Diversity Intensives

Diversity Intensive courses are essential in liberal arts education for highlighting the centrality of diversity and complexity of difference in contemporary life. At UNC Asheville, the DI requirement helps fulfill our mission in facilitating a truly liberating education while offering opportunities for students and faculty to examine their own experiences and values alongside those of others. Such self-examinations could lead to transformative experiences for participants.

These are the Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for Diversity Intensive Courses:

  • Students understand the socially constructed nature of identities.
  • Students understand the significance of individuals’ differing relationships to power.
  • Students understand how individuals, organizations, and institutions create, perpetuate, or challenge inequality.
  • Students understand how multiple identities intersect.
  • Students are better equipped to reevaluate their ideas about diversity and difference. 

Diversity Intensive course are offered throughout the curriculum. The list of currently approved DI courses is below. If an instructor's name appears beside the course, only that instructor's section has been approved as DI. The semester information listed beside each course indicates the approval period during which the course satisfies the requirements for DI credit. Students who take the course during this time will receive DI credit. To determine when DI courses are offered each semester, refer to the online course schedule.

Note: Courses may not be offered every semester during the approval period.

Policy for the Submission of Student Petitions

Students who completed a course not included on the approved list that they believe meets the SLOs may petition the course for consideration by completing the Petition for Substitution of a Course for the Diversity Intensive Requirement form. This form is available on the Registrar's website under Forms (see Petitions and Appeal Forms). Petitions should be scanned and emailed to the DI Coordinator, Dr. Tiece Ruffin at truffin@unca.edu.

The DI Committee accepts student petitions for the substitution of the DI requirement throughout the semester. However, student petitions will be reviewed only two times per academic semester (Fall and Spring). All petitions that are submitted by the end of drop/add will be reviewed by the first day of advising that same semester. All petitions that are submitted by the first day of early registration (for the upcoming semester) will be reviewed by the end of exam week that same semester. Petitions that are submitted over the summer will be included with the Fall semester reviews. 

Students should plan ahead in submitting their petitions. Petitions that are not submitted by the deadline will be considered in the next time period for review. Only completed petitions will be considered, so be sure to include all requested information with your petition.

Contact Information

  • Coordinator for Diversity Intensive Courses: Dr. Tiece Ruffin, truffin@unca.edu
     

Currently Approved Diversity Intensive Courses

ACCT 342 VITA Service Learning (Hughes) [Spring 19-Fall 23]
ACCT 471 VITA Service Learning (Hughes) [Spring 19-Fall 23]

AFST 373 Black Religion and Literature (Harvey) [Fall 14-Summer 19]
AFST 374 African Religions in the Americas and the Caribbean (Harvey) [Fall 17-Summer 22]
AFST 374 Ethnic Literatures [Fall 12-Summer 22]

AIIS 200 Introduction to American Indian and Indigenous Studies [Spring 18-Fall 22]

ANTH 350 Body, Disability & Culture (Kelley) [Spring 06-Fall 23]
ANTH 339 Intersections of Gender in America (Kelley) [Fall 11-Summer 19]

ARTH 365 Art Since 1945 (Rundquist) [Spring 16-Fall 20]
ARTH 374 Art and Architecture of Egypt (Bares) [Fall 17-Summer 22]
ARTH 374 Contemporary Art in Latin America [Fall 15-Summer 20]
ARTH 374 Islamic Art and Architecture (Bares) [Fall 14-Summer 19]
ARTH 381 Art in Latin America (Canejo) [Fall 07-Fall 23]
ARTH 410 Modern Art in Mexico and Brazil (Canejo) [Spring 19-Fall 23]

ASIA 303 Chinese Literature: Great Works (Li) [Spring 17-Spring 22]
ASIA 304 Chinese Cinema (Li) [Fall 14-Summer 19]
ASIA 305 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (formerly ASIA 374) [Spring 15-Fall 19]
ASIA 310 East Asian Literature in Translation (Li) (formerly ASIA 374) [Fall 15-Summer 20]
ASIA 313 Asian Philosophy [Spring 15-Fall 19]
ASIA 334 Nation-Building, Identity and Diversity in South Asia [Spring 16-Fall 20]
ASIA 373/374 Contemporary China: Society, Culture, Arts and Tradition (Li) [Spring 16-Fall 20]
 

ASTR 301 Indigenous Perspectives on the Sky [Fall 17-Summer 22]

ATMS 273 Diverse Climates in a Diverse World (Huang) [Spring 16-Fall 20]

