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 – March 2020

Africana Studies

AFRS 319: The Ethnic Experience in the U.S. – Dr. Maulana Karenga
Comparative study of race, cultures, and ethnic relations in U.S. society with special focus on experiences of four core groups: Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latino Americans.

American Indian Studies

AIS 319: The Ethnic Experience in the U.S. – Dr. Craig Stone
Examination of dynamics of development of our multicultural society, emphasizing study of the four distinct ethnic strands of American society (Asian American, Black American, Mexican American, and American Indian) and their role in maintenance of cultural diversity in United States.

AIS 336: Indigenous Philosophies of Sustainability – Dr. Theresa Gregor
Detailed examination and comparison of Indigenous philosophies of sustainability, worldviews, and life experiences of American Indians in the United States compared to western society. Emphasis on American Indian philosophical traditions and applied sustainability practices.

AIS 345: Working with American Indian and Indigenous Families – Harrelson Notah
Systematic study and analysis of the structure and function of American Indian and Indigenous families in the United States. Examine the socioeconomic, political, and cultural factors that influence the family system and explore approaches to working with American Indian and Indigenous families.

 AIS 454: Contemporary Indigenous Arts in the United States and American Territories – Moira West
Analysis of Indigenous arts in the United States and American territories, with an emphasis on Native American and Pacific Islander cultures, from 1950 to the present.

 AIS 485: American Indians and the Law – Judge Deborah Sanchez
Provides an in-depth study of the legal relationships between the United States, individual states, Indian people, and Indian Nations. Begins with first contact between Indian people and English colonists and continues to the present time.

Comparative World Literature

CWL 315: Literature and Medicine – Jessica Brooks, Dr. Katherine McLoone, and Dr. Vlatka Velcic
Interdisciplinary examination of the complex relationship between medicine and human experience, integrating materials from the humanities and social sciences to explore diverse experiences across cultures, between and among genders, and in various economic and social contexts.


ENGL 370: Chicana/o and Latina/o Literature – Dr. Dennis López
Comparative study of literature and culture by Chicanas/os and Latinas/os within a range of historical, social, and political contexts. Focus on narrative, poetry, film, and the visual and performing arts.

ENGL 372: Comedy in the United States – Anthony Atherton
Study of the history of American comedy from beginnings to present. Focuses on literature, but also on American traditions of humor on stage, in film, in song, and in signs. Explores theories of comedy.

ENGL 375: U.S. Ethnic Writers – Dr. Araceli Esparza and Margaret Karteron
Survey of U.S. writers of various non-European ethnic backgrounds who have made major contributions in all literary genres.

Journalism and Public Relations

JOUR 415: Diversity in the Media – Dr. Emmy Lou Daugherty, Candace Mariquez Wrenn and Dr. Soumitro Sen
Students examine the relationship between media and the marginalization, misrepresentation and discrimination of individuals and groups in the United States. Students will identify, analyze and challenge depictions of class, gender, ethnicity, race, religion and those with disabilities in U.S. media.


PHIL 451: Liberty and Justice: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in American Law – Dr. Amanda Trefethen
Philosophical and legal analysis of how liberty and justice for different races, ethnic groups and genders have been treated in American law.

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