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Diversity Studies

Course Descriptions

DIVST 100: Introduction to Diversity Studies:CD

Credits: 5.0

Introduction to the issues, concepts, theories and research of diversity studies. Topics include race, class, gender, oppression and suppression, ethnicity, and privilege. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL 100.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Define the characteristics and social patterns of diversity and pluralism.  [REASON] 
  2. Explain, analyze and apply major perspectives, theories, and concepts in diversity studies.  [REASON] 
  3. Define how identity is culturally constructed.  [EXPLORE] 
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical concepts of race, gender,class, power, privilege, and oppression in the United States.  [EXPLORE] 
  5. Describe cultural identity and the way it shapes the perception of self and others.  [ACT] 
  6. Identify and assess empirical research findings to critically analyze issues related to diversity.  [REASON] 

DIVST 115: The Sociology of Gender:CD

Credits: 5.0

The study of how gender shapes the experiences of men and women in our social institutions, such as the family, work, media, and education. Consideration of how gendered experiences differ by race, ethnicity, and social class. Focus on cultural diversity and U.S. society in global context. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL 100. Crosslisted as: SOC 115.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Be able to apply micro and macro level theories (including symbolic interaction, labeling theory, conflict theory, structural functionalism) to gender roles.  [REASON] 
  2. Acquire a basic knowledge of current empirical research findings regarding gender roles.  [REASON] 
  3. Better understand basic societal structures and processes. [REASON] 
  4. Analyze the construction of gender roles in their own lives. [REASON] 
  5. Gain proficiency and confidence in their ability to sociologically analyze (through writing) social phenomena.  [COMMUNICATE] 
  6. Gain knowledge of the range of cross-cultural variations in gender roles.  [EXPLORE] 
  7. See how gender, race and class are integrated social forces.  [EXPLORE] 
  8. Identify and articulate their personal values relevant to gender roles.  [ACT] 

DIVST 117: African-American History to 1865:CD

Credits: 5.0

Examines the African-American historical experience from its West African origins through the end of the Civil War, emphasizing those individuals, groups, movements, events, issues, and ideas that shaped early African-American civilization. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL 100. Crosslisted as: HIST 104.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Identify seminal events, movements, and institutions in European history during the period between the late Middle Ages and the end of the Napoleonic Wars, along with the key figures, groups, and ideas that contributed to their creation and development.  [REASON] 
  2. Compare/contrast the philosophies, issues, and actions of different geographic regions, time periods, religions, races, and/or social status.  [REASON] 
  3. Examine and evaluate historical information/arguments from different source forms.  [REASON] 
  4. Express their findings in formal/informal writing, classroom discussion, online discussion, research projects, and/or oral presentation.  [COMMUNICATE] 
  5. Apply knowledge, awareness, and/or skills to identify and analyze issues related to diversity.  [EXPLORE] 

DIVST 118: African-American History from 1865-1945:CD

Credits: 5.0

Examines the African-American historical experience from the end of the Civil War until the end of World War II, emphasizing individuals, groups, movements, events, issues, and ideas that shaped African- American civilization after the end of slavery. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL 100. Crosslisted as: HIST 105.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Identify seminal events, movements, and institutions in European history during the period between the end of the Napoleonic Wars until the present, along with the key figures, groups, and ideas that contributed to their creation and development.  [REASON] 
  2. Compare/contrast the philosophies, issues, and actions of different geographic regions, time periods, religions, races, and/or social status.  [REASON] 
  3. Examine and evaluate historical information/arguments from different source forms.  [REASON] 
  4. Express their findings in formal/informal writing, classroom discussion, online discussion, research projects, and/or oral presentation.  [COMMUNICATE] 
  5. Apply knowledge, awareness, and/or skills to identify and analyze issues related to diversity.  [EXPLORE] 

DIVST 119: African-American History from 1945:CD

Credits: 5.0

Examines the African-American historical experience from the end of World War II through the 1970s, emphasizing those individuals, groups, political and artistic movements, events, issues, and ideas that shaped modern African-American civilization. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL 100. Crosslisted as: HIST 106.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Identify seminal events, movements, and institutions in African-American history after World War II, along with the key figures, groups, and ideas that contributed to their creation and development.  [EXPLORE] 
  2. Compare/contrast the philosophies, issues, and actions of different African-Americans from different regions, time periods, and/or social status.  [REASON] 
  3. Compare/contrast the experiences of African-Americans with those of other diverse populations.  [REASON] 
  4. Examine and evaluate historical information/arguments from different source forms.  [REASON] 
  5. Express their findings in formal/informal writing, classroom discussion, online discussion, research projects, and/or oral presentation.  [COMMUNICATE] 
  6. Apply knowledge, awareness, and/or skills to identify and analyze issues related to diversity.  [EXPLORE] 

