Human Diversity

""Courses in Human Diversity

It is the goal of the University that courses at CSULB foster respect for racial and ethnic diversity in the US. Thus, the sample of courses featured below introduce students to the life experiences of people with whom they are less familiar. This promotes the understanding of diversity and encourages tolerance and acceptance of others in our increasingly multicultural society. While CSULB recognizes the importance of other forms of diversity—gender, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability status, nationality, etc.—these featured courses focus specifically on the experiences and concerns of four historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups within the US: Native Americans, African Americans, Latinx people, and Asian Americans. These courses therefore provide a critical examination and understanding of the nature and social implications of race and racialized ethnicity as both social constructions and lived realities, especially as it relates to the four historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups in the US named above.

Featured Courses – December 2019


GEOG 120: Geography of Human Diversity in the United States – Dr. Norman Carter, Joseph Diminutto, and Dr. Deshonay Dozier
Examines America’s Human Diversity from a geographic perspective focusing on the spatial distribution and organization of race/ethnicity and gender/sexuality groups across the U.S.’s rural and urban cultural landscapes while emphasizing the spatial politics of inclusion and exclusion.

GEOG 304: California – Dr. Norman Carter, and Dr. Deshonay Dozier
An exploration of California’s diverse natural and cultural environment with emphasis upon social and economic problems and the human response to environmental hazards.


HIST 473: California History – Jeffrey Lawler, Caitlin Parker, and Robert Louis Schraff
Survey of California from the 1500s to the present. Emphasis on migration, cultural diversity, and significant social, political, and economic developments.


LING 425: Education Across Cultures – Dr. Amir Sharifi and Dr. Diana A. Porras
Cross cultural perspectives on formal and informal education and socialization, using theory and methods from anthropology and linguistics. Cultural variation in schooling and multiculturalism in U.S. classrooms. Cultural, linguistic and educational issues facing indigenous, minority and immigrant populations in schools.

LING 472: Language and Social Justice – Dr. Amir Sharifi
Survey and analysis of how language is implicated in social justice issues related to racial, ethnic, gender, class and other sociocultural categories and identities. Draws on historical and contemporary examples from education, law, politics, and media in the U.S.


PSY 351: Social Psychology – Ronda Cowan
Social psychology is the study of group behavior. Social psychology also studies the influence of others on an individual’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors within the context of social interactions. The course is designed to familiarize students with the core theories, concepts, and methods of social psychology. The course will provide an overview of the following topics: research methods, conformity, mass communication, social cognition, attitudes and attitude change, conformity and helping behavior, group processes, interpersonal relationships, aggression and violence, and the application of social psychology to other fields. Cultural issues are heavily emphasized through course lectures, readings, and assignments.

PSY 361: Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development – Bernadette O’Leary
Developmental change processes from prenatal development through adolescence. Emphasis on ethnic, gender, and social class differences in development combined with emphasis on the universal features of human development. Topic coverage includes physical-motor, social, physiological, and cognitive aspects of development.

PSY 375: Community Psychology – Andrew Lohmann and Dr. Danielle Kohfeldt
Examination, prevention, and interventions for contemporary social problems. First-hand experience with community assessment, intervention, evaluation, and social policy through community service learning. Emphasis on contextual analyses, community strengths, and culturally-appropriate solutions.

A full list of Fall 2019 Human Diversity courses can be found at: