Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice

The study of human diversity, inclusion, and social justice is an important component of a liberal arts education. It exposes us to the richness of human aspirations and achievements, and strengthens our understanding of the essential and equal dignity of all human beings. It provides vantage points for reflection upon our own experiences, beliefs, and practices. It forces us to confront instances of oppression, and to recognize that the experiences, beliefs,

and practices of various people and cultures have been at times misrepresented or underrepresented in academic discourse and in the discourse of American society. It shows us how particular interests and privileges may contribute to misrepresentation or underrepresentation. It helps us make the world more just, more peaceful, and more harmonious.

The University of St. Thomas values the study of diversity, inclusiveness, and social justice also because it is basic to Catholic education. Following the radical call of the gospel, the Church demands justice for the vulnerable and for the economically, socially, and politically oppressed: “Since all men and women possessed of a rational soul and created in the image of God have the same nature and origin,” Gaudium et Spes tells us, “the basic equality which they all share needs to be increasingly recognized” and “every type of discrimination affecting the fundamental rights of the person … should be overcome.”

Finally, the University of St. Thomas believes it is important for students to explore issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice because it wants its graduates to be successful, as well as informed and ethical actors in a diverse society. If graduates of St. Thomas are to be successful, they must understand the significance of human diversity, inclusion, and social justice for a

wide field of human interactions, from those associated with responsible citizenship to those involved in the practice of their chosen professions and disciplines. DISJ core-flagged courses are part of a series of DISJ touchpoints in the core curriculum stretching from the first days of orientation to reflective capstone work, and including curricular and co-curricular components.

A course may satisfy DISJ and the Integrations in the Humanities requirement; however, a single course cannot satisfy both DISJ and a core-area requirement (other than Integrations in the Humanities) for the same student.

Students must take four credits.

Some sections of a course may carry the DISJ flag while others do not. Students should use ClassFinder to determine which course sections satisfy the DISJ requirement in the term for which you are completing the requirement.  

Fall 2020 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
AMCD 200 - L01 American Culture:Power/Identit M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 MCH 111

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

MCH 111

Course Registration Number:

46760 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

David T. Lawrence

In AMCD 200, students learn about the historical and theoretical foundations of Cultural Studies as an academic discipline and use cultural theory to analyze a variety of cultural products and representations. In this course, students look specifically at dominant and subversive constructions of gender, race, ethnicity, national and sexual identities, and how these constructions are deployed through cultural practices and productions such as sports, film and television, folklore and popular culture, youth subcultures, music, and so on. For example, the course may contain units on "nation" and the creation of American mythologies; the process of hero-making in American history; stereotypes and the representation of race and ethnicity in television and film; representations of gender and sexuality in advertising; as well as a section on American music from jazz, blues, folk and roots music, to rock and roll, punk, and hip-hop. This course satisfies the old Human Diversity requirement and the new core Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice requirement.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
EDUC 329 - 01 Diverse Learners & Families See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

45298 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Eleni Roulis

This course is designed to equip prospective teachers with the knowledge, instructional practices, and dispositions to successfully manage diverse classrooms, using their understanding of multiple learning modalities and all types of diversity to promote all students' personal and academic achievement. The course engages candidates with issues such as race, class, gender, exceptionality, oppression, and discrimination while examining the crucial role of educators in influencing positive, systematic change for social justice.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
MOH 3181400-1540M - - - - - -
1400-1540- - W - - - -
-- - - - - - -
MOH 3181400-154005 Oct '20
MOH 3181400-1540M - - - - - -
MOH 3181400-1540M - - - - - -
EDUC 329 - 01A Diverse Learners & Families See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

48102 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Eleni Roulis

This course is designed to equip prospective teachers with the knowledge, instructional practices, and dispositions to successfully manage diverse classrooms, using their understanding of multiple learning modalities and all types of diversity to promote all students' personal and academic achievement. The course engages candidates with issues such as race, class, gender, exceptionality, oppression, and discrimination while examining the crucial role of educators in influencing positive, systematic change for social justice.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
1400-1540M - - - - - -
MOH 3181400-1540- - W - - - -
ENGL 217 - L01 Multicultural Literature See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

