What Is Diversity Studies?

Diversity studies examines human relations by looking at inequalities in gender, age, race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexuality, and socioeconomic standing in order to gain an understanding of cultures and human interactions. Many colleges and universities incorporate diversity studies into their liberal arts programs and some offer diversity studies as a major or area of concentration. Schools offering Bilingual and Multicultural Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Field Overview

Diversity studies examine how diversity affects our relationships. Diversity studies explore the many ways in which we differ and how we can find innovative ways to work with one another in a diverse society. Programs in the field focus on developing critical thinking, cultivating knowledge, and communicating inter-culturally.

Important Facts About Diversity Studies

Possible CareersCultural Diversity Trainer, Foreign Exchange Specialist, International Relations, Human Rights Associate
Entry-Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent for undergraduate candidates; those seeking graduate and postgraduate education will most likely have to meet further requirements
Key SkillsKnowledge of global affairs, communication, ability to speak foreign languages
Work EnvironmentOffice or classroom setting
Median Salary (2018) $33,750 ('for all Social and Human Service Assistants')*
Job Growth (2016-2026) 16% ('for all Social and Human Service Assistants')*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Education

Many programs in diversity studies are offered as a minor or in conjunction with another program. Some institutions offer programs focusing on diversity studies issues. Additionally, educational programs in the liberal arts often include classes in diversity studies. Programs may last anywhere from two to four years and culminate in certificates or degrees of various levels. Degrees in diversity studies and related areas include:

  • Associate of Arts in Diversity and Inclusion
  • Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Diversity Studies
  • Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies
  • Master of Arts in Bicultural-Bilingual Studies

Coursework

Courses in diversity studies cover a lot of ground. Many courses focus on specific areas of diversity, issues related to inequality, and the historical impact of diversity issues. Coursework is designed to explore the issue in depth and examine its impact on culture and society. Topics may include:

  • African-American History
  • Religious Diversity
  • Women's Studies
  • Francophone Issues
  • North American Indians
  • Jewish Philosophies
  • Gender Psychology
  • Social Stratification

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