Diversity and Identity in the U.S.


Effective 1 June 2023 through 31 May 2024

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21 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences/Global Languages, Cultures and Societies Department and is only available at the St. Louis main campus.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.

The multicultural studies program offers a certificate titled diversity and identity in the U.S., which provides students from all academic backgrounds the opportunity to identify multicultural studies as a particular area of interest. Students will gain a solid foundation in issues of diversity and identity across the many subcultures of the United States as well as in their particular area of interest with the discipline. Students will complete six credits hours of coursework that broadly explores multicultural issues and six credit hours of courses that address more specific topics in the field. Finally, students will present a self-selected project to the Multicultural Studies Committee. Classes taken as part of a student’s undergraduate major may be used toward completion of the certificate.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of the social-cultural formation of categories of identity in the U.S.
  • Compare and contrast the experiences and challenges of different categories of people in the U.S.
  • Explain how different categories of people have struggled to improve their political and economic circumstances and empower their communities.


The 21 credit hours required for this certificate include the following courses:

Core Courses (6 hours and a research project)

  • MULC 1100 Introduction to Multicultural Studies (3 hours)
  • MULC 4650 Seminar in Multicultural Studies (3 hours)
  • MULC 4900 Independent Research Project (0 hours)

Category One: Broad Study in Multiculturalism (6 credit hours)

  • ANSO 3130 Race and Ethnicity (3 hours)
  • ANSO 4250 Class, Status and Power (3 hours)
  • EDUC 3150 Education in a Diverse Society (3 hours)
  • ENGL 2086 U.S. Literature of Diversity (3 hours)
  • MDST 2800 Media, Diversity and Society (3 hours)
  • POLT 2070 Politics of Race and Ethnicity (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3650 Prejudice and Discrimination (3 hours)
  • RELG 2420 Religion and Culture (3 hours)

Category Two: Analysis of Particular Subcultures (6 credit hours)

  • ANSO 2200 Peoples and Cultures (with appropriate subtitle) (3 hours)
  • ANSO 4300 Global Sex, Gender and Sexuality (3 hours)
  • EDUC 2900 The Education of Students with Exceptionalities (3 hours)
  • HIST 2320 African American History (3 hours)
  • HIST 3060 History Roundtable: The Life and Legacy of Malcolm X (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3170 Jazz History I (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3180 Jazz History II (3 hours)
  • PHIL 3370 Feminist Philosophy (3 hours)
  • RELG 2500 Gender, Culture, and Religion (3 hours)
  • WGST 1010 Women, Gender, and Sexuality Around the World (3 hours)

These list will be updated periodically. Please see the course schedule book for a listing of any new or topics courses which fulfill the certificate. Other relevant courses may be substituted upon petition to and approval by the Multicultural Studies Committee.