BIOL 365 Evolutionary Biology [Spring 17-Spring 22]
BIOL 443 Genetics [Fall 14-Summer 19]

CLAS 325/326 Topics in Ancient Life and Culture: Ancient Sexuality (Mills) [Fall 06-Summer 23]
CLAS 365 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (Graves) [Spring 16-Fall 20]
CLAS 474 Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Art (Taylor) [Fall 18-Summer 18]

DRAM 319 Creative Drama (Kloeppel) [Fall 12-Summer 22]

ECON 230 Sports and Economics (Sulock) [Fall 07-Fall 18]
ECON 373 Service Learning in Economics (Porter) [Spring 18-Fall 22]

EDUC 210 Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century, K-12 [Fall 07-Fall 19]
EDUC 320 Middle Schl Principles, Practices and Materials [Fall 10-Summer 18]
EDUC 325 Classroom Mgmt and Instructional Differentiation, K-6 [Spring 07-Summer 19]
EDUC 346 Teaching Students w/ Diverse Needs in the Gen Ed Classroom (Ruffin) [Fall 13-Summer 23]

ENGR 173 Creative Fabrication: Art Meets Technology (formerly CSCI 173) [Spring 18-Fall 22]

ENVR 282 Environmental Geology [Fall 15-Summer 20]
ENVR 324 Environmental Ethics [Fall 15-Summer 20]

FREN 435 Francophone Studies [Spring 18-Fall 22]

GERM 220 Germany Today [Spring 17-Fall 21]
GERM 310 Between Cultures I [Fall 16-Summer 21]
GERM 320 Between Cultures II [Spring 17-Fall 21]

HIST 307 Women in the Modern Civil Rights Movement (Judson) [Fall 17-Summer 22]
HIST 315 North Carolina History (Dunn) [Spring 16-Fall 20]
HIST 333 Colonial Latin American History [Spring 19-Fall 23]
HIST 357 Gender and Imperialism (Rizzo) [Fall 10-Summer 23]
HIST 374 Labor and Working Class History [Spring 19-Fall 23]
HIST 382 American Indian History, Precontact to 1840 [Fall 15-Summer 20]
HIST 391 History of Atlantic World: 1492-1820 (Dunn, Pearson) [Spring 09-Fall 19]

HON 373 Visual Rhetoric (Wray) [Spring 14-Fall 18]

HWP 250 Health Parity: Domestic and Global Contexts [Spring 15-Fall 19]
HWP 373 Introduction to Global Health [Fall 17-Summer 22]
HWP 381 Body Fat and Body Image (Rote) (formerly HWP 373) [Fall 17-Summer 22]

INTS 305 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (formerly INTS 374) [Spring 15-Fall 19]
INTS 310 East Asian Literature in Translation (Li) (formerly INTS 374) [Fall 15-Summer 20]
INTS 334 Nation-Building, Identity and Diversity (formerly INTS 374) [Spring 16-Fall 20]
INTS 374 Going Global: Religion and International Issues (Lundblad) [Spring 17-Spring 22]

LANG 373 Visual Rhetoric (Wray) [Spring 15-Fall 19]

LIT 328 Ethnic Literatures [Fall 12-Summer 22]
LIT 346 Readings in Gender and Sexuality (formerly 373, Queer Fiction) [Fall 10-Summer 18]
LIT 364 Postcolonial Literature [Fall 12-Summer 22]
LIT 369 World Literatures: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (Graves) (formerly LIT 365) [Spring 16-Fall 20]
LIT 374 Cross-Cultural Encounters: Shakespeare in Bollywood Masala Films (Gusain) [Fall 18-Spring 22]
LIT 484 Sem in Major Author: Writers of the Beat Generation (Horvitz) (formerly LIT 367) [Fall 14-Summer 19]

MCOM 395 Issues in Film Study (Slatton) [Fall13-Spring 22]
MCOM 395 Power, Privilege, and Ideology-Cultural Studies and Media [Fall 18-Summer 23]

MGMT 398 Global Management [Spring 15-Fall 19]

MUSC 343 African American Music: Slavery to Swing [Fall 13-Summer 23]
MUSC 344 African American Music: R & B to Hip Hop [Fall 13-Summer 23]
MUSC 357 Jazz History [Fall 16-Summer 21]
MUSC 373 History of Music in Film (Galloway) [Fall 17-Summer 22]

NM 144 History of Animation: From Pencils to Pixels [Spring 19-Fall 24]
NM 450 Advanced Video [Fall 18-Summer 23]

