CCA’s Diversity Studies Program offers an intensive exploration of cultural diversity in America and in other world cultures that have impacted American society. A commitment to social change and social justice informs the program’s investigations into the processes and constructions of racial/ethnic, gender/sexual, and socioeconomic inequalities.
Diversity Studies seminar and studio courses educate and inform students about the contributions of historically underrepresented, indigenous, immigrant, and forced migratory communities to American arts, history, culture, and society.
The courses also introduce students to the interrelations between global communities and the impact of race/ethnicity and cultural formation to art making and design practices. This approach to study enables students to become capable critical thinkers and well-informed artists who are better prepared to function effectively in an increasingly complex and diverse U.S. society.
Moreover, students will develop the necessary analytical skills to understand the historical and cultural achievements of diverse communities to the arts and society as a whole.
CCA’s Diversity Studies requirement may be satisfied only with the transfer of a course from another four-year accredited institution with ethnic, diversity, or American studies programs. Note: The program chair must preapprove all credit transfers.
Critique the theoretical frameworks of mainstream art and culture by decentering Eurocentric canons in order to achieve an increased understanding, appreciation, and respect for the diverse range of arts, cultures, histories, traditions, and modes of communication of global communities
Explore, analyze, and study the social, political, and economic contexts of cultural production and artistic expressions, as well as realize an expanded consciousness of the true potential of the United States if diversity were fully manifested
Provide a rigorous and disciplined examination of the past and present experiences of historically oppressed and underrepresented racial/ethic groups in the United States
Identify, acknowledge, and critique the effects of institutionalized oppression and dominant group privilege in relationship to the arts world
Provide an opportunity for students to engage with local and global diverse communities, and accurately interpret their social and cultural experiences
Expose students to artists and scholars who position diversity as a core value in their work
Expand, diversify, and influence the content and pedagogical approaches to teaching throughout the college’s curriculum
Upon completion of the Diversity Studies Program students will have:
Gained an in-depth understanding of issues, traditions, and/or themes arising from the history, culture, and present condition of diverse communities, particularly the historically underrepresented, immigrant and forced migratory communities of the United States
Learned to question traditional disciplinary boundaries and their underlying assumptions, as well as the relationship of social/political institutions to literature, art, and cultural practices
Fostered an understanding of the material and social conditions of contemporary life in the United States as they intersect with the global community
Developed a historical understanding of diversity studies as an interdisciplinary field of inquiry, particularly the systematic institutional exclusions that led to its official development in the late 1960s as ethnic studies
Implemented skills in creative problem solving and applied them to critical social issues
Acquired an appreciation for diversity through developing expansive worldviews
Download the Diversity Studies Learning Objectives (PDF).
(Approved by Diversity Studies faculty
February 25, 2008)
Chair: Sandra Vivanco
Office: Macky Hall, 3rd floor