Global & U.S. Diversity

Emerson's curriculum emphasizes a global perspective and prepares students to work and live in an increasingly interconnected and multicultural world. Graduating students have a basic understanding of the pluralism of American society and the world at large.

Global Diversity (4 credits)

Courses in this perspective emphasize a global perspective and help prepare students to work and live in an increasingly interconnected and multicultural world.

Students may fulfill the Global Diversity Perspective simultaneously with any other requirement. Choose from the following courses:

Course Code Course Information
CC 203 Intercultural Communication
DA 203 Perspectives in World Dance
HI 201 Non-Western World History
HI 204 Islam in the World
IN 153 The Africana Diaspora: Through Lens and Word
IN 203 Post-Colonial Cultures
IN 210 Topics in Global Studies
IN 213 Introduction to Global Studies
IN 226 Nationalism, Multiculturalism, and Identity
IN 235 The Arab Uprisings
IN 236 Global Protests: From Tahrir Square to Occupy Wall Street and Beyond
IN 318 Women, Media, and Globalization
IN 321 Asian/Pacific Rim Film and Literature
IN 322 Global Identity, Local Consumption
IN 323 Global Cities
IN 325 Space, Race and Power
LI 211 Topics in Global Literature
LI 381 Global Literatures
LI 396 International Women Writers
LI 423 Topics in Global Literature
MU 203 Perspectives in World Music
PH 112 Religion in Eastern Cultures
PH 115 Islamic Ways of Life
PL 222 Human Rights
PL 322 Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation
SO 206 Gender in a Global Perspective
VM 214 History of Non-Western Art I: East Asian Arts
VM 215 History of Non-Western Art II: South Asian Arts
VM 301 Post-Colonial Cinema
VM 410 Seminar in Non-Western Art
VM 418 Transnational Asian Cinema

U.S. Diversity (4 credits)

Courses in this perspective foster an understanding of the cultural pluralism of American society and focus on understanding of the historical, artistic, and/or political contexts of cultural traditions and an appreciation of the value of diversity itself as a democratic and intellectual strength. Choose from the following courses:

Course Code Course Information
CC 344 Rhetoric of Social Movements
CD 153 Images of the Disabled
HI 203 Social Movements in the U.S.
HI 211 African American History
HS 102 First-Year Honors Seminar II (Honor students only)
IN 152 Cultural Constructions of Identity
IN 211 Africana Thought and Practice
IN 223 Blacks, Whites, and Blues
JR 555 Reporting Issues of Cultural Diversity
LI 208 U.S. Multicultural Literatures
LI 209 Topics in U.S. Multicultural Literature
LI 210 American Women Writers
LI 361 Native American Literature
LI 382 African American Literature
LI 481 Topics in African American Literature
MU 139 History of Jazz
PL 332 Civil Rights
PS 306 Psychology of Prejudice
SO 200 Communities and Race Relations
TH 313 African-American Theatre and Culture
VM 307 Communication Ethics and Cultural Diversity

World Languages (8 credits)

Courses in this perspective ensure that students can express themselves in the target language using a range of lexical items and grammatical constructions in order to converse effectively, demonstrate a growing ability to comprehend information and ideas, and obtain an appreciation and understanding of the culture affiliated with the target language.

Students must demonstrate qualification (i.e., the completion of an Elementary II-level course) in a single foreign language or in American Sign Language. Bilingual students or students who completed three years of high school study in any one foreign language will have the World Language requirement waived.