credits

    Explores the economic, social, psychological, and political aspects of the deaf culture and its interaction with the majority hearing culture.

    • 3
      credits

      Learn about the dominant themes in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies, with an emphasis on both literary and cultural studies. This course explores the history of modern, Western ideas about sexual identity as manifested in literature, theatre, film, and other narrative forms of popular culture.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Learn about the dominant themes in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies, with an emphasis on both literary and cultural studies. This course explores the history of modern, Western ideas about sexual identity as manifested in literature, theatre, film, and other narrative forms of popular culture.

  • 3
    credits

    An introduction to the culture of France and its impact on the world.

  • 3
    credits

    Physiological, psychological, and social development and intervention from young adulthood through old age.

  • 3
    credits

    Concepts of affectional and sexual orientation over life span, with emphasis on lesbian and gay male personal, family, and community adaptation.

  • 3
    credits

    Students will explore the way people and their environments interact to influence human development through the integration of memoirs and other personal narratives, humanist themes and methods of inquiry, and social science theory and research.

  • 3
    credits

    Contemporary economic, social, and political aspects of the United States and its role as a world power since 1945.

    • 3
      credits

      A study of selected problems in the history of work in the United States, especially since 1877.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      A study of selected problems in the history of work in the United States, especially since 1877.

  • 3
    credits

    A selective overview of the history of imperialism and nationalism in Africa.

  • 3
    credits

    This course explores the life of the Jewish people from Biblical times on, emphasizing cultural, religious, and institutional developments.

    • 3
      credits

      Employment relations and legislative and policy responses to labor force issues of racial and gender inequality.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Employment relations and legislative and policy responses to labor force issues of racial and gender inequality.

    • 3
      credits

      Develop knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to understand and practice effective employment strategies in working with people with disabilities.

      • Prerequisite

        5th Semester standing or 3 credits of LHR

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Develop knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to understand and practice effective employment strategies in working with people with disabilities.

      • Prerequisite

        5th Semester standing or 3 credits of LHR

  • 3
    credits

    This course explores the science and practice of leadership around the globe through pertinent scholarly literature and related instructional resources.

  • 3
    credits

    Overviews scholarship relating to women in positions of leadership in groups and organizations, as well as obstacles to their success.

  • 3
    credits

    This course is designed to increase student awareness of personal, interpersonal, and societal aspects of disability, including how disability can be defined and understood differently in varied individual, institutional, and cultural contexts.

  • 3
    credits

    The course introduces students to the academic study of religion as well as to some of the major religious traditions of the world.

  • 3
    credits

    Leisure from historical and contemporary perspectives, including forces shaping leisure behavior, and relationships among leisure, the environment, and social institutions.

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to the sociological study of aging.

  • 3–4
    credits

    Focuses on historical patterns and current status of racial, ethnic and cultural groups and issues locally, nationally, and internationally.

  • 3
    credits

    The role of gender in shaping contemporary North American patterns of employment, occupational roles, and statuses.

  • 3
    credits

    This course will include an overview of characteristics and learning traits, classification systems, assessment strategies/issues, approaches, and interventions related to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Special emphasis will be given to selecting evidence-based practices and enhancing collaboration among individuals with ASD, their families, and supporting professionals.

  • 3
    credits

    Review scholarly theories and research pertaining to women’s experiences and women’s status in contemporary American society.

  • 3
    credits

    Explore scholarly theories and research pertaining to women and gender while experiencing examples of contemporary women’s creative practice through the visual arts, media, and popular culture.

  • 3
    credits

    This introductory course considers core topics in the field of feminist sexuality studies to both unsettle popular mainstream discourses on sexuality and to aid students in developing a more comprehensive, inclusive, and ethical lens through which to view intersections of gender, sexuality, and the body.

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