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West Texas A&M University is home to many programs, initiatives, and activities, which creates a welcoming and supportive campus for diverse populations. The Diversity Inventory is a place to catalog those programs.

The Inventory is always a work in progress and a comprehensive catalog of projects, programs, events, seminars, grants, and research projects related to the University’s concept of diversity and inclusion. To submit an item for the Diversity Inventory, please contact the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at diversity-inclusion@wtamu.edu or 806-651-8482.

 

Anthropology

Human Orgins: ANTH 3321 - A survey of physical, biological and cultural origins of humans in the Old World using data gathered from the fossil record, archeological excavations, modern primate behavior, geological age dating and stratigraphy, genetics and molecular biology.

Arts

Art History I: ARTS 1303 - Survey of artistic development from the prehistoric period to the 14th century. Provides an introduction to a variety of artists, media institutions, and issues of art history.

Art History II: ARTS 1304 - Survey of artistic development from the 14th century to the  present. Provides an introduction to a variety of artists, media,  institutions, and issues of art history.

Art of Fashion: ARTS 3302 - The history of fashion from the ancient world to today. An interdisciplinary investigation and demonstration of how fashion plays a crucial role in the production of cultural forms, including theatre, art, and film. Cross-listed with THRE 3302.

Biology

Human Variations: BIOL 4345 - Survey course of the anatomical, physiological, and psychological variations in humans. Mechanisms of variations discussed includes genetics, developmental, diseases, environmental, nutritional, aging, and purposeful alterations. The concept and history of the idea of  race is also discussed. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 or BIOL 3440

Business

International Business: BUSI 3319 - Study and analysis of business activities that cross national  boundaries. Includes growth of the multinational enterprise, foreign direct investment, cross-cultural management, international marketing, international finance, global business strategy, and exports and imports. Prerequisite(s): MGT 3330, MKT 3340

Law and Economics: BUSI 4305 - Application of economic concepts of scarcity, choice, preferences, incentives, supply and demand to explain legal and political rules, social conventions, firms and contracts, government organizations, and other institutions. An efficiency-based perspective on major areas of the law, including contract, tort, and nuisance law. Cross-listed with ECON 4305

Cross-Cultural Issues in Business: BUSI 4333 - Studies business communication variables as they function in varied cultures and subcultures. Consider problems, barriers, and patterns of communication that occur across cultural boundaries applied to
managerial situations. The specific communicative contexts and settings include conflicts, business, identity management, interpersonal communication, language perspectives, and nonverbal communication.

Communication

Intercultural Communication: COMM 2377 - Investigates relationship between culture and communication, and strategies to overcome barriers in the communication process created by diverse social forms and belief systems. Cultural patterns and assumptions and how they relate to intracultural, cross-cultural, interethnic and international communication.

Gender Communication: COMM 3370 - Explores communication about women and men as well as communication between women and men. Topics include gender differences, images of gender in mass media, gender images shaped by language, and communication between men and women in a variety of contexts.

Communication Study Abroad: COMM 4300 - Immersion in communication culture through a faculty-led study abroad experience. Course content is tied directly to the culture of the country in which the course is based. May be repeated once for a maximum of six semester credit hours. A fee is charged to cover actual cost of study abroad trip. Cross-listed with MCOM 4300.

Criminal Justice

Women and the Criminal Justic System: CRIJ 3382 - Evolution and impact of women’s participation in the justice system as
victims, offenders and professionals. Cross-listed with SOCI 3382.

Economics

Principles of Macroeconomics: ECON 2301 - Survey of macroeconomic principles and their application to U.S. and global concerns. Course will also deal with multicultural aspects of domestic and international economics.

