Diversity And Community Studies

A.S. Degree - Transfer Program
50% or more of this program can be completed online.

Diversity and Community Studies is a transfer degree program for individuals seeking careers that require knowledge and skills to function in diverse settings. It is suited to those who desire employment in governmental or non-governmental organizations, in multinational corporations, and in agencies of civil society. It is an interdisciplinary program that employs the analytical frameworks of the social sciences and other disciplines of the liberal arts. The program will enable students to: understand issues of group identity rooted in historical experiences and aspirations ; describe the systemic processes behind the realities of inclusion and exclusion; identify the sources of group conflicts; evaluate the way that groups negotiate power, using historical and contemporary examples, to achieve more equitable social orders at the global, national and local levels. The program emphasizes the application of analytical and experiential skills to real world situations.

Students will have the option to choose 1 of 5 possible tracks in this degree program; African American Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Global Studies, Urban Studies.

African American Studies - The African American Studies track embraces the importance of diversity and is designed to provide students with a broad-based interdisciplinary education, enabling the participants to explore and integrate knowledge related to African American studies for eventual transfer and /or for future organizational leadership roles. It strives to provide fresh ideas, new perspectives and possible solutions to historical and contemporary African American issues. The program will appeal to anyone who wants to understand the historical and contemporary injustices of racial oppression as well as those who desire to introduce the importance of diversity in our world.

Cultural Studies - The Cultural Studies track is an interdisciplinary program of study that employs a holistic, unified perspective to understand the complex diversity of human cultural expression. This program emphasizes comparative approaches and cross-cultural perspectives for studying human cultural behaviors as practiced by members of societies around the world. Thus, courses in this track provide students an introduction to different types of social organization, material and expressive culture (art, music, folklore, and symbolic language), religious, ritual and ceremonial traditions, and the cultural implications of a globalizing 21st century world for traditional and modern societies. Students completing this track will gain a better awareness of and sensitivity for each society’s unique range of cultural practices and traditions. Critical thinking and writing skills developed over the course of study in this program will aptly serve students planning to continue their academic studies in the social sciences; and, facilitate a better understanding and appreciation of their own cultural practices.

Gender and Sexuality Studies - The Gender and Sexuality Studies track is an interdisciplinary program of study which defines gender & sexuality as fundamental categories of social and cultural analysis. Working from the assumption that gender & sexuality are social and cultural constructions, this track will examine how gender and sexuality are categories of social organization and power relations. Courses in this track will utilize cross-cultural and historical examination of human behaviors, social institutions and social inequalities, as well as the intersections of gender and sexuality with race, class, ethnicity, age and religion. Upon completion of this track, students will be critical thinkers who can analyze the important roles that gender and sexuality play in our social world.

Global Studies - The purpose of the Global Studies Program is to provide students with the educational tools to better understand the diversity and complexities of the global community. The conceptual approach employed includes the systematic examination of the people, cultures, governments, and institutions that comprise the international system as well as the study of interdependence on a global level. This academic track also prepares students for additional studies in four-year colleges and universities, as well as a range of career opportunities in government, non-profit, and the private sector.

Urban Studies - The Urban Studies track focuses on the evolution of America’s urban communities from their origins in the 17th century to the globalized cities of today. Students study the economic, social, political and cultural forces that influenced the various phases in this transition. This track focuses heavily on the contemporary challenges faced by America’s metropolitan communities coming from developments at the global, national and local levels, challenges such changes in the local economy and problems of employment, the unequal access to material, educational and cultural resources, the fair distribution of public and private resources, environmental problems and land use issues. Students are encouraged to focus on the human as well as material assets of metro communities in constructing socially and environmentally sustainable communities. The track’s academic program includes opportunities to complement the knowledge gained in the classroom with real life experiences in the greater Rochester metro area.

(Housed in the Liberal Arts Department.)

