The Critical Diversity Studies major (CDS) is an interdisciplinary program of study that explores diversity in the United States, addresses the complex histories of our nation, and imagines solutions for the challenges we face.
The Critical Diversity Studies curriculum emphasizes critical thinking about the social categories that constitute our nation, like race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, citizenship, and religion. And it encourages creative analysis about achieving democratic ideals in our work environments, politics, and culture.
Students graduating with a CDS major will be uniquely prepared to work in diverse contexts, including: human resources, education, social work, nonproﬁt and for-proﬁt management, policy research and implementation, the law, and civic administration.
To major in CDS, a student must successfully complete 40 units: a 20-unit core of intersectional, interdisciplinary courses, and a 20-unit concentration in African American Studies, Asian Pacific American Studies, Latin@/Chican@ and Indigenous Studies, Gender and Sexualities Studies, or Comparative Diversity Studies. Alternatively, a student can minor in one of these areas of concentration.