Intermediate Macroeconomics Theory: ECON 3312 - Analysis of determinants of the aggregate level of the national income and employment; characteristics and causes of fluctuations in production, income and employment; problems of measurement and forecasting and proposals for economic stabilization. Prerequisite(s): ECON 2301, ECON 2302

Economics of the Public Sector: ECON 4332 - Economic analysis of tax and spending programs with attention to the
impact of the public sector on the economy. Prerequisite(s): ECON 2301, ECON 2302

International Economics: ECON 4341 - Basic economic factors in international relations. Distribution of resources;  principles of international trade, exchange and capital movements; objectives, methods and economic consequences of various commercial policies. Prerequisite(s): ECON 2301, ECON 2302

Economic Development: ECON 4342 - Theory of economic growth and problems of economic development of  lesser developed areas. Prerequisite(s): ECON 2301, ECON 2302

Economics of Labor Resources: ECON 4351 - Economic aspects of employment, wages, income and working conditions;
growth of labor organizations and economic implications of their policies and methods; labor legislation and government intervention in labor-management relations. Prerequisite(s): ECON 2301, ECON 2302

Education Psychology

Children with Special Needs: EPSY 3350 - Overview of characteristics of children with special needs, including children with disabilities, gifted/talented and/or from culturally diverse  backgrounds. Modifications and adaptations of programs to meet individual needs.

Engineering

Engineering in the Community: ENGR 2101 - Application of engineering knowledge and practice to help those in need around the world. Cross-listed with CS2101 and MATH 2101.

English

American Literature: ENGL 2326 - Selected significant works of American literature arranged around a common theme(s), period or culture.

World Literature: ENGL 2331 - Selected significant works of world literature arranged around a common theme. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301

Masterpieces of World Literature: ENGL 3383 - Introduction to significant international literatures and their contexts. Topics may include postcolonial literatures, world literatures in translation, surveys of non-Anglo national literatures, world literatures as resistance.

Multicultural American Literature: ENGL 4361 - Focused, comparative study of multicultural U.S. literatures.

African-American Literature: ENGL 4367 - Examines African-American Literatures from a variety of genres, from multiple historical and literary perspectives, and from various periods. May be repeated once for credit when topics vary.

Studies in Race and Literature: ENGL 4368--Comparative study of race as defined and portrayed in works of literature and other culutrual products.  

Special Topics in Literature: ENGL 4392--Concentrated study of selected genres, periods or authors. 

Environmental Science

Global Agriculture and the Environment: ENVR 4320 - Discussion of agriculture systems and practices in relation to how they affect environmental quality from local to global scales. Cross-listed with PSES 4320.

Finance

International Finance: FIN 4323 - Financial management concepts and practices unique to multi-national firms with cases and lectures on risk analysis, financing methods, long-range planning and other topics. Emphasis on pragmatic handling of topical problems in international finance. Prerequisite(s): FIN 3320

Gender Studies

Introduction to Gender Studies: GNDR 3301 - Interdisciplinary introduction to Gender Studies. Covers historical constructions and contemporary conceptualizations of gender across varied fields.

Generic Special Education

Foundations of Special Education: EDSP 4351 - In-depth study of the historical and legal foundations of special education in Texas and the United States and the ethical role and professional roles and responsibilities of professional special educators. Field-based course.

Teaching Individuals with Low Incidence Disabilities: EDSP 4352 - Instructional strategies, classroom organization, behavior management, curriculum and instructional aids and materials used to maximize the learning of individuals with intellectual disabilities, deaf-blindness, multiple disabilities, other health impairments, auditory impairments, visual impairments, orthopedic disabilities, and other low incidence disabilities. Field-based course.

Students with High-Incidence Disabilities: EDSP 4354 - Study of the learning and behavioral characteristics, etiology, and instruction of students with high-incidence disabilities including specif learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders.  Field-based course.

Collaboration with Students, Families & School: EDSP 4358 - Adaption of instruction and physical environment for those whose language, motor, sensory or medical impairments necessitate specialized intervention to meet educational, physical and psychological needs. Study of educational strategies and approaches for effective communication and evelopment of collaborative relationships with students with disabilities, parents/guardians, school personnel and other individuals responsible for providing support to students with exceptional needs in areas including academics, behavior and social-emotional health. Field-based course.

