DEI Certificate Program

The DEI certificate will help students to learn about a broad variety of human experiences with a primary focus on the struggle and agency of people and communities who have historically been underrepresented, marginalized or underprivileged based on socially constructed characteristics and structures of power. This certificate is earned by taking four 3-credit courses:  one course must be from the designated Core DEI courses and the other three may be chosen from the general list of DEI courses, many of which will also count as university curriculum courses toward a chosen major or minor.  In addition, students are asked to complete a project/ paper reflecting on aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion either as a part of the core DEI course or as an independent assignment.

An DEI course will have content which:

  • Explores social differences and inequalities
  • Encourages reflection about one’s own biases and beliefs
  • Encourages critique of discrimination
  • Examines peoples’ experiences based on gender, religion, socioeconomic status, age, sexual orientation of other socially constructed characteristics
  • Promotes a more epistemically egalitarian possibility of dialogue and learning
  • Encourages students to listen and learn from other experiences of struggle and agency
  • Promotes exploration on how to positively impact social differences and inequalities

Additionally, Core DEI courses will:

  • Provide opportunities for students to investigate and analyze how people and communities are related, how they differ, what power relations connects them, what things cause these disparities and how these disparities can be mitigated.
  • Explore intersectionality: the simultaneous effects of multiple social constructs, structures, power relations, and identities such as race, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality on the human experience and beyond.
    • Final Project/Paper Objectives
      The final project/ paper of the DEI certificate program may be completed as a part of the DEI core course or as an independent assignment to be submitted to the DEI committee prior to graduation.
      If completed as an independent assignment, the project/paper should be a culmination of concepts of diversity equity and inclusion that the student has learned from their experiences in the DEI coursework and as a result of their time as a community member at Quinnipiac University. This project/paper should:
      • Combine concepts introduced and explored in DEI course to focus on an issue of diversity, equity or inclusion
      • Present this issue as it impacts the community (locally or globally)
      • Suggest meaningful ways to positively influence this issue
    • Core DEI Classes
      Each student must take at least one course from this categoryEN 338 (WGS 338) American Literature by Women of Color
      PS 262 Psychology of Women and Gender (WGS 262):
      HS 210 Contemporary America
      HS 254 Colonial Latin America
      PO 313 Development Globalization and Colonialism
      WGS 211 (AN 210) Cross Cultural Perspectives on Gender, Sex and Sexuality:
      PS 244 Psychology of Prejudice
      WGS 252 (AN 252) The Science of Human Diversity:
    • General DEI Courses

      Students must take courses from this category to equal a total of 4 courses including the Core course(s):LE 250 (WGS 250)
      CJ 232 Women in the Criminal Justice System
      CJ 253 Sexual Violence
      CJ 232 Women in the Criminal Justice System
      CJ 253 Sexual Violence

      LE 250 Gender and the Law
      LE 350 Federal Indian Law
      LE 356 International Environmental law
      LE 318 Human Rights Law and Global Justice

      EN 223 Hippies, Punks and Rude Boys
      EN 235 Literature by Women
      EN 265 Black Writers in and Beyond the US
      EN 277 Literature of the Americas
      EN 340 Immigrant Fictions

      PS 210 Human Sexuality
      PS 284 LGBTQ Identities and Communities

      HS 208 Twentieth-Century World History
      HS 229 Irish History
      HS 235 Blood and Revolution in China/ Asian Studies
      HS 236 Japan’s Modern Empire/Asian Studies
      HS 271 Monks, Kings and Rebels: Mainland Southeast Asia
      HS 272 Pirates and Matriarchs: Island Southeast Asia
      HS 307 The Holocaust
      HS 308 US. Women’s History
      HS 309 Women in America: 1920-Present
      HS 327 Islamic Societies and Cultures to 1300
      HS 332 History of India
      HS 333 The Middle East, 1300-1919; Critical Issues
      HS 274 Modern India
      HS 326 Witches and Werewolves in the Early Modern World
      HS 328 Gender in the Non-Western World

      PL 330 Philosophy and Gender

      PO 219 Women in Political Though
      PO 221 Introduction to Latin America
      PO 313 Development Globalization and Colonialism
      PO 387 Women in Public Policy

      SO 202 Gender and Aging
      SO 232 Women in the Criminal Justice System
      SO 255 Sociology of Families
      SO 302 Sexualities
      SO 303 Popular Culture and the Media
      SO 304 Sociology of Gender
      SO 306 Masculinities
      SO 284 LGBTQ Identities and Communities

      SP 203 Environmental Spanish
      SP 205 Cultura Puertorriqueña
      SP 225 Cultura Cubana
      SP 310/311 Spanish for Health Professions
      SP 321 Masterpieces of Spanish Literature
      SP 329 Spanish American Literature from 1880 to Present
      SP 343 Culture of Spain
      SP 371 Survey of Spanish-American Literature
      SP 373 Latin American Cultures I
      SP 374 Latin American Cultures II
      SP 376 The Spanish Caribbean

      WGS 101 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
      WGS 200 Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies
      WGS (GT) 202 Gender and Aging
      WGS 210 Human Sexuality
      WGS 219 Women in Political Thought
      WGS 250 Gender and the Law
      WGS 232 Women in the Criminal Justice System
      WGS 253 Sexual Violence
      WGS 255 Sociology of Families
      WGS 302 Sexualities
      WGS 303 Popular Culture and the Media
      WGS 304 Sociology of Gender
      WGS 306 Masculinities
      WGS 308 US. Women’s History
      WGS 309 Women in America: 1920-Present
      WGS 311 (MSS 311)Diversity in the Media
      WGS 315 (AR 325) Women Artists
      WGS 326 Witches and Werewolves in the Early Modern World
      WGS 328 Gender in the Non-Western World
      WGS 330 Philosophy and Gender
      WGS 387 Women and Public Policy
      WGS 284 LGBTQ Identities and Communities

      In lieu of one 3-credit general IDEAL course, a student may opt to take THREE one-credit micro courses with MCI designation:

      MCI-100 Negotiation for Success (1 Credit)
      MCI-101 Health, Aging & Intersectionality (1 Credit)
      MCI-107 The Case for Race (1 Credit)
      MCI-110 Race: A Dangerous Symbol (1 Credit)
      MCI 190_01: “Banned” Book Club (1 Credit)
      MCI 190_2: Abortion: Activism and Ethics (1 Credit)
      MCI 190_03: Healthcare for LGBTQ+ Populations (1 Credit)
      MCI 190_DA: Human Rights and Genital Cutting (1 Credit)

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