Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Diversity and Community Studies, Bachelor of Arts (631)

Department website: https://www.wku.edu/sociology-criminology/


Program Coordinator

Donielle M. Lovell, donielle.lovell@wku.edu, (270) 706-8870

The major in diversity and community studies provides graduates with a critical framework for understanding identity, inequality, and community development, as well as social change through both political structures and social movements. This framework, situated within a social scientific perspective, provides the knowledge and skills necessary for a wide range of vocations in social services, governmental, non-profit, and entrepreneurial sectors. Students majoring in diversity and community studies must complete a minimum of 33 credit hours (18 at the upper level) and must also select a minor, certificate, or second major. The major leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. 

Program Requirements (33 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

Required Courses (18 hours)
CSJ 200Introduction to Social Justice3
SOCL 210Interaction: Self in Society3
DCS 300Public Problem Solving3
SOCL 402Evaluation Research Tech3
SOCL 362Social Institutions: Race, Class, and Gender3
or SOCL 375 Diversity in American Society
SOCL 455Theory and Practice of Community Development3
or SOCL 452 Social Change
Electives (15 hours)
Select an additional 15 hours from the following categories, choosing at least 3 but no more than 6 hours from each category. Only 6 hours can come from a single prefix. 15
Category I: Identity and Social Inequality:
African American Experience
Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean
Intercultural Communication
Narrative, Discourse, and Prison Systems
Gay and Lesbian Literature
U.S. Ethnic Literature
African American Literature
American Masculinities
Indian Peoples of North America
Blacks in American History to 1877
Blacks in American History Since 1877
American Women’s History
Systems of Social Inequality
Diversity and Social Welfare
Category II: Advocacy and Social Change:
Communities of Struggle
Applied Anthropology – Understanding and Addressing Contemporary Human Problems
Reimagining Citenship
Popular Culture and Gender: Signs & Narratives
Introduction to Gender And Women's Studies
History of the Civil Rights Movement in America
Leading Change
Human Values and the Health Sciences
Minority Politics
Women and Politics
Media Diversity
Collective Behavior and Social Movements
Sociology of Globalization
Category III: Community Organization and Development:
Leadership Communication
Crisis Communication
Cultural Connections and Diversity
Global Sustainability
Leadership Ethics and Decision-Making
Introduction to Citizenship
Public Policy
Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations
Introduction to Community, Environment, & Development
The Community in Rural and Urban Settings
Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Total Hours33

Finish in Four Plan

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 1003ENG 2003
Colonnade: Arts & Humanities3COMM 1453
MATH 109 (or higher)3HIST 101 or HIST 1023
CSJ 2003GWS 2003
IDST 1753Elective in Major/Minor3
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
World Language, if needed or General Elective3Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences3
ENG 3003DCS Formations Selection (6 of 6 hours)3
AFAM 1903Elective in Major/Minor3
DCS Formations Selection (3 of 6 hours)3Elective in Major/Minor3
Elective in Major/Minor3Elective in Major/Minor3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences w/lab3Colonnade: Connections (Social & Cultural)3
DCS 3003DCS Systems Selection (6 of 6 hours)3
DCS Advocacy Selection (3 of 6 hours)3DCS Advocacy Selection (6 of 6 hours)3
DCS Systems Selection (3 of 6 hours)3Elective in Major/Minor3
Elective in Major/Minor3Elective in Major/Minor3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Colonnade: Connections (Local to Global)3DCS 4003
Elective in Major/Minor3Elective in Major/Minor3
Elective in Major/Minor3Elective in Major/Minor3
Elective in Major/Minor3Elective in Major/Minor3
Elective in Major/Minor3Elective in Major/Minor3
 15 15
Total Hours 120