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Diversity Course Requirement

The purpose of Kent State’s diversity requirement is to help educate students to live in a world of diverse communities, many of which are becoming increasingly permeated with cultural and ideological differences. The study of diversity is intended to promote awareness of local and global differences, to identify shared values, to improve understanding of one’s own culture, and to encourage people to explore and respect differences.

The diversity requirement is part of the university’s broader efforts to encourage, both at the university and beyond, the development of communities in which all members and their contributions are recognized and valued. Diversity courses provide opportunities for students to learn about such matters as the history, culture, values and notable achievements of people other than those of their own national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, physical and mental ability, and social class. Diversity courses also provide opportunities to examine problems and issues that may arise from differences, and opportunities to learn how to deal constructively with them.

Undergraduate students at Kent State are required to complete a two-course diversity requirement, consisting of one with a domestic (U.S.) focus and one with a global focus. One course must come from the Kent Core. The second course may be taken as a second Kent Core, within a major or minor, or as a general elective; or, with dean's approval, by completing one semester of study in another country.

Diversity with Domestic Focus
Diversity with Global Focus

Diversity Criteria and Guidelines

Courses marked K also fulfill the Kent Core; those marked W also fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

Domestic Diversity Focus

Center for Applied Conflict Management (CACM)   
K   
11001    Introduction to Conflict Management (3)   

Communication Studies (COMM)   
K   
26000    Criticism of Public Discourse (3)   

35912    Gender and Communication (3)   

Economics (ECON)   

32083    Economics of Poverty (3)   

English (ENG)   

21001    Introduction to Ethnic Literature of the United States (3)   

21002    Introduction to Women's Literature (3)   

21003    Introduction to LGBT Literature (3)   

33011    African-American Literature (3)   

34021    Women's Literature (3)   

35301    LGBT: Critical Perspectives (3)   

Geography (GEOG)   
K   
17064    Geography of the United States and Canada (3)   

Gerontology (GERO)   
K   
14029    Introduction to Gerontology (3)   

History (HIST)   
K   
12070    History of the United States: The Formative Period (3)   
K   
12071    History of the United States: The Modern Period (3)   

41056    History of Colonial America, 1492-1714 (3)   

41057    Eighteenth-Century America, 1714-1789 (3)   

41070    American Social and Intellectual History, 1876-Present (3)   

Honors (HONR)   
K   
13397    Colloquium: U.S. History I (3)   
K   
13497    Colloquium: U.S. History II (3)   
K   
15297    Colloquium: American Politics (3)   

Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)   

24011    Interpersonal Relationships and Families (3)   

Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC)   
K   
20001    Media, Power and Culture (3)   

Justice Studies (JUS)   

37311    Minorities in Crime and Justice (3)   

37411    Women in Crime and Justice (3)   

Pan-African Studies (PAS)   
K   
23002    Black Experience II: 1865 to Present (3)   

30010    African and African-American Philosophies (3)   

33100    African-American Family in Historical Perspectives (3)   

33110    The Black Woman: Historical Perspectives (3)   

33171    The African-American Community (3)   

33310    Latinos, the African Diaspora and American Society (3)   

Philosophy (PHIL)   

31035    Philosophy and Justice (3)   

31040    Women and Philosophy (3)   

31070    African and African-American Philosophies (3)   

31072    American Indian Philosophies (3)   

Physical Education Professional (PEP)   

25059    Sport in Society (3)   

Political Science (POL)   
K   
10100    American Politics (3)   
K   
10301    Diversity in American Public Policy (3)   

40183    Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties (3)   

40470    Women, Politics and Policy (3)   

Psychology (PSYC)   
K      11762    General Psychology (3)

K      20651    Child Psychology (3)

K      21211    Psychology of Adjustment (3)

K   
22221    Multicultural Psychology (3)   

40625    Development of Gender Role and Identity (3)   

Recreation, Park and Tourism Management (RPTM)   

36040    Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Leisure Services (3)   

36085    Leisure and Culture (3)   

Sociology (SOC)   
K   
12050    Introduction to Sociology (3)   

32560    Sociology of Families (3)   

32565    Sociology of Gays/Lesbians (3)   

32570    Inequality in Societies (3)   

42315    Sociology of Changing Gender Roles (3)   

42568    Race and Ethnic Studies (3)   

42879    Aging in Society (3)   

Special Education (SPED)   