Geology

People in Places: GEOG 1302 - Analysis of the world's culture regions.  Population characteristics, settlement patterns, economic activity and politico-geographic problems.

Map Reading: GEOG 2310 - Introduction to reading and interpreting maps. The relationship between physical environment and human activities, boundaries, transportation, settlement types, land use and place names may be considered. Topics include cartographic projections, decision-making in cartography, uses and limitations of GIS. Prerequisite: GEOG 1302

Contemporary World Geographies: GEOG 2320 - Global patterns of social, cultural, economic and political difference, as well as the processes creating them. Topics may include colonialism/imperialism, (anti-) development, human rights, environmental concerns, feminist geography and geography of race. Prerequisite: GEOG 1302

Geographies of Islam: GEOG 3340 - Foundations of Islam, early diffusion, regional variation in Muslim practices, women in Islam, Islam and the "War on Terror," and other  topics. Third-year course.

World Regional Geography: GEOG 3350 - Analysis of physical and human geography of the world, its regions and subregions, with emphasis on globalization, contemporary issues and inter- and intra-regional relationships.

History

Modern East Asia, 1600-Present: HIST 2371 - Survey of East Asian history from 1600 to the present, focusing on China, Japan and Korea. Topics include the transition from early modern society and institutions (Oing Dynasty in China and Tokugawa shogunate in Japan), impact of the West on East Asia, transformation of East Asian society and politics through reforms and revolutions, the rise of Japanese imperialism and the remaking of East Asia in the late 20th century.

African-American History: HIST 2381 - A survey of the social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of people of African descent in the formation and development of the United States to the Civil War/Recontruction period.

Mexican American History: HIST 3316 - Culture, social, political and economic development of Mexican Americans from 1848 to the present.

Native American History: HIST 3318 - Cultural, social, political and economic development of Native Americans of North America.

U.S. Women's History: HIST 3320 - History of women in the United States from colonial times to the present.

Colonial Latin America: HIST 3360 - Political, cultural and economic history of Latin America from the region’s pre-Columbian origins to the 19th century independence movements, with  emphasis on the implications of contact between European and American  civilizations.

Mexico, Independence to Present: HIST 3364 - Political, social, cultural, and economic history of Mexico from independence to the present.

Civil Rights Movements in the United States: HIST 4321 - Civil rights limitations faced by various groups in American history and the struggle of these groups to better their circumstances.

Topics in Gender and Women's History: HIST 4322 - In-depth study of a topic gender or women’s history. May be U.S. or
non-U.S. May be repeated once when topics vary for a maximum of six credit hours.

Vietnam, The American Perspective: HIST 4325 - Social, political and intellectual perspectives on America’s involvement in
Vietnam and how it has been portrayed in film, literature and other media.

Polish History, Culture and Society: HIST 4332 - History of Poland since the Partitions. Course uses film, literature and original documents; focuses on themes of nationalism, ethnic conflict, state-building and center-periphery relations. Students investigate how depictions of the past reflect identity and refer to present circumstances in Eastern Europe.

The Many Faces of Russia: Imperial Russia, the Soviet Union, and the Russian Federation: HIST 4333 - Imperial Russia, the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation; modernization of Russia; Imperial expansion; Bolshevik Revolution; Cold War; collapse of communism; cycle of reform and reaction; culture and politics; development of institutions in Russia and the Soviet Union; nationalities and ethnic minorities. HIST 2311 or HIST 2372 recommended.

Modern China, 1800-Present: HIST 4350 - In-depth study of modern Chinese history from 1800 to the present. Topics include China’s response to the West, political and social change after 1 919, rise of communism in China and globalization and development since the 1980s.

