The purpose of the Cultural Diversity in the United States Flag is for students to explore in-depth the shared practices and beliefs of one or more underrepresented cultural groups subject to persistent marginalization. In addition to learning about these diverse groups in relation to their specific contexts, you’ll also reflect on your own cultural experiences.
For a course at UT to satisfy the Cultural Diversity Flag, it must meet the following definition:
- 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. For one-hour credit courses, the whole course grade (100%) should be based on Flag content.
- Courses should not focus on broad or systemic issues at the expense of a focus on the experiences of cultural group members
- Whenever possible, courses should include texts (including art, music, written work, scholarship, etc.) created by members of those cultural groups
- Students will learn about underrepresented cultural groups in the US in relation to their own cultural experiences so that they engage in critical reflection
What is a Cultural Diversity Flag class like?
Cultural Diversity courses are taught across the curriculum in departments all over campus, both at the upper- and lower-division levels and cover a wide variety of topics.
Each instructor will use the Cultural Diversity requirement in unique ways to enhance the class. You might be asked to engage in an activism project, write from the perspective of someone from a different demographic, or explore issues of social justice. Any such activities are designed to help you master course content while deepening your appreciation for the variety of lived experiences in the U.S.
Examples of courses that carry the Cultural Diversity Flag:
- AFR 301: African American Culture
- MUS 307: History of Rock Music
- J 334F: Oral History as Journalism
- WGS 303: Introduction to LGBTQ Studies