Social and Cultural Diversity Gen Ed Requirement

The purpose of the Diversity requirement is to broaden students’ exposure to ways of thinking about how to understand diverse perspectives and more effectively interact with people from different cultures and backgrounds. This requirement is designed to provide students with the experiences needed to meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Students will learn disciplinary or interdisciplinary theories and knowledge necessary to comprehend diverse social, cultural, and political perspectives.

  • Students will develop the ability to understand, articulate, and critically analyze diverse social, cultural, and political perspectives.

  • Students will demonstrate critical awareness of how individual perspectives and biases influence ways of seeing the world.

  • Students will gain knowledge of structural and cultural forces that shape or have shaped discrimination based on factors such as race, ethnicity, language, religion, class, ability, nationality, sexuality, or gender.

  • Students will demonstrate the capacity to listen to and communicate respectfully with others of diverse perspectives.

  • Students will explore and address questions that reflect multiple perspectives to develop a complex understanding of the world.

All diversity courses are expected to meet the learning outcomes listed above. Courses that address DU are primarily (but not exclusively) focused on diversity within the US and those that address DG are primarily (but not exclusively) on diversity outside of a US framework. Students are expected to take a DU or DG course in their first year.

Learn more about UMass Gen Ed requirements and download planning guides.

Diversity Gen Ed Course List