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Diversity Minor

The Diversity Minor aims to strengthen students’ understanding of how race, class, gender, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, religion, and age interact to define identities and social relations.  The program brings cohesion to a variety of courses selected to increase students’ critical thinking about issues of diversity. 

For more detailed information, visit the Diversity Minor website.

Declaring  the Diversity Minor

Students in good academic standing may declare the minor at any time by meeting with their major adviser. Please see Undergraduate Advising’s Minor page for additional considerations about earning a minor.

Minor  Requirements

25 credits to include the following:

  1. One course from the following list of Foundation courses (5 credits):

    • AES 151 Introduction to the Cultures of American Ethnic Groups
    • AES 212 Comparative American Ethnic Literature
    • AIS 102 Introduction to American Indian Studies
    • ANTH 228 Identities
    • C LIT 323 Studies in the Literature of Emerging Nations: Colonialism, Neo-Colonialism and the Nation Form
    • COM 289 Communication and Difference
    • HSTAA 105 The Peoples of the United States
    • HSTLAC 185 Race, Gender, and Class in Latin America and the Caribbean
    • LSJ/CHID/DIS ST 230 Introduction to Disability Studies
    • PSYCH 250 Racism and Minority Groups
    • GWSS 200 Introduction to Women Studies
  2. A maximum of 10 credits from a department may be applied toward the Diversity Minor, including the student's major. A minimum of 15 credits must be completed in residence at the UW. For a complete list of course options, see the courses page.
  3. A minimum of 4 additional courses with one course from 4 of the 5 following categories (20 credits): 
    Arts/Cultural, Historical, Global, Contemporary/Institutional, Applications. For more information, refer to the program goals and course criteria page.

These are examples of courses that apply to the different categories:


  • AES 212 Comparative American Ethnic Literature (5) I&S/VLPA
  • ART H 331 Northwest Coast Indian Art (5) I&S/VLPA, w/ ANTH 331
  • GWSS 454 Women, Words, Music, and Change (5) I&S/VLPA, w/ ANTH 454


  • CHSTU 254 Northwest Latinos: History, Community, Culture (5) I&S
  • HSTAA 150 Introduction to African-American History (5) I&S, w/ AFRAM 150


  • ANTH 316 Modern South Asia (5) I&S w/ SISSA 316
  • GEOG 123 Introduction of Globalization (5) I&S, w/ SIS 123
  • SIS 470 Human Rights in Latin America (5) I&S w/ LSJ 410


  • COM 306 Media, Society and Political Identity (5) I&S, w/ POL S 306
  • LING 458 Language and Gender (5) I&S, VLPA, w/ ANTH 450/ WOMEN 450
  • PHYS 451 Issues for Ethnic Minorities & Women in Science and Engineering (5) I&S

Applications: Applied learning opportunities that provide experiences outside the classroom and promote the goals of the Diversity Minor. Note that they must be approved through the Diversity Minor adviser.

  • Research projects
  • Independent Study
  • Service Learning
  • Study Abroad
  • Intergroup Dialogues Courses (SOC WF 215)
  • Volunteer projects
  • Internships