46407 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Elizabeth L. Wilkinson

What does it mean to be labeled an African American dramatist? A Latino/a poet? A transgender novelist? An Asian American essayist? A Native American environmental writer? How do the varied experiences and backgrounds of authors writing from diverse subject positions inform, mark, and/or transform their writing? How do the works of these writers fit into, conflict with, actively resist, or even redefine the American Literary canon as it has been traditionally understood? These questions and more will be explored in a chronological framework through extensive reading of literature from: a) American communities of color; b) postcolonial peoples; c) immigrant and/or diasporic peoples; or d) LGBTQ communities. This course will focus on the literary and cultural texts of one or more of these groups with an emphasis on the cultural, political, and historical contexts that surround them. This course fulfills the Historical Perspectives requirement in the English major, and the Human Diversity Requirement in the Core Curriculum. It is pending approval to satisfy the Integration in the Humanities and the Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice requirements in the new core program. Prerequisites: ENGL 121 or ENGL 201, 202, 203 or 204. NOTE: For students under the current degree program who started the core literature/writing requirement with ENGL 121, you will need to complete an ENGL 201-204 class in order to fulfill that core requirement--this course will not fulfill that requirement. However, students under the current degree program who started the core literature/writing requirement with an ENGL 201-204 or 206 class may take this course to complete their core literature/writing requirement.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
OEC 2061335-1510M - - - - - -
1335-1510- - W - - - -
ENGL 217 - L1A Multicultural Literature See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

47809 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Elizabeth L. Wilkinson

What does it mean to be labeled an African American dramatist? A Latino/a poet? A transgender novelist? An Asian American essayist? A Native American environmental writer? How do the varied experiences and backgrounds of authors writing from diverse subject positions inform, mark, and/or transform their writing? How do the works of these writers fit into, conflict with, actively resist, or even redefine the American Literary canon as it has been traditionally understood? These questions and more will be explored in a chronological framework through extensive reading of literature from: a) American communities of color; b) postcolonial peoples; c) immigrant and/or diasporic peoples; or d) LGBTQ communities. This course will focus on the literary and cultural texts of one or more of these groups with an emphasis on the cultural, political, and historical contexts that surround them. This course fulfills the Historical Perspectives requirement in the English major, and the Human Diversity Requirement in the Core Curriculum. It is pending approval to satisfy the Integration in the Humanities and the Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice requirements in the new core program. Prerequisites: ENGL 121 or ENGL 201, 202, 203 or 204. NOTE: For students under the current degree program who started the core literature/writing requirement with ENGL 121, you will need to complete an ENGL 201-204 class in order to fulfill that core requirement--this course will not fulfill that requirement. However, students under the current degree program who started the core literature/writing requirement with an ENGL 201-204 or 206 class may take this course to complete their core literature/writing requirement.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
1335-1510M - - - - - -
OEC 2061335-1510- - W - - - -
JPST 250 - L01 Intro to Justice & Peace - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

Course Registration Number:

43983 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Obasesam Okoi

Major aspects of world and local conflict, theories of social science relating to conflict and violence, and various proposals for solutions. Among the aspects of conflict studied are cultural differences, scarcity of resources, economic and social structures, international trade, the arms race, corruption, oppression and war. Proposed solutions assessed include development, structural changes, world governance, multinational agencies, military power, civilian-based defense, active nonviolence for social change, conflict resolution, disarmament, cultural exchange, religious revival and prayer. These topics are considered in the light of theory, history, and literature. Students apply these concepts by investigating one country or geographic area in depth through a semester long research project. Usually offered every semester.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
JPST 250 - P1A Intro to Justice & Peace See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

47787 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Amy C. Finnegan

Major aspects of world and local conflict, theories of social science relating to conflict and violence, and various proposals for solutions. Among the aspects of conflict studied are cultural differences, scarcity of resources, economic and social structures, international trade, the arms race, corruption, oppression and war. Proposed solutions assessed include development, structural changes, world governance, multinational agencies, military power, civilian-based defense, active nonviolence for social change, conflict resolution, disarmament, cultural exchange, religious revival and prayer. These topics are considered in the light of theory, history, and literature. Students apply these concepts by investigating one country or geographic area in depth through a semester long research project. Usually offered every semester.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
1330-1510- T - - - - -
1330-1510- - - R - - -
JPST 250 - PL1 Intro to Justice & Peace See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