Modern Japan, 1868-Present: HIST 4352 - Japan’s history since the Meiji Restoration, trends in Japanese modernization, Imperial Japan, World War II, the Occupation, the "miracle economy" and current issues.

Topics in Latin American History: HIST 4362 - Topics in Latin American history will be developed and investigated. 

Interdisciplinary Studies

 

Introduction to Western American Studies: IDS 3370 - Introduction to issues and methodologies in Western American studies.  Includes study of regional literary, historical and scientific materials. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

Topics in International Studies: IDS 3392 - Topics of current interest from an international interdisciplinary perspective.

Japanese

Elementary Japanese I: JAPN 1411 - Development of fundamental skills in speaking, listening, grammar, reading and writing.

Elementary Japanese II: JAPN 1412 - Development of fundamental skills in speaking, listening, grammar, reading and writing.  Prerequisite: JAPN 1411

Management

Diversity and Cross Cultural Management: MGT 4333 - Examination of management issues related to changes in the makeup of the workplace, implications for managing diversity, as well as raising awareness of potential barriers, skills and strategies related to managing effectively in intercultural environments.

International Management: MGT 4335 - Analysis of theory and practice of management as related to functions of planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling at the international level. Functional areas of international business as well as problems related to internationalization of the firm. Prerequisite: MGT 3330

Marketing

International Marketing: MKT 4340 - Problems and procedures of marketing in foreign countries, including effects of cultural dynamics in assessing world markets. Emphasis on comparative differences in markets, marketing functions, legal,  socioeconomic stages of industrial development, and cultural and political considerations of overseas markets. Prerequisite: MKT 3340

Media Communication

International Journalism: MCOM 4309 - Examination of the emergence and influence of international news media. Global press theories. Critique and analyze international journalism content.

Music

Introduction to Music in World Culture: MUSI 1306 - Non-technical course for the general college student, designed to lead to
basic understanding and increased enjoyment of the world’s music. Taught in a multimedia format with lectures and guided listening sessions supplemented by video, filmstrips and live performances.

Music in the Americas: MUSI 1310 - A general survey of various styles of music of the Americas, including but not limited to jazz, folk, rock, ethnic and other contemporary music stylestheories.

Nursing

Cultural Competence for Health Praciticioners: NURS 3355 - RN licensure. Improvement of cultural competence for RNs in providing quality care to diverse patient populations. Various cultures (with particular emphasis on local/rural cultures) are studied as to their health-care beliefs and practices regarding health promotion.

Population-Focused Nursing Practice: NURS 4530-Focus on nursing knowledge required for providing, designing, managing and coordinating community-based care for individuals, families, populations and communities.  Utilizes concepts of population-focused and community nursing in clinical practice.  Prerequisite(s): NURS 3290, NURS 3360, NURS 3570, and NURS 3580

Political Science

Religion and Politics: POSC 3315 - Examination of the interaction of religion and American political life. Problems and prospects presented by mixing religion and politics.

Women and Politics: POSC 3317 - The course addresses the role fo women inpolitics, both in the United State and Internationally. The political careers and societal influence of female leaders such as Hillary Clinton of the U.S., Margaret Thatcher of the U.K., and Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan are discussed in detail.

Topics in International Relations: POSC 4365 - This course offers an in-depth study of selected areas of international
relations, such as the United Nations  or globalization.

International Relations: POSC 4370 - introduction to basic economic, political, and cultural factors in contemporary international politics.  Rise and development of nation-states and global systems; foundations of national power; sovereignty, nationalism, and imperialism and problems resulting from these factors; develoment of concepts of international cooperation of govenment; conflict and conflict management; diplomacy and peace science.

International Law and Organizations: POSC 4374 - Nature, sources, and development of public international law.  The role of regional and international organizations in international cooperation and international norms is examined, with an emphasis on human rights law, international security, and transitional justice.  Students will examine multilateral treaties and human rights databases.