Distribution RequirementsCredit Hours
AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
SOC 101 Introductory Sociology 3
ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology 3
HIS 102 Introduction to African-American Studies3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE3
Total15
SECOND SEMESTER: 15-16 Credit Hours
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE3
HIS 103 African-American History I 3
ENG 210 Literature of the Black Experience 3
NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3-4
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE3
Total15-16
THIRD SEMESTER: 17-18 Credit Hours
MTH 150 Survey of Mathematics (or higher)*3
ENG 216 American Minorities in Literature3
HIS 104 African-American History II3
SOC 201 Race and Ethnicity in the United States3
HEALTH/PHYSICAL EDUCATION2
POS 207 The Urban Political Process in the U.S.3
Total17
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15-16 credits
LIBERAL ARTS ELECTIVE3
MUS 155 African-American Music in America 3
SOC 205 African-American Family 3
PROGRAM ELECTIVE** 3
SERVICE LEARNING 0-1
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 3
Total15-16
TOTAL CREDITS62-64
CULTURAL STUDIES
FIRST SEMESTER: 15-16 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
SOC 101 Introductory Sociology 3
ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology 3
NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3-4
ART 121 Perspectives of Art History III: Non-Western Art 3
Total15-16
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 3
ANT 201 Native American Peoples and Cultures 3
ENG 216 American Minorities in Literature 3
GEG 102 Human Geography 3
MUS 119 Music in World Cultures 3
Total15
THIRD SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
MTH 150 Survey of Mathematics (or higher)* 3
ANT 202 Human Religious Experience 3
HIS 275 History and Cultural Analysis of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
HEALTH/PHYSICAL EDUCATION 2
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 3
Total17
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15-16 credits
LIBERAL ARTS ELECTIVE 3
SOC 150 Perspectives on Global Interdependence 3
PROGRAM ELECTIVE*** 3
PROGRAM ELECTIVE*** 3
SERVICE LEARNING 0-1
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
Total15-16
TOTAL CREDITS 62-64
GENDER AND SEXUALITY STUDIES
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
SOC 101 Introductory Sociology 3
ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
Total15
SECOND SEMESTER: 15-16 Credit Hours
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 3
NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3-4
ENG 217 Women in Literature 3
PSY 150 Psychology of Human Sexuality 3
SOC 204 Families in Society 3
Total15-16
THIRD SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
MTH 150 Survey of Mathematics (or higher)* 3
PSY 202 Developmental Psychology – Adolescence 3
SOC 130 Sociology of Work 3
PROGRAM ELECTIVE*** 3
HEALTH/PHYSICAL EDUCATION 2
SOC 206 Sex and Gender in Society 3
Total17
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15-16 credits
LIBERAL ARTS ELECTIVE 3
SOC 150 Perspectives on Global Interdependence 3
PROGRAM ELECTIVES**** 6
SERVICE LEARNING 0-1
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 3
Total15-16
TOTAL CREDITS 62-64
GLOBAL STUDIES
FIRST SEMESTER: 15-16 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
SOC 101 Introductory Sociology 3
NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3-4
FOREIGN LANGUAGE ELECTIVE 3
ANT 102 Native American Peoples and Cultures 3
Total15-16
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 3
FOREIGN LANGUAGE ELECTIVE (SEQUENCE) 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
POS 220 International Politics 3
GEG 102 Human Geography 3
Total15
THIRD SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
MTH 150 Survey of Mathematics (or higher)* 3
SOC 150 Perspectives on Global Interdependence 3
SOC 209 Environmental Studies 3
PROGRAM ELECTIVE**** 3
HEALTH/PHYSICAL EDUCATION 2
POS 225 Comparative Political Systems 3
Total17
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15-16 credits
LIBERAL ARTS ELECTIVE 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
GEG 218/POS 218 Political Geography 3
PROGRAM ELECTIVE***** 3
SERVICE LEARNING 0-1
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 3
Total15-16
TOTAL CREDITS 62-64
URBAN STUDIES
FIRST SEMESTER: 15-16 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
SOC 101 Introductory Sociology 3
NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3-4
ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 3
Total15-16
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE 3
SOC 130 Sociology of Work 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
SOC 202 Urban Sociology 3
PHL 210 Philosophies of Social Responsibility 3
Total15
THIRD SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
MTH 150 Survey of Mathematics (or higher)* 3
ENG 216 American Minorities in Literature 3
SOC 201 Race and Ethnicity in the United States 3
LIBERAL ARTS ELECTIVE 3
HEALTH/PHYSICAL EDUCATION 2
POS 207 The Urban Political Process in the U.S. 3
Total17
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15-16 credits
GEG 102 Human Geography 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3
HIS 240 The City In American History 3
PROGRAM ELECTIVES****** 6
SERVICE LEARNING 0-1
Total15-16
TOTAL CREDITS 62-64

Recommended Courses:

* MTH 160 strongly recommended.

**ANT 201; ANT 202; BIO 116; HIS 111; HIS 112; HIS 211; HIS 232; HIS 234; HIS 240; HIS 241; POS 120; POS 222; POS 234; SOC 150; SOC 200; SOC 202; SOC 203; SOC 206; SOC 208.

***ANT 110; BIO 116; GEG 215; HIS 105; HIS 253; HIS 254; HIS 257; POS 218; PSY 205; SOC 201; SOC 208.

**** ANT 201; ANT 202; ART 240; BIO 116; COM 270; ENG 240; PHL 103; PHL 210; POS 230; PSY 270; SOC 205.

*****ART 121; BIO 116; GEG 211; GEG 215; HIS 226; HIS 253; HIS 254; MUS 119; PHL 104; PHL 210; POS 234 SOC 208; all Foreign Language courses.

****** ART 121; ART 270; BIO 116, ENG 210 GEG 201; GEG 211; GEG 218/POS 218; HIS 103; HIS 104; HIS 234; MUS 120;
POS 120; PSY 101; PSY 205; SOC 150; SOC 200; SOC 203; SOC 209.
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