44490 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Amy C. Finnegan

Major aspects of world and local conflict, theories of social science relating to conflict and violence, and various proposals for solutions. Among the aspects of conflict studied are cultural differences, scarcity of resources, economic and social structures, international trade, the arms race, corruption, oppression and war. Proposed solutions assessed include development, structural changes, world governance, multinational agencies, military power, civilian-based defense, active nonviolence for social change, conflict resolution, disarmament, cultural exchange, religious revival and prayer. These topics are considered in the light of theory, history, and literature. Students apply these concepts by investigating one country or geographic area in depth through a semester long research project. Usually offered every semester.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
1330-1510- T - - - - -
1330-1510- - - R - - -
PSYC 205 - L01 Psychology of Women - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

Course Registration Number:

45587 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Britain A. Scott

An examination of physiological, experiential, and social factors affecting the psychological development of women and their status as adults. Addresses diversity among women and how factors such as class and race intersect with historical and contemporary gender inequalities in women's lives. Topics include: biological and social influences on the development of gender, research on sex-related differences in psychological traits and cognitive abilities, media image and stereotypes of women, close relationships and sexuality, mothering, employment, aging, violence against women, and psychological health. Prerequisite: PSYC 111

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
SOCI 251 - W01 Race and Ethnicity See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

44066 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Patricia L. Maddox

Race and ethnicity as significant components of U.S. social structure; the cognitive and normative aspects of culture which maintain and effect varying manifestations of social distance, tension, prejudice and discrimination between majority and minorities at both micro and macro levels, nationally and internationally. This course meets a requirement in American Cultural Studies and Justice and Peace Studies. Prerequisite: sophomore standing

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
OEC 2071055-1200M - - - - - -
1055-1200- - W - - - -
1055-1200- - - - F - -
SOCI 251 - W1A Race and Ethnicity See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

47981 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Patricia L. Maddox

Race and ethnicity as significant components of U.S. social structure; the cognitive and normative aspects of culture which maintain and effect varying manifestations of social distance, tension, prejudice and discrimination between majority and minorities at both micro and macro levels, nationally and internationally. This course meets a requirement in American Cultural Studies and Justice and Peace Studies. Prerequisite: sophomore standing

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
1055-1200M - - - - - -
OEC 2071055-1200- - W - - - -
1055-1200- - - - F - -
SOCI 251 - W1B Race and Ethnicity See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

47982 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Patricia L. Maddox

Race and ethnicity as significant components of U.S. social structure; the cognitive and normative aspects of culture which maintain and effect varying manifestations of social distance, tension, prejudice and discrimination between majority and minorities at both micro and macro levels, nationally and internationally. This course meets a requirement in American Cultural Studies and Justice and Peace Studies. Prerequisite: sophomore standing

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
1055-1200M - - - - - -
1055-1200- - W - - - -
OEC 2071055-1200- - - - F - -
SOCI 315 - 01 Gender, Culture & Society See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

46027 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Patricia L. Maddox

This course will examine how gender is socially constructed throughout the life-course in American society. An emphasis on social problems related to gender will also be examined on both an individual and structural level, while utilizing historical and modern theoretical perspectives. Topics for study include current sociological research on masculinities, sexual assault, sex trafficking, objectification and the intersections of identity around race/class and sexuality. This course meets a requirement in Women Studies and American Culture and Difference.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
JRC 2471335-1510M - - - - - -
1335-1510- - W - - - -
SOCI 315 - 01A Gender, Culture & Society See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

47775 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Patricia L. Maddox

This course will examine how gender is socially constructed throughout the life-course in American society. An emphasis on social problems related to gender will also be examined on both an individual and structural level, while utilizing historical and modern theoretical perspectives. Topics for study include current sociological research on masculinities, sexual assault, sex trafficking, objectification and the intersections of identity around race/class and sexuality. This course meets a requirement in Women Studies and American Culture and Difference.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
1335-1510M - - - - - -
JRC 2471335-1510- - W - - - -
SOWK 391 - 01 Social Policy for Change See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

