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Enhance Your Understanding of Others with a Diversity Studies Minor

Enhance Your Understanding of Others with a Diversity Studies Minor

Modern technology has allowed people from around the world to become ever more interconnected, while populations in cities across the globe become more diverse. As individuals from different cultures and backgrounds live and work among each other in increasing numbers, it has never been more vital to possess an understanding of diverse populations and how to apply this knowledge in both your professional and personal life.

The OU Extended Campus Minor in Diversity Studies is a 15-hour, online program that will help you build and learn the skills necessary to become a better leader, coworker, classmate, teacher and community member, while broadening your knowledge and perspective of what it means to live in a multicultural society.

The Diversity Studies minor is available for all current undergraduate degree-seeking students at the University of Oklahoma and is a great complement to almost any career field.

All undergraduate courses in this program are eight weeks long, and requirements must be completed concurrently with your major degree requirements. The number of credit hours you take each semester should be discussed with your advisor and reflective of your personal and work schedules, as these courses are fast-paced and intensive.


After being admitted to the program, you’ll complete 15 hours of coursework. Required courses include Cultural Diversity in the World (three hours) and Diversity in the United States (three hours).

You will also choose three additional three-hour electives of your choice. Elective course options include Introduction to World Cultural Studies, Social Justice Leadership, Leadership in LGBTQ Studies, Understanding Race in American Society, Understanding Educational Inequality in the U.S., Class and Economic Inequality in America, Exploring Race and Gender in Film, Multiculturalism in the Workplace, The Human Experience: The Role of Culture, Contemporary Social Issues, Human Arrangements: Troubled Institutions, Probs. Inequality, Women in the Bible and Qur’an, and Women of the Middle East and North Africa.

At least nine (9) hours for the minor must be earned from courses offered by the College of Professional and Continuing Studies. No single course may be used by a student to satisfy a major requirement and a minor requirement, and courses may not be taken Pass/No Pass.

A minimum 2.00 GPA (OU and Combined) is required in minor coursework to successfully earn a minor.


When you earn a minor from OU Extended Campus, you’ll gain valuable skills and bolster your education with a degree from a respected university. You’ll also learn from top-notch professors while interacting with other students in online forums or on campus.

Students interested in adding a Diversity Studies minor to their curriculum should consult with their advisor to complete a minor request form. For more information, contact the OU Extended Campus Online academic advisors at pacs.ou.edu/current-students/advisors.

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Myk Mahaffey

Michael Mahaffey holds degrees in journalism and psychology. He is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience writing for print and digital publications, including award-winning coverage of the rodeo industry. In his spare time, he writes fiction, in addition to tinkering with graphic design and photography.