25 credits total. A maximum of 10 credits from a department may be applied toward the Diversity Minor, including the student's major. A minimum of 15 credits must be completed in residence at the UW. For a complete list of course options, see the courses page.

25 credits to include the following:

One course from the following list of Foundation courses (5 credits):

  • AES 151 Introduction to the Cultures of American Ethnic Groups
  • AES 212 Comparative American Ethnic Literature
  • AIS 102 Introduction to American Indian Studies
  • ANTH 228 Identities
  • C LIT 323 Studies in the Literature of Emerging Nations: Colonialism, Neo-Colonialism and the Nation Form
  • COM 289 Communication and Difference
  • HSTAA 105 The Peoples of the United States
  • HSTLAC 185 Race, Gender, and Class in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • LSJ/CHID/DIS ST 230 Introduction to Disability Studies
  • PSYCH 250 Racism and Minority Groups
  • GWSS 200 Introduction to Women Studies

A minimum of 4 additional courses with one course from 4 of the 5 following categories (20 credits): 

Arts/Cultural, Historical, Global, Contemporary/Institutional, Applications. For more information, refer to the Learning Goals and course criteria page.

These are examples of courses that apply to the different categories:


  • AES 212 Comparative American Ethnic Literature (5) I&S/VLPA 
  • ART H 331 Northwest Coast Indian Art (5) I&S/VLPA, w/ ANTH 331
  • GWSS 454 Women, Words, Music, and Change (5) I&S/VLPA, w/ ANTH 454


  • CHSTU 254 Northwest Latinos: History, Community, Culture (5) I&S
  • HSTAA 150 Introduction to African-American History (5) I&S, w/ AFRAM 150


  • ANTH 316 Modern South Asia (5) I&S w/ SISSA 316
  • GEOG 123 Introduction of Globalization (5) I&S, w/ SIS 123
  • SIS 470 Human Rights in Latin America (5) I&S w/ LSJ 410


  • COM 306 Media, Society and Political Identity (5) I&S, w/ POL S 306
  • LING 458 Language and Gender (5) I&S, VLPA, w/ ANTH 450/ WOMEN 450
  • PHYS 451 Issues for Ethnic Minorities & Women in Science and Engineering (5) I&S

Applications: Applied learning opportunities that provide experiences outside the classroom and promote the goals of the Diversity Minor. Note that they must be approved through the Diversity Minor adviser.

  • Research projects
  • Independent Study
  • Service Learning
  • Study Abroad
  • Intergroup Dialogues Courses (SOC WF 215)
  • Volunteer projects
  • Internships


General Minor Requirements

A minimum 2.00 GPA is required for courses taken to complete a minor. Departments may require a 2.0 (or lower) minimum grade in each course taken for the minor. In such cases, the 2.0 course-grade minimum is specified as part of the minor requirements (shown below). If a 2.0 (or lower) course-grade minimum is not specified, any passing letter or numerical grade is acceptable, so long as the GPA for all courses counted toward the minor is at least 2.00. Courses taken S/NS may not be counted toward a minor.

A student may not complete a major and a minor in the same program. However, there are no limits on the number of credits in a minor that may apply to a different major, and vice versa. For example, some religion courses may count toward the comparative history of ideas minor. A student who minors in comparative history of ideas and majors in comparative religion may count these courses toward both the minor and the major.

Courses in the minor may also count, as appropriate, toward foreign language, Q/SR, writing, and Areas of Knowledge requirements, without restriction. Also note that if the minor is in a school/college different from that of the major, the student must complete the general education requirements for the school/college of the major, but not the minor.

Completing the Minor

A student who declares the Diversity Minor must submit a graduation application, specific to the Diversity Minor, during the first weeks of her/his last quarter. This graduation application is sent to the Graduation and Academic Records Office, and may be completed through the Diversity Minor Adviser. If the graduation application is not submitted, the Graduation and Academic Records Office may contact the student to ask if s/he wishes to pursue the minor or drop it. 

If a student lists a minor on the graduation application, the student must complete that minor or drop it officially, or graduation will not be granted. This protects the student from being graduated when the actual intent is to remain matriculated in order to complete the minor.

Adding Minors After Applying to Graduate

A student who wants to add a minor after the graduation application has been submitted must see his/her adviser, who will update the application and notify the Graduation and Academic Records Office of the change.

Certifying Completion of the Minor

Minors are posted on the student's transcript. A minor must be awarded at the same time the student's first bachelor's degree is awarded. This means:

  • A student who does not graduate cannot be awarded a minor.
  • A student can not earn a minor after having graduated.


Diversity Minor students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship, volunteer project, research project, study abroad, Intergroup Dialogues course, or some applied learning opportunity that promotes the goals of the Diversity Minor. Note that students need to talk with the Diversity Minor adviser for approval.

For additional information, please contact the Diversity Minor program office.


Diversity Initiatives at UW Bothell and Tacoma

For information about the UW Bothell Diversity Minor Program, please see here.  For information about diversity initiatives and programs at UW Tacoma, please see here.