Politics of Eastern Europe: POSC 4376 - Survey of the politics of post-communist Eastern Europe and Russia; culture of the region; current government structures and issues.  Includes an in-depth survey of the domestic politics and international relations of the states of the region.

Politics of Asia: POSC 4378 - Political and cultural analysis of major nations of Asia: People’s Republic of China, Japan and India; survey of other nations in South, East and Southeast Asia;current issues, domestic politics, and international relations involving the region.

Middle Eastern Politics: POSC 4379 - This course offers an introduction to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), from a comparative perspective. It introduces the student to a brief history of the region and examines the geography, the political  structure, the social structure and the economic conditions of each state in the MENA region. Issues for discussion include authoritarian rule, development, conflict, terrorism, human rights and the role of Islam in the region. Prerequisite: POSC 2305

Politics of Western and Central Europe: POSC 4380 - Survey of the organization, procedures and problems of the governments and nations of Western and Central Europe.  Special focus on the governments of England, France, and Germany.  Also includes analysis of European integration and an understanding of the European Union and its related domestic structures and international relations.

Politics of North America: POSC 4381 - Examination of government, culture, and politics in the countries of North America, including Canada, Mexico and the United States. Includes analysis of the North American Free Trade Agreement, as well as current issues facing the region such as immigration, diplomacy, trade, culture, and future integration.

American Politics: POSC 4392-Designed to permit departmental staff members to develop a course which thoroughly examines some contemporary issue or problem in American politics.  Students should check with the department for specific topic. 

Portuguese

Elementary Portuguese I: PORT 1411 - An introduction to the fundamentals of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding Portuguese language.

Elementary Portuguese II: PORT 1412 - An introduction to the fundamentals of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding of Portuguese language. Prerequisite: PORT 1411

Professional Development

Bilingual Teaching Methods: EDPD 4363 - Methodology for teaching content areas to Spanish speakers. Prerequisite(s): EDPD 4378, SPAN 2312 or SPAN 2315

English as a Second Language Teaching Methods: EDPD 4388 - Study of specific methodology in teaching English as a second language to English Language Learners. Prerequisite: EDPD 4378

Religion

Old Testament Studies: RELI 1371 - History, literature and teaching of the Old Testament.

New Testament Studies: RELI 1372 - History, literature and teaching of the New Testament.

Comparative Religion: RELI 2371 - Major religions of the world, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Sign Language

Beginning American Sign Language I: SGNL 1301 - This introductory course to American Sign Language (ASL) includes finger
spelling, vocabulary, basic sentence structure, history, deaf culture, current trends, principles of linguistics and grammatical structures. Basic expressive skills using the manual alphabet, numbers, and signs prepare the student to communicate on a basic level with deaf individuals.

Beginning American Sign Language II: SGNL 1302 - Expansion to the introduction to Beginning American Sign Language I.
Fingerspelling will be more in depth to increase fluency, build on the foundation of previously learned vocabulary, and expand  basic sentence structure to use more complex sentence structure in preparing individuals to communicate with deaf individuals. Prerequisite: SGNL 1301

Social Work

Practice Methods with Diverse Populations: SOCW 4321 - Various disenfranchised groups and application of practice techniques appropriate to their populations. Values, ethics and self-exploration related to diverse populations.

Values, Ethics and Religion in Social Work: SOCW 4335 - Introduction of an ethical decision-making model within a social systems perspective that is applied to all levels of social work practice. Professional use of self and its dependence upon personal, societal and professional values will be explored, while personal aspects of religion and spirituality are discussed and considered in terms of appropriate social work practice.

Comparative Social Welfare, Go Global: SOCW 4370 - Focuses on social policy and the cultural values that impact modern-day
social policy. The core component of the course is comparing social service theories and practices in another culture with those prevalent in the U.S. Convergence and divergence of cultural values and institutional systems are explored.

