Social and Cultural Diversity

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 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. 

There are two types of diversity courses. Courses that primarily, but not exclusively, focus on diversity within the US are designated DU. Courses that focus primarily, but not exclusively, on diversity outside of a US framework are designated DG. All diversity courses are offered jointly with another Social World designation listed above and will appear on SPIRE as: ALDU, ATDU, HSDU, SBDU, IDU, SIDU, ALDG, ATDG, HSDG, SBDG, IDG, or SIDG. 

 For further information, please see Sen. Doc. No. 17-070. 

The two designations have separate online proposal submission forms, Form DU for the US designation and Form DG for the Global designation. Proposers will use the DU and DG submission forms online.