DIVST 125: Race and Ethnic Relations:CD

Credits: 5.0

The study of past and present relations between race and ethnic groups in North America and the effects of immigration on these relations. Focus on causes, forms, and consequences of race and ethnic inequality as well as on resistance strategies. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL 100. Crosslisted as: SOC 125.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Apply major sociological perspectives, theories, and concepts to the analysis of issues related to race and ethnicity.  [REASON] 
  2. Identify and assess empirical research findings to critically analyze issues related to race and ethnicity.  [REASON] 
  3. Analyze and assess the ways in which people influence racial and ethnic relations and examine the role collective behaviors play in changing these relations.  [REASON] 
  4. Analyze the ways in which race and ethnicity are part of social institutions and assess the impact of socialized institutions on people's lives.  [REASON] 
  5. Describe and analyze the relationship between historical and contemporary inequality with respect to race and ethnicity.  [REASON] 
  6. Explain and analyze the intersections of race and ethnicity with gender, social class, sexuality, and other social identities.  [EXPLORE] 
  7. Explain and evaluate the ways in which individuals' social positions and identities shape their attitudes and views regarding race and ethnicity.  [EXPLORE] 
  8. In individual and group projects, communicate an understanding of sociological principles and their application to race and ethnicity both orally and in writing.  [COMMUNICATE] 
  9. Apply knowledge, awareness, and/or skills to identify and analyze issues related to diversity.  [EXPLORE] 

DIVST 130: American Religious Diversity:CD

Credits: 5.0

Diversity of American religious experiences from historical and cultural perspectives, including the interaction between globalization, immigration, ethnicity, and culture in American Indian, Western, and Eastern traditions. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL 100. Crosslisted as: ANTH 130.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Evaluate and apply social scientific (economic, psychological, sociological, and cultural) theories of religion.  [REASON] 
  2. Examine and evaluate anthropological theories of ethnicity.  [REASON] 
  3. Discuss diverse religious beliefs with peers in classroom.  [COMMUNICATE] 
  4. Analyze religious communities using social scientific theories.  [REASON] 
  5. Present, in writing and/or orally, results of theoretical analyses and ethnographic research.  [COMMUNICATE] 
  6. Reflect on the connection between service and learning in service-learning project.  [COMMUNICATE] 
  7. Examine and evaluate the historical impact of immigration, politics, economics and globalization on American religious experiences.  [EXPLORE] 
  8. Compare and contrast the beliefs, growth, development, and success of American Indian, Christian, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim, Baha'i, Hindu, and/or Buddhist traditions in the Americas.  [EXPLORE] 
  9. Conduct an ethnographic research project examining a religious community different from one's own.  [EXPLORE] 
  10. Conduct a service-learning project in partnership with a local religious community, government agency, tribe or nonprofit.  [ACT] 
  11. Apply knowledge, awareness, and/or skills to identify and analyze issues related to diversity.  [EXPLORE] 

DIVST 150: Global Economic Development: CD

Credits: 5.0

The structure and functioning of the world's emerging economies are studied through a historical context with case studies and analysis of current events. Crosslisted as: ECON 150.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Describe the major obstacles to growth and modernization in emerging economies.  [COMMUNICATE] 
  2. Apply theories of development and growth to various countries.  [EXPLORE] 
  3. Analyze the main issues involved with central economic planning and socialist systems.  [EXPLORE] 
  4. Describe comparative advantage and its role in foreign trade.  [COMMUNICATE] 
  5. Demonstrate how global influences affect development, growth, and a variety of social indicators.  [REASON] 
  6. Apply knowledge, awareness, and/or skills to identify and analyze issues related to diversity.  [EXPLORE] 

DIVST 151: Health in Society:CD

Credits: 5.0

Introduction to social factors shaping health and illness. Disease patterns by social positions (e.g., social class, gender, race, nationality); causes, consequences, and prevention of illness; healthcare systems, settings, and providers. Focus on cultural diversity and U.S. society in global context. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101. Crosslisted as: SOC 150.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Apply major sociological perspectives, theories and concepts to the analysis of issues related to health.  [REASON] 
  2. Identify and assess empirical research findings to critically analyze issues related to health.  [REASON] 
  3. Analyze and assess differences in patterns of health and illness related to nationality, race and ethnicity, social class, gender, and other social identities.  [EXPLORE] 
  4. Explain and analyze the ways in which conceptualizations of health and illness differ according to cultural groups and socioeconomic backgrounds.  [EXPLORE] 
  5. Explain and analyze how illness and its spread can be prevented or reduced in ways that are sensitive to cultural and economic differences between social groups.  [REASON] 
  6. Compare and contrast healthcare systems across nations.  [EXPLORE] 
  7. Explain and evaluate the ways in which individuals' social positions and identities shape their attitudes and views regarding health.  [EXPLORE] 
  8. In individual and group projects communicate an understanding of sociological principles and their application to health both orally and in writing.  [COMMUNICATE] 
  9. Apply knowledge, awareness, and/or skills to identify and analyze issues related to diversity.  [EXPLORE] 

DIVST 156: Special Topics in Social Science:CD

Credits: 5.0

Course deals with diversity-related issues. Topics vary. Credits count toward the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science distribution requirement in Social Science.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in learning objectives, as determined by the supervising instructor.  [ACT] 

