Graduates of Montana State University face an ever-changing and increasingly complex world. A carefully informed understanding of multiple identities and cultures, both within the United States and beyond, helps create a campus community that is committed to intellectual inquiry and prepares students to be members of a diverse global community.

Diversity courses focus on identity (race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, ability, etc.); the study of languages other than English; and/or traditionally marginalized or less frequently studied societies, nations, and/or cultures.


The course must focus in in-depth analytical and critical attention to difference and to historical, cultural, and/or social contexts, with an emphasis on class discussion and active student engagement.

In addition to this primary criterion, the course will meet one of the following criteria listed below:

  • The course examines identity in relation to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, nationality, ability, and/or other axes of difference.
  • The course teaches a language other than English and includes the examination of the culture(s) that speak(s) the language.
  • The course examines the historical, political, cultural, and/or social forces that foster systemic disparities based on difference, and critically examines concepts of difference within these systems.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete a Diversity-designated course will demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • An analytical and critical understanding of diversity within societies, nations, and/or cultures.
  • and/or
  • Knowledge of a language other than English and the culture(s) that speak(s) that language.
  • and/or
  • An analytical and critical understanding of particular, traditionally marginalized, or less frequently studied societies, nations, and/or cultures and an understanding of cultural difference in relation to those societies, nations, and/or cultures.