A.A. Diversity Course Requirement

Diversity in the curriculum refers to the study of one or more groups that have been historically marginalized on the basis of culture, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, disability, religion, age, immigration, or geopolitical power. Diversity-designated courses facilitate academic inquiry, analysis and understanding of past and current differences, conflicts and relations of power, thereby moving the discourse of diversity beyond mere tolerance, celebration, or appreciation.

Students who entered in Fall 2011, or later, must take at least one diversity-designated course to receive an AA degree. See Courses for a list of approved courses.

Many Washington state colleges have a diversity requirement. By joining our peer colleges, we prepare students for transfer to the university level, as well as for adult life in a diverse world with changing demographics. Learning about diversity serves all students, positively impacting campus climate. It is distinctly important for the recruitment and retention of students of color.

Diversity Course List