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Points of Pride – Diversity and Global Issues

Enhanced multicultural understanding and cultural competency is essential to a liberal arts and sciences education that aspires to produce community, professional, and political leaders.

Our faculty endeavor to inspire all our graduates to be meaningfully engaged citizens who act with compassion and integrity within both Dr. Kamau Kemayo delivers a lecture at a literary conference in Jamaica.local and global communities, and who promote active engagement in the problems that affect our society at the local, national, and international levels.

Thus, our College is home to programs that promote a greater understanding of the unique experiences of persons traditionally under-represented in the curriculum. These programs draw from many departments, in addition to teaching interdisciplinary courses of their own.

Representative courses include:

African-American Studies Program

  • AAS 427 African-American History
  • AAS 429 African-American Literature
  • AAS 439 African and Diaspora Music
  • AAS 433 Civil Rights Movement of the Twentieth Century
  • COM 425 Intercultural Communication
  • HIS 453 Minority Women
  • LSC 427 African-American Music

Additional Ethnic Studies Courses

  • ENG 463 Native American Women’s Literature and Culture
  • ENG 466 Multicultural American Women’s Literature
  • ENG 330 Third World Literature/Canon
  • HIS 460 Studies in Latin American History
  • HIS 474 Vietnamese History
  • HIS 476 Modern China
  • HIS 477 Pre-Modern Japan
  • LAS 406 Caribbean Cultures in the U.S.
  • LNG 125 Spanish for Cultural Literacy
  • LSC 426 Older Women Across Cultures
  • PAC 406 Dealing with Diversity
  • PAC 446 Population and Public Policy
  • SOA 231 Cultural Diversity in the U.S.
  • SOA 481 North American Indians
  • SOA 474 Jamaican Society
  • SOA 481 North American Indians: Culture & Ecology
  • UNI 460 Global Experience Seminar
  • UNI 480 Global Experience Program
  • CAP 250 Representations of India

Women and Gender Studies

  • ART 465 Women in Art: Discovering Her Story
  • COM 424 Gender Communication
  • COM 555 Women and Media
  • ENG 461 Major Women Writers
  • ENG 467 Women-Centered Literature
  • HIS 445 Women in American History
  • HIS 458 Women, Health & Healing
  • HIS 481 Women in Chinese & Japanese History
  • LSC 413 Global Women’s Health
  • PAC 411 Women and Work
  • PHI  411 Feminist Theories
  • SOA 452 Sociology of Gender
  • SOA 455 Women in Political Movements
  • SOA 480 Marriage and Family
  • WGS 301 Women, Gender and Society
  • WGS 333 Sexual Orientation and Public Policy
  • WGS 366 Culture, Diversity and Social Work
  • WGS 422 Violence Against Women and Children
  • WGS 425 Sexual Violence
  • WGS 443 Women & Criminal Justice
  • WGS 447 Women in American Law
  • WGS 453 Women Across Cultures

Sexual Orientation/LGBT courses

  • PSY 338 Psychological Aspects of Diversity
  • PAC 404 Sexual Orientation and Public Policy: When Worlds Collide
  • ENG 467 Women-centered Literature