Diversity Studies Degree Programs

Degree programs and concentrations in diversity studies are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. For more information about program content, course topics and career options for graduates, read on! Schools offering Bilingual and Multicultural Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What are Some Degree Programs in Diversity Studies?

Degree programs in diversity studies can be found at the associate, bachelor's and master's degree levels at community colleges and universities. Some specific examples of these degree programs include an Associate of Science in Diversity and Community Studies that can provide you with an introduction to inclusive and exclusive behaviors and issues. You can also pursue a specialized Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a more in-depth, analytical approach to diversity studies through the lens of cultural history and sociology. Some bachelor's degree programs may allow you to focus on a particular ethnic group or gender and sexuality.

Graduate programs can lead to degrees such as a Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources and allow you to concentrate on diversity and inclusion management. A non-licensure Master of Education is also available, through which you can explore themes related to diversity, learning and urban studies.

Degree Programs Associate, bachelor's and master's levels
Coursework Varied topics in culture and society, such as workplace diversity, women's rights and African-American studies
Career Outcomes Public or private sector agencies, human resources, social work
Program Options Undergraduate and graduate certificates, some online options
Job Outlook (2018-2028)7% growth (for area, ethnic, and cultural studies teachers, postsecondary)*
Median Salary (2018)$74,440 (for area, ethnic, and cultural studies teachers, postsecondary)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Coursework is Involved?

A 2-year transfer program in diversity and community studies can include varied topics in race and ethnicity, African-American studies, cultural anthropology and Native American studies. Through a 4-year program in interdisciplinary studies, you may also have the chance to learn about civil rights, women's history or workplace diversity. Additional coursework can cover topics in Asian or Latin American culture. As a graduate student in a human resources program, you may learn how to assess and deal with institutional bias or find out how to create an inclusive workplace environment.

What Online and Other Program Options are Available?

Some schools also offer undergraduate certificate programs and minors in ethnic and diversity studies. In general, these can require 12-18 credits to complete.

Academic transfer programs at the associate level may allow you to complete a substantial amount of your coursework online. Graduate certificates in diversity, available either on campus or online, typically require 12-18 credits of coursework. These are professional courses of study that can provide you with real-life information about ethnic families, disability and human behavior, as well as the cultural issues found in healthcare or the workplace.

What are My Career Options?

A bachelor's or a master's program in diversity studies can provide you with the academic background and critical thinking skills you'll need to find a job in the public or private sector. Potential employers may include government or non-governmental agencies, human resource departments or multinational companies. As a graduate of a diversity program, you may have the chance to participate in educational or institutional planning or research and implement diversity policies. You might also want to consider a position as a community organizer, public activist or social worker.

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