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Diversity Studies Minor

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Diversity Studies Minor

The Diversity Studies minor at Viterbo University is an interdisciplinary program which begins to prepare students for working and interacting in the 21st century. This minor provides opportunities for students to take courses of interest across various content areas focused upon racial and ethnic diversity, global studies, history, or diversity and justice issues. Students may also choose to meet some of the minor’s requirements through a study abroad experience.

Why Minor in Diversity Studies?

According to the U.S. News and World Report, some of the advantages of studying diversity are:

  • Expanding worldliness
  • Enhancing social development
  • Preparing students for future career success
  • Preparing students for work in a global society
  • Increasing students' knowledge base
  • Promoting creative thinking
  • Enhancing self-awareness
  • Enriching the multiple perspectives developed by a liberal arts education

Additionally

According to demographers, the U.S. will become increasingly diverse by the year 2050 so this option complements many majors and is a good fit for the 21st century. Numerous studies show that employers are looking for employees who are able to work with people from diverse backgrounds and who demonstrate intercultural skills. This is true across occupations ranging from business to medicine to human services.

Program of Study

Choose from a variety of courses that may count toward general education and other requirements. Students must choose from at least three areas, for a total of 15 credits, to fulfill the requirements of the minor. In addition to the one required course (SOCL 320), students must complete an additional 12 credits from support courses. Students must choose courses from at least three areas: global studies, history, justice, or study abroad.

Quotes

"We have no hope of solving our problems without harnessing the diversity, the energy, and the creativity of all our people."
—Roger Wilkins

“Difference is of the essence of humanity. Difference is an accident of birth and it should therefore never be the source of hatred or conflict. The answer to difference is to respect it. Therein lies a most fundamental principle of peace: respect for diversity.”
—John Hume

"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."
—Maya Angelou

“Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity.” and “Intercultural dialogue is the best guarantee of a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.”
—Robert Alan

For More Information

Marlene Fisher, Associate Professor, Sociology and Criminal Justice
Murphy Center 510
P608-796-3725
mrfisher@viterbo.edu