Courses that satisfy the diversity requirement aim to give students significant opportunities to:
- Address diversity issues, particularly those involving unequal and/or discriminatory treatment Compare positive and negative implications of various parochial or "...centric" perspectives Encourage global awareness and sensitivity Engage issues of racial or ethnic perceptions, attitudes and stereotypes
- Examine patterns and trends of diversity in the United States
- Explore ways to communicate and participate constructively in a diverse community
- Foster appreciation of aesthetic dimensions of other traditions and cultures
- Learn systematic approaches to understanding cultural differences and commonalities
- Learn systematic techniques for dealing constructively with problems arising out of cultural differences
- Participate in special programs that promote understanding other peoples
- Study Western and non-Western cultures in a world context or from a comparative perspective
- Understand how one’s own culture shapes one’s perceptions, ideology and values
It is understood that not every course will address all of these criteria.
- As part of the requirements for any bachelor's degree, all students must satisfy the diversity requirement. Normally a student must complete two courses chosen from the diversity course list.
- Students are required to take one course addressing domestic (U.S.) issues and one course addressing global issues.
- At least one course must be taken as part of the Kent Core.
- Students may satisfy the second diversity requirement in one of three ways:
- They may complete a second diversity course from the Kent Core, which also will count toward fulfilling the Kent Core.
- They may complete any non-Kent Core diversity course. This course may also count toward major or minor program requirements or may be used as an elective.
- They may, with approval from their dean, satisfy the second diversity requirement by completing one semester of study in another country.