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For Faculty Advisors

The information below is intended to help faculty members learn more about the Diversity Proficiency.

Requirement Objectives

The following is a list of objectives that you may find helpful when you’re preparing to submit a course to the CCC for approval.

Option #1: Cross-cultural Understanding courses will:

  • Introduce students to a different culture and help students think about what constitutes a cultural identity and the fundamental assumptions which underlie cultural differences.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to understand and appreciate the perspectives of others who encounter and interpret the world in significantly different ways, while simultaneously providing students with new perspectives on their own culture.
  • Explore the theoretical, methodological, and/or ethical issues involved in encountering cultural differences.
  • Provide students with significant opportunity to use their understanding of cultural differences to reflect on their own behavior and decisions.

Option #2: Diversity courses will:

  • Introduce students to the meaning of social identities, such as race, ethnicity, gender, class, and disability and their intersections.
  • Offer students the opportunity to discuss and understand multiple forms of oppression including, but not limited to racial and ethnic intolerance and resulting inequality as it occurs in the United States or elsewhere.
  • Explore comparisons of discrimination such as those based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, social class, age, or gender.
  • Stimulate critical reflection on theoretical, methodological, and ethical issues involved in encountering differences stemming from race, gender, class, religion, and disabilities, and help students to think systematically about the fundamental assumptions underlying such differences.

Notes

Study Abroad/Diversity Proficiency

A study abroad experience by itself does not satisfy the Diversity proficiency requirement. However, an approved study abroad course may meet the requirement.​

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Diversity Proficiency

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​To fulfill the Diversity Proficiency, students will demonstrate proficiency in diversity, understood as either cross-cultural or involving diversity within the American context through a designated course as approved by the Core Curriculum Committee.

Why Diversity?

The pursuit of truth that animates the academic mission of Providence College cannot be rightly undertaken by individuals isolated from community. Education is not merely an acquisitive process, but a formation of mind and heart directed toward the sharing the fruits of one’s contemplations with others. In today’s world, we are more and more aware that these others reflect a wide diversity of traditions, cultures, religious convictions, abilities, and experiences. For this reason, an education for truth must involve serious consideration of the differences within the human community. Accordingly, each student will be required to take a course devoted either to the exploration of a culture outside of the American and Western European ambit or to the study of differences within the American context. Both options reflect the Catholic commitment to the unity of the human family above and beyond all distinctions.

  
Core Foundation/Proficiency
  
  
Major
  
AMS 107 (African American Artist) [Effective Fall 2012]Diversity ProficiencyAmerican Studies
AMS 208 (African American History) [Effective Spring 2014]Diversity ProficiencyAmerican Studies
AMS 218 Multicultural America: Racism, Ethnicity, and Immigration History in the Contemporary United States) [Effective Fall 2016 semester]Diversity ProficiencyAmerican Studies
AMS 231 (Modern Latin America) [Effective Spring 2014]Diversity ProficiencyHistory
AMS 232 (Faith and Spirit in the Black Family and Community) [Effective Fall 2012]Social Science Core Requirement, Diversity Proficiency, Civic Engagement ProficiencyAmerican Studies
AMS 313 (Power of Whiteness) [Effective Spring 2015]Diversity ProficiencyAmerican Studies
AMS 325 (African-American Women) [Effective Fall 2014]Diversity ProficiencyAmerican Studies
AMS 365 (20th Cent African-American Literature) [Effective Fall 2012]Intensive Writing Level II Proficiency, Diversity ProficiencyAmerican Studies
AMS 376 (Toni Morrison) [Effective Fall 2014]Diversity ProficiencyAmerican Studies
APG 101 (Introduction to Cultural Anthropology) [Effective Fall 2012]Social Science Core Requirement, Diversity ProficiencyAnthropology
APG 321 (Latin America: Mexico and Central America) [Effective Fall 2012]Social Science Core Requirement, Diversity ProficiencyAnthropology
ARH 320 (Women in the Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts since 1960) [Effective Fall 2012]Fine Arts Core Requirement, Diversity ProficiencyArt History
ARH 444 (Sacred Space in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) [Effective Fall 2013]Fine Arts Core Requirement, Diversity ProficiencyArt History
ARH 479 (Silk Road Studies) [Effective Fall 2016]Diversity ProficiencyArt History
ART 371 (GSL: Visual Peace & Justice) [Effective Spring 2014]Diversity ProficiencyStudio Art
AST 200 (Japanese Pop Culture as Postwar History) [Effective Spring 2018]Diversity ProficiencyAsian Studies
AST 298 (East Asian History I) [Effective Fall 2014]Diversity ProficiencyAsian Studies
BIO 227 (Genes and Gender) [Effective Spring 2013]Diversity ProficiencyBiology
BLS 101 (Introduction to Black Studies) [Effective Fall 2012]Social Science Core Requirement, Diversity Proficiency, Civic Engagement ProficiencyBlack Studies
BLS 107 (African American Artist) [Effective Fall 2012]Diversity ProficiencyBlack Studies
BLS 207 (African American History) [Effective Spring 2014]Diversity ProficiencyBlack Studies
BLS 225 (The African World View) [Effective Fall 2012]Social Science Core Requirement, Diversity ProficiencyBlack Studies
BLS 230 (Faith and Spirit in the Black Family and Community) [Effective Fall 2012]Social Science Core Requirement, Diversity Proficiency, Civic Engagement ProficiencyBlack Studies
BLS 302 (Diversity, Community & Service) [Effective Fall 2012]Diversity ProficiencyBlack Studies
BLS 305 (Race and Ethnic Relations) [Effective Fall 2016]Diversity ProficiencyBlack Studies
BLS 313 (Power of Whiteness)Diversity ProficiencyBlack Studies
BLS 325 (African-American Women) [Effective Fall 2014]Diversity ProficiencyBlack Studies
BLS 365 (Twentieth-Century African-American Literature) [Effective Fall 2012]Intensive Writing Level II Proficiency, Diversity ProficiencyBlack Studies
BLS 376 (Toni Morrison) [Effective Fall 2014]Diversity ProficiencyBlack Studies
BLS 416 (Race and Politics in the Americas) [Effective Fall 2012]Diversity ProficiencyBlack Studies
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