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Diversity Studies

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Essential social perspectives

Develop a broad understanding of diversity in society.

Mount Mercy University’s diversity studies minor will equip you with knowledge, skills, and perspectives essential to civic participation, career development, and promoting a just and equitable society.

Our diversity studies minor is interdisciplinary and flexible by design. The program intersects with several different academic disciplines and complements many of MMU’s majors, including criminal justice, nursing, English, social work, and more.

Alexa Zamora, a diversity studies student

The program at Mount Mercy helped me grow as an individual and as a learner.


Hone your understanding of psychological and institutional factos.

Potential concentrations:

  • Aging
  • Disability
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Social Class

By the end of the program, students will:

  • Understand the focus and mechanisms of discrimination and oppression
  • Understand and appreciate the unique experiences of persons of color, women, LGBTQ+ persons, the impoverished, immigrants, children, the elderly, and the (dis)abled as well as how underrepresented and vulnerable group members’ status and experiences help shape individual lives
  • Apply critical thinking skills and self-examination to become aware of their own potential biases
  • Understand how emerging societal trends impact marginalized experiences

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What are the next steps?

Mount Mercy offers competitive tuition and generous scholarships.

We also encourage all students to apply for federal, state, and other kinds of financial assistance.

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We make it easy by accepting applications year-round! No deadline, no fee, no pressure.

  1. Create your application
  2. Apply under standard admissions criteria or go "test optional"
  3. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Mail to:

* Mount Mercy University Admissions
  1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
  Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

* If you are applying for an accelerated program, please mail to "Accelerated Programs"

For more detailed instructions on how to apply, see our Admissions page.