Diversity Studies Minor

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.

You’ll develop a broad understanding of diversity in society and adapt your plan of study to include topics important to your future career.

Potential Concentrations

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

What You’ll Learn

Hone your understanding of the psychological, social, and institutional factors that perpetuate discrimination and oppression through engaging narratives, theory, and data. By the end of the program, students will:

  • understand the focus and mechanisms of discrimination and oppression
  • be able to identify the bases of discrimination and oppression, the channel through which they are expressed, and the impact this has on individuals and groups
  • 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 
  • understand and appreciate the power of storytelling and narrative to change lives

Diversity Studies Coursework

Students who minor in diversity studies choose classes in a variety of topics, including:

  • Aging in America
  • Biology and Human Culture
  • Critical Perspectives in Sport and Psychology
  • Diversity and the Criminal Justice System
  • Human Sexuality
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Introduction to African American Literature
  • Social Inequalities 

Find a full list in our course catalog.

The diversity studies program fosters critical thinking, collaboration, and the ability to live amicably across difference. In addition to empowering students to become empathic thinkers and informed citizens, the minor helps graduates become effective members of a diverse workforce. Companies have a vested interest in cultivating employees who are comfortable working in culturally-diverse environments. Pursuing a diversity studies minor is one way students can prepare to enter the workforce, while embracing Mercy values.

— Dr. Eden Wales Freedman, Associate Professor of English