44300 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Andrea A. Nesmith

This course equips students to understand and critically analyze current and past social policies. Policy alternatives are explored with a focus on the values and attitudes as well as the societal, economic and political dynamics from which they originate. Roles and responsibilities of citizens and professionals in formulating and implementing policies responsive to actual social needs are addressed. Prerequisite: SOWK 181 (or 281 under the old course number) or consent of the Program Director.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
1330-151010 Sep '20
SCB 3291330-151015 Sep '20
-- - - R - - -
1330-151022 Sep '20
SCB 3291330-151029 Sep '20
1330-151006 Oct '20
SCB 3291330-151013 Oct '20
1330-151020 Oct '20
SCB 3291330-151027 Oct '20
1330-151003 Nov '20
SCB 3291330-151010 Nov '20
1330-151017 Nov '20
SCB 3291330-151024 Nov '20
1330-151001 Dec '20
SCB 3291330-151008 Dec '20
1330-151015 Dec '20
1330-151022 Dec '20
SOWK 391 - 01A Social Policy for Change See Details * *

Days of Week:

See Details

Time of Day:

*

Location:

*

Course Registration Number:

48027 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Andrea A. Nesmith

This course equips students to understand and critically analyze current and past social policies. Policy alternatives are explored with a focus on the values and attitudes as well as the societal, economic and political dynamics from which they originate. Roles and responsibilities of citizens and professionals in formulating and implementing policies responsive to actual social needs are addressed. Prerequisite: SOWK 181 (or 281 under the old course number) or consent of the Program Director.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
1330-151010 Sep '20
1330-151015 Sep '20
-- - - R - - -
SCB 3291330-151022 Sep '20
1330-151029 Sep '20
SCB 3291330-151006 Oct '20
1330-151013 Oct '20
SCB 3291330-151020 Oct '20
1330-151027 Oct '20
SCB 3291330-151003 Nov '20
1330-151010 Nov '20
SCB 3291330-151017 Nov '20
1330-151024 Nov '20
SCB 3291330-151001 Dec '20
1330-151008 Dec '20
SCB 3291330-151015 Dec '20
1330-151022 Dec '20

J-Term 2021 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 217 - L01 Multicultural Literature - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

10669 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Kelli A. Larson

What does it mean to be labeled an African American dramatist? A Latino/a poet? A transgender novelist? An Asian American essayist? A Native American environmental writer? How do the varied experiences and backgrounds of authors writing from diverse subject positions inform, mark, and/or transform their writing? How do the works of these writers fit into, conflict with, actively resist, or even redefine the American Literary canon as it has been traditionally understood? These questions and more will be explored in a chronological framework through extensive reading of literature from: a) American communities of color; b) postcolonial peoples; c) immigrant and/or diasporic peoples; or d) LGBTQ communities. This course will focus on the literary and cultural texts of one or more of these groups with an emphasis on the cultural, political, and historical contexts that surround them. This course fulfills the Historical Perspectives requirement in the English major, the Human Diversity requirement in the old core curriculum, and the Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice flag in the new core curriculum. It also completes the core Literature and Writing requirement for those who started with an ENGL 201-204 class in the old core curriculum, satisfies the allied COJO/ENGL requirement for select business students, and fulfills the WAC Writing to Learn requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL 121, 190, 201, 202, 203, or 204.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
JPST 250 - L01 Intro to Justice & Peace M T W R - - - 0900 - 1200

Days of Week:

M T W R - - -

Time of Day:

0900 - 1200

Location:

Course Registration Number:

10520 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Obasesam Okoi

Major aspects of world and local conflict, theories of social science relating to conflict and violence, and various proposals for solutions. Among the aspects of conflict studied are cultural differences, scarcity of resources, economic and social structures, international trade, the arms race, corruption, oppression and war. Proposed solutions assessed include development, structural changes, world governance, multinational agencies, military power, civilian-based defense, active nonviolence for social change, conflict resolution, disarmament, cultural exchange, religious revival and prayer. These topics are considered in the light of theory, history, and literature. Students apply these concepts by investigating one country or geographic area in depth through a semester long research project. Usually offered every semester.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

