Montana State University

Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172560
Bozeman, MT 59717-2560

Tel: (406) 994-4371
Fax: (406) 994-7989
Location: 212 Montana Hall

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Martha A. Potvin

 

Diversity

List of Approved Courses
Ideas for Engaging Students in Discussions about Diversity

Rationale

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.

Criteria

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.