Diversity and Social Justice


As a Marianist university, the University has a special concern for the poor and marginalized and a responsibility to promote the dignity, rights and responsibilities of all persons and peoples. Students should be able to understand this through studying human diversity issues.


Every student will investigate human diversity issues within a sustained academic context by taking at least three credit hours of coursework that have a central focus on one or more dimensions of diversity that are relevant to social justice.

The course must have a central focus on one or more dimensions of human diversity on the basis of which systems, institutions, or practices that obstruct social justice have functioned. The dimensions may include, but are not limited to, race, gender, socioeconomic class, and sexual orientation. Courses may address diversity within the United States, in a global context, or both. Since the course uses a social justice framework, it will consider constructive responses to such injustice.

  • ENG 307: Varieties of English. Introduction to regional, social, and ethnic varieties of English in North America and throughout the world, focusing on the relationships among English language use, culture, power, status, and identity.
  • ENG 311: Literature for the Common Good. Study of the relationship between literature and the common good, with attention to diverse faith traditions as represented in fiction and poetry. Emphasis on literature's role both in promoting critical reflection on one's own faith commitments and in supporting imaginative encounters with religious diversity.
  • ENG 313: Social Justice and and Dramatic Literature (cross-listed). This course includes domestic and global dramatic literatures that grapple with processes of identity, representation, and performing the “other”.
  • ENG 333: Images of Women in Literature. An examination of significant works from literature that present and respond to images of women. Critical attention is paid to social and historical context including application of feminist critical approaches.
  • ENG 336: Gender and Fiction. The study of the relationship between gender and fiction.
  • ENG 340: US Prison Literature and Culture. Introduction to some of the major voices that have emerged from the prison system from the rise of the modern prison in the late eighteenth century to the contemporary period. THere will be an emphasis on multiple literary texts and films through critical engagement.
  • ENG 342: Literature and the Environment. Study of global environmental literature, fiction and non-fiction, focusing on issues of environmental justice and sustainability and how they intersect with race, class, gender, and place.
  • ENG 352: Appalachian Literature and Culture. Study of the Appalachian literary and cultural production through experiential engagement and a multidisciplinary framework.
  • ENG 360: US Latina/Latino Literature. Introduction to the diverse cultures and literary forms that define Latina/o literature, along with appropriate interpretive methods for thinking, researching, and writing about Latina/o literature.
  • ENG 366: Health Literacy and Social Justice. The study of health literacy from a public health and social justice perspective, examining the impact of limited health literacy on people’s access to and understanding of written health care information.
  • ENG 466: TESOL Methods for Teaching English Language Learners (cross-listed). Introduction to key concepts in Teaching English to speakers of other languages. Students will investigate approaches to teaching the four skills of English (reading, writing, listening and speaking) across varying contexts and proficiency levels. 

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