Diversity Minor

Diversity Studies Minor

The Minor in Diversity Studies is an option for students who want to explore key concepts related to power, identity, and difference, and to understand how historical and structural relations of power and difference shape social relations.

Co-administered between the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science and the School of Educational Studies at UW Bothell, the minor integrates theoretical and practical approaches to the study of diversity.  It is designed to enable students to transform the worlds they live in now and will move into after graduation.

Minor Requirements

Students pursuing the Minor in Diversity Studies must complete 25 credits in the following areas:

  • 5 credits: BIS/BEDUC 255 Critical Diversity Studies
  • 5 credits: BIS/BEDUC 328 Diversity, Leadership, and Engagement*
  • 5 credits: Course satisfying the University of Washington’s Diversity (DIV) Requirement
  • 5 credits: Upper Division Diversity Studies Minor Elective (see below)
  • 5 credits: Diversity Studies Final Project

Note: Classes in this minor are offered primarily during the day-time hours.

*Students receiving fewer than 5 credits in BIS/BEDUC 328 may take additional Upper Division Diversity Studies Minor Elective courses to reach the minimum 25 credits required for the minor.

Upper Division (300-400 level) Diversity Studies Minor Electives

  • BHS 302 Social Dimensions of Health
  • B NURS 407 Cultural and Social Issues in Healthcare
  • B EDUC 330 Race, Culture, and Identity in the Classroom
  • B EDUC 461 Educational Implications Gender Inequality
  • B EDUC 470 Disability Culture in Schools and Society
  • B EDUC 474 Global Englishes
  • B EDUC 475 Global Perspectives on Diversity and Citizenship Education (3 credits)
  • B EDUC 522 Education and the American Dream (3 credits)
  • BIS 310 Women, Culture, and Development
  • BIS 325 Disability and Human Rights
  • BIS 335 Human Rights in America
  • BIS 368 Women’s Lives in Context
  • BIS 379 American Ethnic Literatures
  • BIS 433 Gender, Work, and Family
  • BIS 445 Meanings and Realities of Inequality
  • BIS 463 U.S. Women's History
  • BISAES 305 Power, Dissent, and American Culture
  • BISAES 367 Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration
  • BISAES 368 Sex, Love, Romance
  • BISGWS 302 History and Movements in Gender and Sexuality

Students who may benefit from the minor

The Minor in Diversity Studies is designed as a complement or supplement to a student’s major course of study.  By providing students with the critical tools and practical experience necessary for transformative leadership and ethical collaboration, it enhances students’ long-term success in any professional arena, including social service, health and health care, education, law and law enforcement, and business.  It also prepares students to act in leadership and mobilizing roles in a variety of volunteer and community settings.

Learning Objectives

The Minor in Diversity Studies provides students with multiple opportunities to:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking about power, difference, and identity.
  • Engage in self-evaluation in terms of diversity, regionally, nationally, and globally.
  • Understand structural and historical imbalances of power and privilege.
  • Incorporate interdisciplinary approaches to diversity into daily interactions.
  • Foster communication skills imbued with respect and empathy consistent with the promotion of civility in discourse across lines of difference and power.
  • Exhibit leadership and create opportunities for shared learning related to diversity beyond the classroom and campus.

Final Project

The purpose of the Final Project in the Minor in Diversity Studies is to ensure that students connect theoretical and practice with regard to the issues and questions they have explored in the minor.  The requirement must be fulfilled with 5 credits of 400-level coursework approved by the steering committee for the minor in advance of the completion of the course.

Final Project Approval Form

To be approved, the Final Project course(s) must link theory and practice in a way that is appropriate to the learning objectives of the minor.  The requirement may be fulfilled by an appropriate course offered in any school or program, and may satisfy multiple requirements at once (e.g. the course may satisfy both IAS’s Interdisciplinary Practice and Reflection requirement and the Diversity Studies Final Project requirement).

Sample Final Project Options*

  • BIS 490 Senior Seminar
  • BIS 495 Internship
  • BIS 496 Community Service Project
  • BISCP 489 Projects in Community Psychology
  • BISMCS 402 Community Media Practice

*Final projects must demonstrate goals that are closely related to the learning objectives of the minor. Senior Seminars must include an exploration of issues of power and inequality.

More Information

Contact an IAS or School of Educational Studies (SES) advisor to learn more about the Diversity Studies minor

Diversity Studies Minor Resources

Visit an IAS Advisor or School of Educational Studies (SES) Advisor for more information and to declare this minor.

Deadline for submitting Final Project Approval forms:

Spring quarter - Feb.13th

Summer quarter - Apr. 1st

Autumn quarter - May 1st