Studies in American Diversity

As an embodiment of LMU's mission and the university's commitment to diversity, these courses provide students a foundation of critical knowledge and understanding for reflective contemplation that informs, forms, and transforms them as women and men for others. These courses will primarily address 1) investigating the complex historical, political, economic and social context and connections contributing to society's understanding and valuing of diversity; 2) comparing and contrasting the voices and perspectives of different underrepresented groups; 3) analyzing the ways that systems of power and privilege can marginalize and oppress communities and groups in the U.S. and around the world; 4) challenging students to engage in reflective and responsible action in a diverse and interconnected world; 5) recognizing diversity as a strength and valuing differing perspectives.

Courses that fulfill the Studies in American Diversity requirement must engage in a comparative analysis of race and ethnicity and two of the following categories of difference: 1) gender, 2) sexuality, 3) class, 4) faith and religion, 5) differing abilities. Courses may address a variety of fields but must focus on historically marginalized groups and include attention to issues of power and privilege in understanding human diversity. Students who complete this course will

  • understand how systems of power and privilege operate among marginalized and oppressed communities.
  • apply the theories, narratives and methodologies of the course to gain a critical understanding of our diverse contemporary society.
  • understand their life experiences in relation to diverse communities in the U.S. and the world.
  • appreciate difference and critically assess similarity.
  • realize, respect and value the histories and contributions of marginalized groups.

Course Criteria