Core Curriculum Diversity Requirements at Fairfield

‌U.S. Diversity

In order to help students develop a critical consciousness of self and society, all undergraduates are required to take one course that gives significant treatment to aspects of diversity and pluralism in U.S. society. Such courses will explore, in a systematic manner, connections among race-ethnicity, class, and gender, and will examine issues of privilege and difference in U.S. society. Additional aspects of diversity may be considered provided that their intersection with race, class, and gender are examined.

A list of courses that currently satisfy the U.S. Diversity requirement follows. Please note that new courses are added each year.

  • AC 345: Federal Income Taxation II*
  • AE 262: Ethics/Community*
  • AE 265: Ethics in Education*
  • AE 291: Business Ethics*
  • AE 397: Seminar in Bioethics*
  • AH 165: Black Experience
  • AH 390: Special Topics*
  • BI 310: Community Nutrition
  • BL 101: Introduction to Black Studies
  • BL 100A/PJ 101A: Special Topics Black Lives Matter
  • BU 320: Employment Law & Discrimination in the Workplace
  • CO 236: Gender, Sexuality, and Media
  • CO 239: Consumer Culture
  • CO 240: Intercultural Communication
  • CO 245: Identities, Discourse, Social Change
  • CO 246: Family Communication
  • CO 338: Media Audiences
  • EC 114: Economics of Race, Class & Gender in the American Workplace*
  • ED 200: Explorations in Education: Introduction to Teaching, Learning and Schooling
  • EN 11: Texts and Contexts I*
  • EN 12: Texts and Contexts II*
  • EN 125/TA 120: American Drama
  • EN 135: Graphic Novel
  • EN 172: Literacy and Language
  • EN 205: Writing the Self: Autobiography in America*
  • EN 261: The African American Literary Tradition
  • EN 262: The Harlem Renaissance
  • EN 263: African American Women Writers
  • EN 264: African American Fiction 1940 to 1980
  • EN 265: Contemporary African American Fiction
  • EN 281: Native American Literature
  • EN 282: Introduction to Latin@ Literature
  • EN 283: Novels and Films in the Asian Diaspora
  • EN 284: American Women Writers of Color
  • EN 352: Cultural Studies Theory
  • EN 336: Seminar on Toni Morrison
  • EN/W 339: Grant and Proposal Writing
  • HI 239: Twentieth-Century America
  • HI 240: Women's Activism - 1960's
  • HI 241: Examining the 60's
  • HI 245: Feminism in America
  • HI 246: Women and Gender in US History
  • HI 257: Who Built America? Working People in American History
  • HI 262: African-American History, 1619-1865
  • HI 263: Inventing Themselves: African-American Women in U.S. History
  • HI 264: African-American History from 1865
  • HI 297: Power, Politics History: US - Latin America
  • HI 342: Immigration & Ethnicity
  • HI 349: 30's in America
  • HR 200: Challenges to West Tradition
  • IS 220: Technology & Society
  • IT 393: The Italian-American Experience*
  • MG 320: Diversity in the Workplace
  • MU 101: The History of Jazz
  • MU 102: History & Development of Rock
  • MU 112: Music of Black American
  • MU 132: Critical Issues of American Popular Music
  • NS 112: Healthcare Delivery Systems
  • NS 250: Dimensions of Professional Nursing
  • PH 360: Critical Race Theory
  • PO 119: Introduction to Feminist Thought
  • PO 153: The Politics of Race, Class & Gender
  • PO 165: Political Parties, Interest Groups & Public Opinion
  • PO 220: Seminar on Feminist Theory
  • PY 111: Developmental Psychology for Non-Majors*
  • PY 212: Developmental Psychology for Majors with Lab
  • RS 213: Jews & Judaism in America
  • RS 235: Liberation Theology
  • RS 236: Christian Feminist Theology
  • RS 275: Islam in America
  • SO 112: American Society
  • SO 151: Sociology of Religion
  • SO 161: American Class Structure
  • SO 162: Race, Gender & Ethnic Relations
  • SO 165: Race, Cities & Poverty
  • SO 169: Women: Work and Sport
  • SO 181: Aids in the United States
  • SO 194: Sociology of Education
  • TA 120: American Drama
  • TA 123: American Women Playwrights
  • TA 241: Examining the 60's
  • WS 101: Women: Feminism, Gender, and Everyday Life

*US Diversity does not apply to all sections or instructors of this course. Please check with the course's department chair or program director for specific sections or instructor information.

World Diversity

In addition to the U.S. diversity course, a world diversity course is required of all undergraduates. This course focuses on a non-Western culture or society, exclusive of Europe and the United States, and their literary, artistic, musical, religious, philosophical, political, economic, or social traditions. Though courses primarily emphasizing North American and European topics will not count toward this requirement, courses focusing on Native American, Russian, and pre-Columbian or Latin American cultures can meet the requirement. Core language courses do not meet this requirement while literature and culture courses may satisfy it. Moreover, such a course will not emphasize international relations or business relations vis-á-vis Europe or the United States. A study abroad experience may satisfy this requirement if it meets with the spirit and letter of this mission statement.

A list of courses that currently satisfy the world diversity requirement follows. Please note that new courses are added each year.

