Diversity

Everyone knows that people have their differences. Groups are marginalized, silenced, and oppressed based on who they are, what they believe, and how they express themselves. Diversity encompasses multiple dimensions, including but not limited to the social and political constructions of race, culture, nationality, ethnicity, religion, ideas, beliefs, geographic origin, class, sexual orientation and identities, gender, gender identities and expressions, disability, and age.

Courses with a diversity designation (DV) will give you another view of the world—through the eyes of those different than yourself. You’ll explore current and past injustices and see how those in power can shape public perception of peoples’ differences and how societies can adapt to or resist these definitions. You’ll learn how diversity enriches society, come to understand why groups may hold different views on issues, and open your mind to views beyond your own.


HIGHLIGHTED COURSE

English: ENGL22100 Survey of African-American Literature

In this class, the way in which African-American writers establish their own aspects of their literary history will be explored in detail.  Beginning in the eighteenth century and moving forward through the present moment, students will examine the thematic and stylistic progression of this particular era of African American history, and/or significant transformations in their methods of literary expression.  A variety of texts by African American authors will be read followed by discussions regarding racial and gender stereotypes when they are apparent in, or relevant to, the literature the class is analyzing. 

One of the objectives of the course is to learn to identify and assess the literary devices, such as theme, style, narrative point-of-view, form, and structure, an African-American author uses to work together to make meaning within a text.  Another goal is to learn to accept differing views when discussing controversial subjects and to strive for a productive outcome for all involved when having disagreeable conversations.