23000    Introduction to Exceptionalities (3)   

Technology (TECH)   
W   
31000    Cultural Dynamics of Technology (3)   

Theatre (THEA)   

41113    Theatre in a Multi-Cultural America (3)   

41114    Gay and Lesbian Theatre (3)   

Women's Studies (WMST)   

30000    Colloquium in Women's Studies (3)   

Global Diversity Focus

Anthropology (ANTH)   


18210  
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)   
K   

18420    Introduction to Archaeology (3)   

38240    Culture and Personality (3)   

48212    Kinship and Social Organization (3)   

48250    Culture and Curing (3)   

48260    Culture Conflict (3)   

48630    Pacific Island Cultures (3)   
W   
48830    Human Behavioral Ecology and Evolution (3)   

Architecture (ARCH)   

45610    (Re)constructing Architecture (3)   

Art History (ARTH)   
K   
22020    Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas (3)   

42025    Art of West Africa (3)   

42026    Art of Nigeria (3)   

42027    Art of Central Africa (3)   

Center for Applied Conflict Management (CACM)   

21010    Cross-Cultural Conflict Management (3)   

22020    International Conflict Resolution (3)   
W   
41010    Reconciliation Versus Revenge: Transitional Justice (3)   

Classical Studies (CLAS)   
K   
21404    The Greek Achievement (3)   
K   
21405    The Roman Achievement (3)   

Communication Studies (COMM)   

35852    Intercultural Communication (3)   

English (ENG)   

34011    World Literature in English (3)   

Dance (DAN)   
K   
27076    Dance as an Art Form (3)   

Geography (GEOG)   
K   
17063    World Geography (3)   
K   
22061    Human Geography (3)   

32080    Politics and Place (3)   

36065    Cities and Urbanization (3)   

37040    Geography of Africa (3)   

37050    Geography of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (3)   

37066    Geography of Europe (3)   

37070    Geography of East and Southeast Asia (3)   

37079    Geography of South Asia (3)   

37084    Geography of South America (3)   

37085    Geography of Central America and Mexico (3)   

History (HIST)   
K   
11050    History of Civilization I (3)   
K   
11051    History of Civilization II (3)   

31140    Modern Latin America (3)   

31143    The African-Brazilian Experience in Culture and Literature (3)   
W   
42397    Colloquium: Women in Europe from Antiquity to Renaissance (3)   
W   
42497    Colloquium: Women in Modern Europe (3)   

Honors (HONR)   
K   
13197    Colloquium: History of Civilization I (3)   
K   
13297    Colloquium: History of Civilization II (3)   
K   
15397    Colloquium: World Politics (3)   
K   
15497    Colloquium: Comparative Politics (3)   

Modern and Classical Language Studies (MCLS)   

21417    Multiculturalism in Today's Germany (3)   

22217    Diversity in Today's Russia (3)   

23217    The Francophone Experience (3)   

28404    The Latin American Experience (3)   

28405    The Spanish Experience (3)   

30376    Novels of Pierre Loti (3)   

37143    The African-Brazilian Experience in Culture and Literature (3)   

Music (MUS)   
K   
22121    Music as a World Phenomenon (3)   

Pan-African Studies (PAS)   
K   
23001    Black Experience I: Beginnings to 1865 (3)   

24407    Caribbean Studies (3)   

34000    Introduction to the African World View (3)   

37143    The African-Brazilian Experience in Culture and Literature (3)   

Philosophy (PHIL)   
K   
11001    Introduction to Philosophy (3)   
K   
21001    Introduction to Ethics (3)   
K   
21020    Comparative Religious Thought I (3)   
K   
21021    Comparative Religious Thought II (3)   

31075    Philosophy and Multiculturalism (3)   

Political Science (POL)   
K   
10004    Comparative Politics (3)   
K   
10500    World Politics (3)   

30530    Asian Politics (3)   

30540    African Politics (3)   

30550    Latin American Politics (3)   

40540    Politics of Development (3)   

40560    Human Rights and Social Justice (3)   

Sociology (SOC)   
K   
22778    Social Problems (3)   

42575    Family Patterns: A World Perspective (3)   

Theatre (THEA)   
K   
11000    The Art of the Theatre (3)   
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