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Academic Programs

Academic diversity programs give you the opportunity to expand and enhance your academic major by taking courses specifically designed to develop and increase cultural competency. These programs aid in meeting the challenges of existing in a global society and workplace.


Asian American Studies

A certificate program that focuses on the racial formation, communities, culture, experience and impact of Asian Americans both in historical and contemporary society. (12 credit hours)

Black Studies

This minor offers an awareness of how race, gender, sexuality and class intersect and operate within the African American experience. (18 credit hours)

Chinese Studies

This minor combines extensive language training with a comprehensive study of Chinese literature, culture and society. (24 credit hours)

Gerontology Studies

This program fosters educational, research and service activities relevant to health and aging. It is offered as a minor or a certificate. (15 credit hours)

Global Studies

A minor in Global Studies gives you the opportunity to add a worldwide focus to your program to be more competitive in a globalized workplace. This program is particularly useful for enriching business, government, Foreign Service, foreign language and journalism major courses of study. (9-12 credit hours)

Japanese Studies

This minor combines extensive language training with a comprehensive study of Japanese culture, society and history. (24 credit hours)

Latino and Latin American Studies

This minor focuses on the culture, development, resources, history and societies of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Latino/a peoples around the globe. (18 credit hours)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Studies

The LGBT Studies minor allows students to examine the issues related to identity, power, citizenship and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. (18 credit hours)

The LGBT Studies certificate allows students to examine issues of gender and sexual orientation in a variety of disciplines and careers, such as business, communication, the arts, education, health, humanities, social sciences and human services. (12 credit hours)

Religious Studies

The Religious Studies certificate is an interdisciplinary academic study of global religious belief systems and practices. The program includes courses focused on humanistic, social scientific and artistic studies of religion. (15 credit hours)

Southeast Asian Studies

A minor in Southeast Asian studies combines language training with the opportunity to strengthen your knowledge and expertise in religion, culture and history of the eleven countries that make up this region. These countries include Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. (19-21 credit hours)

Women’s and Gender Studies

The Women’s and Gender Studies minor allows students to examine roles, perceptions and contributions of women, as well as other gender-related issues throughout history. (18 credit hours)

The Women’s and Gender Studies certificate allows students to examine and critically assess the issue of gender inequality throughout history with a global perspective. (18 credit hours)


Contact Us

Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Office of the Provost
Altgeld Hall 215

815-753-8399
equity@niu.edu

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