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Introducing Diversity & Equity

AU’s Diversity and Equity—or DIV—requirement is a 3-credit course designed to be offered in the major or minor, in a Habit of Mind course or as a free elective. These courses attend to issues of power, privilege and inequality that are embedded in social, cultural or economic hierarchies, including (but not limited to) those around race, ethnicity, class, ability, gender, and sexuality. This requirement aims to highlight our faculty expertise in these areas and underscore the university’s commitment to engaging with the larger cultural and political conversation about social equity.

Completing the DIV Requirement

  •  Students satisfy the Diverse Experiences requirement by completing an appropriately designated, in-residence course with a grade of “C” or better.
  • A Diverse Experience course may concurrently satisfy other appropriately designated AU Core, major, minor, or certificate requirements.

Diversity & Equity (DIV)

A. Describe patterns of thought or practices of historically marginalized peoples.

B. Examine how legacies or experiences of oppression and responses to them shape contemporary realities or conditions.

C. Analyze how structural inequalities shape social categories of human difference and how these constructions influence inequalities.

D. Evaluate and reflect on values, policies, or practices needed to develop a more equitable society.

  • AMST-200 American Dreams/American Lives
  • ARTH-336 African-American Art: Slavery to Social Justice
  • HLTH-245 Multicultural Health
  • LIT-225 African Literature
  • LIT-335 Studies in African American Literature
  • PSYC-320 Women and Mental Health
  • RUIR-2231/RUIR-2232 Japanese Culture/Cultural Awareness and Communication (Sequence at Ritsumeikan University)
  • SISU-205 Intercultural Communication
  • SOCY-461 Issues in Transnational Perspective