PHIL 302 Philosophy of Sex and Gender (Burchard) [Fall 14-Summer 19]
PHIL 312 Applied Ethics: Environmental Ethics (Campbell) [Fall 15-Summer 20]
PHIL 313 Asian Philosophy [Spring 15-Fall 19]
PHIL 321 Philosophy of Disability [Fall 17-Summer 22]
PHIL 323 Philosophies of Third World Feminism (formerly PHIL 374) [Fall 16-Fall 21]
PHIL 365 Feminist Theory (Burchard) [Spring 07-Summer 19]

POLS 240 Political Ideas and Imagination (Betsalel, DW Mullen) [Fall 14-Summer 19]
POLS 320 Challenges to American Democracy (Moraguez) [Fall 16-Summer 21]
POLS 330 Individual Rights/Civil Liberties (Gibney) [Fall 10-Summer 18]
POLS 331 Immigr/Refugee Law & Policy (Gibney) [Fall 10-Summer 18]
POLS 388 Human Rights and Int'l Politics (Gibney) [Fall 10-Summer 18]

PSYC 214 Developmental Psychology [Spring 17-Fall 18]
PSYC 310 Psychology of Adolescence (Chiang) [Fall 13-Summer 22]
PSYC 311 Psychology of Prejudice [Spring 15-Fall 19]
PSYC 312 Psychology of Exceptional Children (Chiang) [Fall 10-Summer 23]
PSYC 334 Psychology of Women (Himelein) [Spring 08-Fall 19]

RELS 280 Asian Religious Traditions (Zubko) [Fall 10-Summer 23]
RELS 342 African Religions in the Americas and the Caribbean (Harvey) [Fall 17-Summer 22]
RELS 373 Black Religion and Literature (Harvey) [Fall 14-Summer 19]
RELS 374 Going Global: Religion and International Issues (Lundblad) [Spring 17-Fall 22]
RELS 381 Religions of South Asia (Zubko) [Fall 11-Summer 19]
RELS 386 Buddhism (Zubko) [Spring 11-Fall 18]
RELS 389 Jewish Women and Religion (Kaplan) [Spring 14-Fall 18]

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology [Fall 14-Summer 19]
SOC 210 Contemporary Social Problems (Ghidina) [Spring 06-Fall 18]
SOC 240 Evolution, Revolution, Social Change (Frank) [Fall 14-Summer 19]
SOC 320 Sociology of Race [Fall 18-Summer 20]
SOC 368 Sociology of Gender [Fall 14-Summer 19]
SOC 390 Queer Sociology [Fall 07-Fall 18]

SPAN 300 Oral Skills (Bettencourt) [Spring 16-Fall 20]
SPAN 332 Surv of Spanish-American Civ/Lit [Spring 11-Fall 18]

WGSS 365 Feminist Theory (Burchard) [Spring 07-Summer 19]
 

Previously Approved Diversity Intensive Courses (not current)