  • AE 270: Ethical Dimensions of Global Violence, War, Terrorism and Humanitarian Intervention
  • AE 275: Ethics and the Global Environment
  • AE 276: Ethical Dimensions in Global Business Policy
  • AE 288: Ethical Dimensions in Global Human Policy
  • AE 289: Health Care Policy
  • AE 384: Reflections on the Environment: Focus on Latin America and the Caribbean
  • AH 012: Introduction to the Art History of Asia, Africa & the Americas
  • AH 100: Arts of India, China & Japan
  • AY 111: Cultural Anthropology
  • AY 130: Societies & Cultures of Latin America & Africa
  • AY 140: Marriage in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • AY 150: Societies & Cultures of Asia & the Pacific
  • AY 152: Islamic Societies & Cultures
  • AY 168: Women & Men: The Anthropology of Gender
  • AY 190: North African Society and Culture
  • BUS 301A: Cross-Cultural Management
  • CI 250/EN 118: Modern China thru Fiction & Film
  • CI 251: New Chinese Cinema
  • CI 252/EN 119: The City and Modern China
  • CO 241: Communication and Culture: East and West
  • EC 120: Environmental Economics
  • EC 230: Comparative Economic Systems
  • EC 235: Economic Development of Third World Nations
  • EN 101: Gateway to Literary and Cultural Studies
  • EN 102: Introduction to Contemporary World Literature
  • EN 105: The African Diaspora: Literature & Culture
  • EN 114/FR 295: Caribbean Literature: History, Culture and Identity
  • EN 354: Theories of/in Globalization
  • EN 375: Caribbean Women Writers
  • EN 376: Global Women's Fiction
  • ETHN 101: Cultural Traditions of Asia
  • ETHN 105: Social Transitions of Asian Society
  • ETHN 215: Japanese Society and Cultures
  • FR 252: Francophone Culture & Literature
  • FR 260: Introduction to Sub-Saharan African Culture
  • HI 220: Ancient African Civilizations
  • HI 271: Introduction to Russian History, Civilization and Culture
  • HI 272: Russia 700-1700 History & Myth
  • HI 275: Russia's Road to Revolution
  • HI 276: St. Petersburg in Russian History
  • HI 277: Mexico: Cortes to NAFTA
  • HI 279: China to 1800
  • HI 280: West & The Middle East
  • HI 281: Portrait of the Arabs
  • HI 282: Social & Cultural History of China & Japan
  • HI 283: Modernization in China & Japan
  • HI 284: Twentieth Cent Russia
  • HI 285: Modern China
  • HI 286: Modern Japan
  • HI 287: Green History of Latin America
  • HI 288: Colonial Latin America
  • HI 289: Modern Latin America
  • HI 291: Africans in the Americas
  • HI 292: African Diaspora
  • HI 293: West Africa & Atlantic System
  • HI 301: Ancient Greece, Rome and Africa
  • HI 363: China in Revolution
  • HI 366: Women in China & Japan
  • HI 367: East Asia in 20th Century American Wars
  • HI 370: Jews of Middle East & North Africa
  • HI 371: Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • HI 376: The Spanish Caribbean: Cuba, Santo Domingo, and Puerto Rico from Columbus to Castro
  • HI 211: The History of Modern China
  • HI 212: Samurai to Citizen: History of Modern Japanese
  • HR 201: Non-Western Culture
  • IL 50: World Regions
  • IL 150: International Operations of Non-Profits
  • IL 197: UN Security Council Crisis Simulation
  • IL 295: Seminar in International Studies
  • IL 295A: Seminar in Human Rights (Spring 2010 only)
  • IL 295B: Seminar on Women, War, Peace (Spring 2010 only)
  • IS 350: International Information Systems
  • LAC 300: Justice & the Developing World: Nicaragua
  • LAC 301: Latin America and the United States
  • LARS 300: World Religions
  • LSES 330: Global Environmental Policy
  • MG 350: International Law
  • MG 385: Managing People for Global Business
  • MG 390: Cross-Cultural Management
  • MK 312: Global Marketing
  • MU 122: World Music History & Ensemble
  • NUGA 230: International Nursing
  • PH 240: Introduction to Asian Philosophies
  • PH 241: Confucianism
  • PH 242: Philosophical Daoism and Zen Buddhism
  • PO 012: Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PO 136/IL 151: Gender, War, and Peace
  • PO 141: African Politics
  • PO 142: Latin American Politics
  • PO 143: Caribbean Politics
  • PO 144: Middle Eastern Politics
  • PO 145: East Asian Politics
  • PO 146: Three Giants in Asia
  • PO 149: Third World: Common Fate? Common Blood?
  • PO 246: Seminar on China
  • PO 249: Seminar on Russia
  • PO 346: Vietnam Seminar
  • RS 101: Exploring Religion: Asian Religions
  • RS 270: Introduction to Islam
  • RS 280: Hinduism
  • RS 285: Buddhism
  • RS 287: Buddhist Thought in India
  • RS 289: Tantrism
  • RS 377: Sufism and Islamic Spirituality
  • RS 388: Buddhist Spirituality
  • SO 184: Population: Birth, Death & Migration
  • SO 185: Introduction International Migration
  • SO 191: Social Change in Developing Nations
  • SP 253: Spanish American Civilization
  • SP 271: Hispanic Film
  • SP 360: Dictatorships and Revolutionary Movements in Contemporary Latin America
  • SP 371: Images of Latin American Indians
  • TA 122: Asian Theatre

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