DIVST 157: Special Topics in Humanities:CD

Credits: 5.0

Course deals with diversity-related issues. Topics vary. Credits count toward the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science distribution requirement in Social Science.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in learning objectives, as determined by the supervising instructor.  [ACT] 

DIVST 200: Introduction to Women's Studies:CD

Credits: 5.0

Introduction to methods/concepts of interdisciplinary field of Women's Studies. Examines historical/cultural constructions of gender, race, class, sexuality. Includes women's histories/ identity, family/work, body politics/health, violence, creativity/ empowerment, resistance. Prerequisite(s): Eligibility for ENGL 100. Crosslisted as: WOMEN 200.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Apply key concepts and theories from the field of Women's Studies to a broad spectrum of historical, political, international and social issues.  [REASON] 
  2. Reason and think critically about gender relations and women's positions from a wide variety of theoretical perspectives.  [REASON] 
  3. Analyze and explore relationships between sociopolitical institutions and individual experience.  [EXPLORE] 
  4. Explore overlapping meanings and constructions of race, class, gender, and sexuality.  [EXPLORE] 
  5. Compare and contextualize the histories, stories, and current situations of different groups of women, by race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, and physical ability.  [REASON] 
  6. Examine the ways that intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender shape life experience and identity formation.  [EXPLORE] 
  7. Identify and assess empirical research findings to critically analyze issues related to women's positions and experiences.  [REASON] 

DIVST 210: Masculinities in the U.S.: CD

Credits: 5.0

Investigating masculinity/ies in the U.S. in relationship to power, social class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, homophobia and family structure. Focus on media representations of masculinity and their interaction with the process of socialization.  

Course Level Objectives

  1. Contrast constructions of 'sex' (biological origins) with constructions of 'gender' (social origins).  [REASON] 
  2. Define and analyze constructs of masculinity in contrast to constructs of femininity.  [REASON] 
  3. Analyze institutional and structural inequality with respect to gender and sexuality.  [EXPLORE] 
  4. Define and analyze constructs of masculinity and homophobia in American culture.  [EXPLORE] 
  5. Analyze the impact of changing family patterns on the family structure in American culture.  [EXPLORE] 
  6. Demonstrate a critical understanding of how masculine identities develop, how they are changing, and how they affect individuals and groups.  [REASON] 

DIVST 215: Francophone Cultures:CD

Credits: 5.0

Course will survey the history, culture, geography, and current political climate of selected French-speaking communities, including but not limited to, Haiti, Quebec, Louisiana, North Africa, and West Africa. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 100 with a 2.0 or higher or placement in ENGL& 101. Crosslisted as: FRCH 210 and HUM 210.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Acquire and enhance cultural sensitivity and competence of the French speaking world.  [REASON] 
  2. Understand the impact of cultural differences within the French speaking nations.  [EXPLORE] 
  3. Develop necessary foundation and tools to become culturally competent and acquire better understanding of the cultural and political challenges facing the French speaking world and multicultural workplaces.  [EXPLORE] 
  4. Learn practical tools to reduce cross-cultural misunderstanding and encourage positive cross-cultural and working relationships.  [REASON] 
  5. Apply knowledge, awareness, and/or skills to identify and analyze issues related to diversity.  [EXPLORE] 

DIVST 256: Special Topics in Social Science:CD

Credits: 5.0

Course deals with diversity-related issues. Topics vary. Credits count toward the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science distribution requirement in Social Science.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in learning objectives, as determined by the supervising instructor.  [ACT] 

DIVST 257: Special Topics in Humanities:CD

Credits: 5.0

Course deals with diversity-related issues. Topics vary. Credits count toward the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science distribution requirement in Social Science.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills in learning objectives, as determined by the supervising instructor.  [ACT] 

WOMEN 200: Introduction to Women's Studies:CD

Credits: 5.0

Introduction to methods/concepts of interdisciplinary field of Women's Studies. Examines historical/cultural constructions of gender, race, class, sexuality. Includes women's histories/identity, family/work, body politics/health, violence, creativity/empowerment, resistance. Prerequisite(s): Eligibility for ENGL 100. Crosslisted as: DIVST 200.

Course Level Objectives

  1. Apply key concepts and theories from the field of Women's Studies to a broad spectrum of historical, political, international and social issues.  [REASON] 
  2. Reason and think critically about gender relations and women's positions from a wide variety of theoretical perspectives.  [REASON] 
  3. Analyze and explore relationships between sociopolitical institutions and individual experience.  [EXPLORE] 
  4. Explore overlapping meanings and constructions of race, class, gender, and sexuality.  [EXPLORE] 
  5. Compare and contextualize the histories, stories, and current situations of different groups of women, by race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, and physical ability.  [REASON] 
  6. Examine the ways that intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender shape life experience and identity formation.  [EXPLORE] 
  7. Identify and assess empirical research findings to critically analyze issues related to women's positions and experiences.  [REASON] 
  8. Apply knowledge, awareness, and/or skills to identify and analyze issues related to diversity.  [EXPLORE]