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March 24, 2011 Volume 32, No. 25

Diversity course proposal moves forward

The UM Faculty Council has agreed on a proposal to require students to take a three-hour diversity-intensive course before graduation.

According to the proposal, diversity-intensive courses should focus on understanding differing social groups and explore social inequalities related to ethnicity, race, class, gender and religion. A subcommittee of the Committee on Undergraduate Education, made up of “qualified faculty members” from at least three MU colleges, will be created to develop criteria for courses that will be credited as diversity-intensive courses.

Faculty and student groups have been debating a diversity requirement since 2004. The proposal is subject to approval by the general faculty, which meets April 19.