Spring 2021 Courses

Course - Section Title Days Time Location
AMCD 200 - L01 American Culture:Power/Identit - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

Course Registration Number:

25384 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Kanishka Chowdhury

AMCD 200, American Culture:Power/Identity: (This course was originally titled ACST 200: Introduction to American Culture and Difference; the name change has been submitted as an information item to the UCC). In AMCD 200, students learn about the historical and theoretical foundations of Cultural Studies as an academic discipline and use cultural theory to analyze a variety of cultural products and representations. In this course, students look specifically at dominant and subversive constructions of gender, race, ethnicity, national and sexual identities, and how these constructions are deployed through cultural practices and productions such as sports, film and television, folklore and popular culture, youth subcultures, music, and so on. For example, the course may contain units on "nation" and the creation of American mythologies; the process of hero-making in American history; stereotypes and the representation of race and ethnicity in television and film; representations of gender and sexuality in advertising; as well as a section on American music from jazz, blues, folk and roots music, to rock and roll, punk, and hip-hop.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
EDUC 329 - 01 Diverse Learners & Families M - W - - - - 0955 - 1135 MOH 318

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

MOH 318

Course Registration Number:

24138 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Eleni Roulis

This course is designed to equip prospective teachers with the knowledge, instructional practices, and dispositions to successfully manage diverse classrooms, using their understanding of multiple learning modalities and all types of diversity to promote all students' personal and academic achievement. The course engages candidates with issues such as race, class, gender, exceptionality, oppression, and discrimination while examining the crucial role of educators in influencing positive, systematic change for social justice.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
JPST 250 - L01 Intro to Justice & Peace - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

Course Registration Number:

23778 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Obasesam Okoi

Major aspects of world and local conflict, theories of social science relating to conflict and violence, and various proposals for solutions. Among the aspects of conflict studied are cultural differences, scarcity of resources, economic and social structures, international trade, the arms race, corruption, oppression and war. Proposed solutions assessed include development, structural changes, world governance, multinational agencies, military power, civilian-based defense, active nonviolence for social change, conflict resolution, disarmament, cultural exchange, religious revival and prayer. These topics are considered in the light of theory, history, and literature. Students apply these concepts by investigating one country or geographic area in depth through a semester long research project. Usually offered every semester.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
JPST 250 - L02 Intro to Justice & Peace M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

Course Registration Number:

24734 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Obasesam Okoi

Major aspects of world and local conflict, theories of social science relating to conflict and violence, and various proposals for solutions. Among the aspects of conflict studied are cultural differences, scarcity of resources, economic and social structures, international trade, the arms race, corruption, oppression and war. Proposed solutions assessed include development, structural changes, world governance, multinational agencies, military power, civilian-based defense, active nonviolence for social change, conflict resolution, disarmament, cultural exchange, religious revival and prayer. These topics are considered in the light of theory, history, and literature. Students apply these concepts by investigating one country or geographic area in depth through a semester long research project. Usually offered every semester.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
JPST 375 - D01 Conflict Analysis & Transform - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

Course Registration Number:

25901 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4

Instructor:

Amy C. Finnegan

An introduction to issues surrounding conflict and the resolution of conflict in today's world focusing primarily on its contextual manifestation at the international, regional and intrastate levels. The course will explore important structural, social and psychological explanations of conflict. Attention will be given to ethnic and nationalist themes surrounding conflicts and their resolution at the intrastate and international levels. The course will examine how different types of intervention affect conflicts (the media, force, other types of third party intervention). Effective methods that foster an environment conducive to resolving or managing disputes will be studied. As part of the final task, the course will critically study how institutions such as power-sharing arrangements, federalism, and the rule of law figure into establishing a lasting basis for peaceful co-existence. For Justice and Peace Studies majors doing a concentration in Conflict Transformation, the course will complement JPST 370 Conflict Mediation, but there are no prerequisites and the course is open to students in other majors.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)