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Diversity & Equity

AU’s Diversity and Equity—or DIV—requirement is a 3-credit course designed to be offered in the major or minor, in a Habit of Mind course or as a free elective. These courses attend to issues of power, privilege and inequality that are embedded in social, cultural or economic hierarchies, including (but not limited to) those around race, ethnicity, class, ability, gender, and sexuality. This requirement aims to highlight our faculty expertise in these areas and underscore the university’s commitment to engaging with the larger cultural and political conversation about social equity.

Completing the DIV Requirement

  •  Students satisfy the Diverse Experiences requirement by completing an appropriately designated, in-residence course with a grade of “C” or better.
  • A Diverse Experience course may concurrently satisfy other appropriately designated AU Core, major, minor, or certificate requirements.

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Diversity & Equity (DIV)

A. Describe patterns of thought or practices of historically marginalized peoples.

B. Examine how legacies or experiences of oppression and responses to them shape contemporary realities or conditions.

C. Analyze how structural inequalities shape social categories of human difference and how these constructions influence inequalities.

D. Evaluate and reflect on values, policies, or practices needed to develop a more equitable society.

Major-Designated DIV Courses

Some Academic Programs have designated specific courses that simultaneously satisfy a major requirement and the DIV requirement, while other academic programs have included one or more DIV courses as options students may complete to satisfy major electives. That information is collected in the table below. If a program does not list a course, then a student may select (in consultation with their academic advisor) from any approved DIV course.