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Diversity-Centric Courses

The list below represents a preliminary effort to identify courses in which diversity plays a prominent role. The faculty named next to each course have described the diversity-related aspects of their classes. Please note that this list is NOT comprehensive and that different sections of the same course may vary. For a full description of each course, including relevant pre-requisites, see the Undergraduate Course Catalog or email the faculty member scheduled to teach the course. Faculty leadership will continue to gather information from faculty about diversity-centric courses.

Departments and Programs

Athletic Training

ATHL 104 Introduction to Athletic Training

K. Henry

This course includes discussion regarding dealing with patients of same and opposite gender and maintaining professionalism.


COM 102 Introduction to Communication

B. Fasolino

This course includes discussions relating to pertinent communications theories regarding a diverse array of topics from gender in communications to media stereotyping.

Computing Technology

CMPT 470 IS Policy

C. Algozzine

IT is a predominantly male dominated industry, and this course examines the need to create policies that enable women in our industry, leadership responsibilities to encourage and include women. It uses Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In for Graduates as the text and examines the many different facets of leadership and increases awareness of self, leadership, and gender differences.


EDUC 101 Foundations of Education

E. Sullivan

This course includes discussions of race/ethnicity, physical ability and attributes, mental health, social class, education equity, gender, religion, and sexuality in education.


ENG 120 Writing for College

M.-T. Miller

Exploring race/ethnicity, mental health, social class, education equity, gender, and religion

ENG 29X Introduction to Children's Literature

M. Fitzgibbons

Explores questions of gender, heteronormativity, and racial/ethnic identity in children's books and the children's publishing industry

ENG 301 History of the English Language

M. Fitzgibbons

Investigates the key roles played by imperialism, racism, and stigmatization in the history of English and related languages, such as Hawaiian Creole English (Pidgin).

ENG 310 Workshop in Playwriting

E. Curley

We discuss, based on readings and primarily based on creative works written by the students in the course, diversity and inclusion. Obviously, as this is a workshop course, the nature and variety of the content depends a great deal on the students enrolled, their artistic endeavors, and their creative output. Theatre is a collaborative art based on humans imitating other humans, and so a workshop in playwriting is necessarily an inclusive place where multiple varied viewpoints are heard and discussed.

ENG 353 Ethnic American Literature

R. DeAngelis

This course looks at issues like discrimination, assimilation, identity, gender, etc.

ENG 373/REST 204 Literature of the Holocaust 

S. Sansola, J. Kotzin

Diversity issues explored through literary readings, film, class discussion, research projects and study abroad

Environmental Science

ENSC 101 Introduction to Environmental Issues

R. Feldman

Environmental threats and their social effects disproportionately affect the poor, girls and women, and people of color.  Religion has teachings as well as biases that can help and hinder our stewardship of the environment

First Year Seminar

FYS 101 Music & the Drama of History

S. Garabedian

Through readings, lessons, and oral and written assignments in this course, we use music as a way to get into the complexities of the twentieth-century U.S. past. Our focus is race, class, gender, and sexuality in the era rock 'n' roll from the 1950s - 1970s.

FYS 101 Bodies, Minds, & Social Norms

M. Fitzgibbons

Course takes an intersectional approach to disability, race, body size, sexuality, & gender


HLTH 202 First Aid & CPR 

K. Henry

Conversations about victims from various backgrounds and how to appropriately manage conditions


HIST 101 Themes in Modern History

J. Peterson

This version of the course focuses mostly on civil rights from 1500-present within the theme of "challenging the master narrative." 

HIST/WMST 130 Introduction to Women's Studies

K. Bayer

This course introduces the development of and stakes involved in the history of women, gender and sexuality studies. We interrogate intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality within the field of study and research.

HIST 205 Introduction to Public History

S. Garabedian

This course introduces undergrads to the rewards and challenges of doing history for a general audience at history museums and historic sites. Specifically, we look at examples of Difficult History, as it is called in the field, including Native American history, race and slavery, and modern war as our windows into the complexities of Public History.