AFST 130 Intro to Africana Studies (Boakye-Boaten) [Fall 12-Fall 15]
AFST 130 Intro to Africana Studies [Spring 16-Summer 17]
AFST 273 Intro to West African Cultures (D James) [Spring 09-Fall 14]
AFST 373 Women of Color and Feminism(Omer) [Fall 06-Spring 09]
ANTH 373 Gender in Latin America (Kelley) [Fall 07-Summer 11]
ANTH 420 Difference and Inequality (Bramlett/Peterson) [Fall 14-Fall 15]
ANTH 420 Difference and Inequality [Spring 16-Fall 18]
ARTH 365 Art Since 1945 (Rundquist) [Spring 12-Fall 14]
ARTS 310 Arts on the Edge: Contemp Artists Challenge Status Quo(Horvitz) [Spring 06-Fall 08]
ARTS 310 Art and Politics (Pope) [Spring 08-Summer 11]
ARTS 310 Harlem Renaissance (Walters) [Fall 05-Fall 11]
ARTS 310 Harlem Renaissance (Walters) [Fall 12-Fall 17]
ARTS 310 Japanese Culture and the Outsider (Daniels) [Spring 08-Summer 11]
ARTS 310 Women on the American Performance Front Lines (Bond) [Summer 10-Summer 13]
BIOL 443 Genetics (Wilson) [Fall 07-Summer 14]
CLAS 350 Women in Antiquity [Spring 06-Fall14]
DRAM 358 Theater of the Oppressed (Kloeppel, Walters) [Spring 11-Fall 13]
ECON 330 Women, Men and Work (Nickless) [Spring 07-Summer 11]
ENGR 173 Creative Fabrication: Art Meets Technology (Bruce and Reiser) (formerly CSCI 173) [Fall 13-Summer 18]
ENVR 290 Regional Field Geology (Wilcox) [Summer 12-Spring 17]
ENVR 324 Environmental Ethics (Campbell) [Fall 07-Summer 15]
FREN 220 Intermediate French II (Dyckman, Malicote) [Fall 06-Fall 12]
FREN 435 Francophone Studies (Gloag) [Fall 12-Summer 17]
HIST 301 Women in United States History (Judson) [Spring 07-Summer 11]
HIST 302 African-American History: 1865-Present (Judson) [Spring 10-Fall 17]
HIST 306 Southern Women's History (Judson) [Spring 06-Summer 11]
HIST 306 Southern Women's History (Judson) [Spring 13-Fall 17]
HIST 307 Wm in the Mod Cvl Rights Movmnt (Judson) [Spring 10-Fall 12]
HIST 308 The United States Since 1945 (Judson) [Spring 08-Fall 14]
HIST 309 History of the "Old South" (Pearson) [Spring 13-Fall 17]
HIST 373 Cavaliers and Cotton: Old South (Pearson) [Spring 07-Summer 11]
HIST 373 Colonial Latin America (Pearson) [Fall 06-Spring 09]
HIST 373 Jewish Women in America (Kaplan) [Spring 08-Summer 11]
HIST 373 Labor in the Modern South (Judson) [Fall 06-Summer 11]
HIST 382 Amer Indian Hist, Precontact to 1840 (Pearson) [Spring 06-Summer 14]
HON 179 Math, Community and Social Class (Kaplan)
HON 373 Contemporary Latino/Latina Literature and Culture in the U.S. (Adell) [Fall 07-Spring 10]
HON 373 Las Vegas & the American Imagination (Ettari) [Fall 06-Summer 11]
HON 373 Pre-Modern Women Writers (Ho) [Spring 08-Summer 11]
HON 373 S.E. Asia Politics & Society (Subramaniam) [Spring 06-Fall 08]
INTS 365 Intl Experiential Learning Project [Summer 08-Summer 11]
HWP 154 Women's Health (Wolfe) [Spring 10 only]
HWP 250 Health Parity: Domestic and Global Contexts (Batada) [Spring 12-Fall 14]
HWP 350 Service Learning in Health Promotion (Garbe) [Fall 06-Fall 14]
LANG 368 Poetics of Identity and Perception (Chess, Iglesias) [Spring 06-Spring 17]
LIT 273 Intro to West African Cultures (D James) [Spring 09-Fall 14]
LIT 349 Post-Colonial Literature (Russell) [Fall 05-Summer 11]
LIT 349 Recent South Asian Fiction (Moseley) [Summer 07-Summer 11]
LIT 358 Black Literature (James) [Fall 06-Fall 11]
LIT 367 Writers of the Beat Generation (Horvitz) [Fall 10-Summer 13]
LIT 368 Poetics of Identity and Perception (Chess, Iglesias) [Spring 06-Spring 17]
LIT 373 Social Justice in American Fiction Since 2000 (Hobby) [Fall 13-Summer 18]
LIT 373 Native American Literature (Hobby) [Fall 06-Summer 11]
LIT 373 Pre-Modern Women Writers (Ho) [Spring 12-Fall 14]
LIT 373 The Spicy Bard: Shakespeare in Bollywood Masala Films (Gusain) [Spring 17-Summer 18]
LIT 442 St in Medieval Lit:Pre-Modern Women Writers (Ho) [Spring 08-Summer 11]
LIT 489 Seminar in a Major Author: Toni Morrison (James) [Fall 07-Fall 10]
MATH 273 Math and Social Justice (Kaplan) [Fall 10-Summer 13]
MCOM 387 Issues in Film Study (Slatton) [Summer 09-Summer 13]
MGMT 313 Organizational Behavior (Schaffer) [Fall 06-Fall 11]
MUSC 347 Transatlantic Jazz (Bares) [Spring 13-Fall 17]
MUSC 373 The Cool and the Weird: Listening to the Avant Garde (Burkett) [Spring 14-Fall 18]
MUSC 373 Women and Popular Music (Burkett) [Fall 13-Summer 18]
NM 144 History of Animation: From Pencils to Pixels (Oakley) (formerly MMAS 273) [Spring 11-Fall 18]
NM 450 Advanced Video (Han) [Fall 06-Summer 18]
PHIL 302 Philosophy of Sex and Gender (Burchard) [Spring 06-Summer 11]
POLS 240 Political Ideas and Imagination (Drivon) [Fall 17]
POLS 343 Politics of the Civil Rights Era (Mullen) [Fall 07-Fall 10]
POLS 344 Black Political Thought (Betsalel) [Spring 07-Fall 09]
POLS 353 Politics and Social Welfare Policy (DJ Mullen) [Spring 13-Fall 17]
POLS 363 The Political Econ of Development (Cornett) [Fall 06-Summer 11]
POLS 337 ReStorying Community (formerly POLS 373/4) [Spring 09-Fall 14]
POLS 357 Civic Engagement in Community (Betsalel) [Spring 06-Summer 14]
POLS 384 Liberal Universalism & Critics (Subramaniam) [Spring 06-Summer 11]
PSYC 214 Developmental Psychology (Smith) [Spring 14-Spring 17]
PSYC 334 Psychology of Women (Mann) [Spring 13-Fall 17]
PSYC 344 Community Psychology (Berryhill) [Fall 06-Fall 09]
PSYC 345 Child Clinical Psychology (Berryhill) [Fall 06-Spring 11]
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (Frank) [Fall 07-Fall 14]
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (Hewitt) [Fall 13-Fall 14]
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (Lee) [Fall 10-Fall 14]
SOC 221 Race and Ethnic Relations (Lee) [Fall 04-Summer 18]
SOC 240 Evolution, Revolution, Social Change (Hewitt) [Spring 13-Fall 17]
SOC 280 Sociology of Gender (Peterson) [Spring 07-Summer 14]
SOC 358 Globalization, Social Change in Africa (Omer) [Spring 08-Summer 11]
SOC 359 Women of Color and Feminism (Omer) [Fall 06-Spring 09]
SOC 359 Women of Color and Feminism (Ortiz) [Spring 16-Summer 18]
SOC 373 Post-Civil Rights Era (Haas)
SOC 380 Feminist Theory (formerly SOC 373) [Spring 07-Summer 11]
SOC 380 Feminist Theory (Peterson) [Fall 12-Summer 17]
SOC 402 The Color Line: Classical & Contemporary Views of African Americans (Haas)
SOC 420 Difference and Inequality (Bramlett/Peterson) [Fall 14-Fall 15]
SOC 420 Difference and Inequality [Spring 16-Fall 18]
SPAN 300 Oral Skills (Bettencourt) [Spring 12-Fall 14]
SPAN 332 Surv of Spanish-American Civ/Lit (Adell) [Fall 09-Fall 10]
SPAN 332 Surv of Spanish-American Civ/Lit (Gant) [Spring 08-Fall 10]
SPAN 332 Surv of Spanish-American Civ/Lit (Weldon) [Fall 05-Fall 10]
SPAN 373 Contemporary Latino/Latina Literature and Culture in the U.S. (Adell) [Fall 07-Spring 10]
SPAN 373 Spanish for Heritage Speakers (Rosenbaun-Bodie) [Fall 07-Summer 11]
WGSS 365 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Feminist Theory (Peterson) [Spring 07-Fall 11]
WGSS 365 Feminist Theory (Peterson) [Fall 12-Summer 17]
WGSS 373 Women in Antiquity (formerly WMST) [Spring 06-Spring 11]

