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Cultural Diversity Flag Criteria

The following criterion was developed and approved by the Faculty Council.

To satisfy the Cultural Diversity in the United States Flag, at least one-third of the course grade* must be based on content dealing with the culture, perspectives, and history of one or more underrepresented cultural groups in the United States.

*For three- or four-credit courses. For two-credit hour courses, at least one-half of the course grade should be based on Flag content.


The following interpretation was developed by the faculty committee that oversees the Cultural Diversity Flag and was approved by the Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee.

The purpose of the Cultural Diversity in the United States Flag is for students to explore in depth the beliefs and practices of an underrepresented group or groups subject to persistent marginalization. In learning about these groups in relation to broader social contexts, students will engage in an active process of critical reflection. In order to highlight experiences of underrepresented groups, courses carrying the Cultural Diversity Flag should, whenever possible, include texts (broadly construed) created by members of those cultural groups.

Courses carrying the Cultural Diversity Flag typically focus on the histories, traditions, practices, or aesthetics of one or more underrepresented U.S. communities as a way of understanding their culture. “Cultural groups” may be delimited in terms of shared practices and beliefs and include groups such as women in the United States, certain immigrant communities, and the American Deaf Community. A cultural group will be considered “underrepresented” for this purpose if the experience of its members in the United States has been or continues to be one of persistent marginalization. Small numbers alone are not sufficient to show that a cultural group is underrepresented; rather, differences in the social and political power of a cultural group are key to this determination.