HIST 226 American History I

S. Garabedian

In readings, lessons, and assignments, my approach to U.S. history is issue-based and thematic. My orientation, even in general survey courses, is one that stresses domination and resistance in terms of race, class, gender, and sexuality.

HIST 227 American History Since 1877

R. Rosen

This course examines U.S. History from Reconstruction through the 1980s. Topics include: race and racism after emancipation, racial violence in the west, race and gender in the labor movement, woman suffrage, the development of the welfare state, the civil rights movement, the women's movement, and the conservative backlash. 

HIST 228 America Since 1945

J. Pinna

We cover the political, historical, economic and social aspects and consequences of diversity-related topics.

HIST 248 Medieval Europe

J. Peterson

The entire course is focused around the themes of race, class, and gender that we explore through theoretical essays as well as primary sources.

HIST 249 Early Modern Europe

J. Peterson

Course contains major units on questioning education issues in the Enlightenment and French Revolution, Europeans meeting indigenous populations in the Americas, religious wars, and witch hunts.

HIST 263 Eastern Europe and Russia from 1928 to the Present 

M. O'Sullivan

The course examines the fluidity of ethnic identities in Russian and Eastern Europe as well as how gendered ideas are used for the purposes of political legitimization.

HIST 267 Women in Asia 

K. Bayer

Asian focus to issues pertinent to women's activism over gender and sexuality.

HIST 29X Race in America

S. Garabedian & R. Rosen

This course takes "race" as its key theoretical and historical focus. It also traces the intersectionality of race with other markers of social inequality and identity, including gender, sexuality, and class.

HIST 314 Witchcraft & Sorcery in Pre-Modern Europe

J. Peterson

The entire course is about historiographical problems about why witch hunts occurred and if it was primarily women and if so, who and why.


HONR 3XX Love & Sex in the Medieval World 

J. Peterson

Conceptions of sex, gender, and orientation for male/female in Christian, Jewish, Muslim communities

HONR 3XX Medieval Misfits

J. Peterson

Every reading is about people marginalized for at least one of the following reasons: physical ability and attributes; mental health; social class; education equity; criminology; gender; religion; sexuality

HONR 3XX Medieval Cultures in Contact

J. Peterson

Course material demonstrates how Christian Europe conceived of "foreign" as the other for various reasons (and vice versa)

HONR 370 Environmental Literature 

R. Feldman

Environmental justice & racism are addressed, illustrating how people of color and lower economic class are more affected by environmental problems.


PHIL 39X Ethics of Art 

H. Pratt

Studying and discussing readings on social class, sexuality, multiculturalism and cultural appropriation in relation to the arts


PSYC 207 The Exceptional Child 

F. Cousens
Course explores many disabilities, accommodations and modifications, and acceptance for all abilities.

PSYC 207 The Exceptional Child

M. Simonetty
The course is an introduction to a variety of disabilities.  Primary focus is on the teaching of students with exceptional needs, but the course also covers understanding, tolerance, acceptance and the impact on the family.

PSYC 208 Educational Psychology 

L. Maroney
Discussions on racism, bias, prejudice, LGBT, discrimination, relatedness, etc.

PSYC 222 Community Psychology 

R. Torres
Ecological basis for behavior and service provision.  Understanding different cultural contexts to lead effective community change. Widening adaptive range of all groups within the community. Celebrating rather than pathologizing difference

Public and Nonprofit Administration

MPA 500 Introduction to Public Administration; MPA 505 Human Resource Management in Public Organizations, MPA 530 Organizational Theory & Change, MPA 616 Global Issues in Public Administration

Diversity, equity and inclusion are linked to discussions related to all historical and foundational theories/theorists in major themes taught in the courses

Religious Studies

REST 335 Marriage & Family 

J. McPhee
Marriage equality especially homosexual marriage

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

WMST/HIST 130 Introduction to Women's Studies

K. Bayer
This course introduces the development of and stakes involved in the history of women, gender and sexuality studies. We interrogate intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality within the field of study and research.