Faculty Information and forms

To renew a currently designated DI course, or have a new course considered for the Spring 2019 schedule, proposals must be submitted by October 1, 2018.

To qualify for Diversity Intensive designation, the course should meet the following criteria:

  1. Examines as one of its primary themes, within the context of the course materials, the cultural processes and ideologies of constructing human identities, such as class, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, or religion, as well as the implications of those identities on lived experience.
  2. Examines as its primary subjects individuals’ relationship to power, how privileged and oppressed identities are constructed among and across categories of difference, and how societies use institutions and imbalances of power to create and perpetuate or challenge inequalities.
  3. Examines as a primary consideration of diversity the intersectionality of identities. (multiple layers of identities and the interrelationship between or among these identities, ie., black women’s experiences as blacks, as women, and as black women.)
  4. Course materials relate directly to the issues addressed in the course. Whenever appropriate, course material produced by underrepresented or oppressed group(s) should be included.
  5. Course structure allows participants to examine their experiences and values with course materials, discussion, and projects/assignments that move students beyond their comfort zones, providing opportunities for transformative experiences.

Documents

 

Courses are approved for a five-year term, and may be approved for a specific instructor or approved for all instructors teaching the course. Faculty teaching a DI course are asked to participate in DI assessment once per 3-year assessment cycle.

Guidelines for a Diversity Intensive Course Vision Statement.