Human Behavior in the Social Environment II: SOCW 4380 - Second course in a two-course sequence that explores the reciprocal relationships between humans and their surroundings from a developmental perspective. Focuses on multiple dimensions such as diversity, inequality, biology, spirituality, psychology, social institutions, families, groups, organizations and communities. Prerequisite: SOCW 3380

Sociology

Social Problems: SOCI 1306 - General survey of major social trends and contemporary social problems in American society.

Prisons in America: SOCI 3372 - Origins, role and philosophy of imprisonment in both juvenile and adult corrections, including special problems of inmate subculture. Cross-listed with CRIJ 3372

Victimology: SOCI 3374 - Introductory course exploring the role, treatment and remedies of crime victims in the criminal justice system. Cross-listed with CRIJ 3374

Women and the Criminal Justice System: SOCI 3382 - Evolution and impact of women’s participation in the justice system as victims, offenders and professionals. Cross-listed with CRIJ 3382

Social Services and the Aging: SOCI 4305 - Survey of social and economic conditions of the aged in America; physical and mental aspects of aging; institutional care, governmental policies and social service delivery systems.  Cross-listed with SOCW 4305

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity: SOCI 4321 - Social psychological and social structural analysis of racial and ethnic relations, prejudice, discrimination, responses, protests, current issues, immigration and racial formation.

Class Inequality: SOCI 4322 - Causes and consequences of class, status, and power differences. Prerequisite: SOCI 1301

Sociology of Gender: SOCI 4325 - Gender in society, social institutions, family, social hierarchies, economics, education, organizations, religion, science, and social justice concerns.

Macro Practice in Communities and Organizations: SOCI 4341 - Community organizations and problems. Development of the community, its population and occupational structure, institutions and social values, and trends in American community development.

Juvenile Delinquency: SOCI 4342 - Causes and manifestations of delinquency and the problem of the juvenile offender, agencies for delinquency adjustment, evaluation of penal methods.

Sociology of Religion: SOCI 4351 - Nature of religious movements and the role of religion in society.

Spanish

Spanish for the Professions: SPAN 2371 - Topics include business Spanish, medical Spanish, Spanish for law enforcement. May be repeated once for credit.

Spanish Studies Abroad: SPAN 3306 - Enrollment in this course is for students that study abroad with the WT Spanish Program. Students will enhance their Spanish language acquisition, explore foreign cultures and will gain valuable experience in another country.

Latin American Culture and Civiliation: SPAN 3314 - The geography, history, indigenous cultures, politics, literature and art of Latin America. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 2312 or SPAN 2315

Spanish Culture and Civiliation: SPAN 3315 - The geography, history, ancient cultures, politics, religion, literature and art of Spain. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 2312 or SPAN 2315

Teaching the Spanish Language: SPAN 3340 - Language acquisition theories. Spanish teaching methodologies and practice, research-based foundations in language teaching. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 2312 or SPAN 2315

Spanish Phonology: SPAN 4330 - The sound system of the Spanish language.  Prerequisite(s): SPAN 2312 or SPAN 2315

Spanish American Literature: SPAN 4355 - Selected works by major Spanish American writers. May be repeated once for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 2312 or SPAN 2315

Spanish Literature: SPAN 4365 - Selected works by major Spanish American writers. May be repeated once for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 2312 or SPAN 2315

Hispanic Writers in the U.S.: SPAN 4375 - Literary works of Hispanic heritage writers in the U.S., with emphasis on contemporary authors. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 2312 or SPAN 2315

Hispanic Film: SPAN 4385 -  Films from Spain and Spanish America. Analysis of cultural issues (social, political and historical) within films. Taught in Spanish. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 2312 or SPAN 2315

Selected Studies in Spanish: SPAN 4392 - Concentrated study of selected topics, genres, periods or authors. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 2312 or SPAN 2315

Honors: SPAN 4393 - Completion of a senior thesis or research project by a candidate for graduation with special honors in the department.

Mexican Literature and Culture: SPAN 4395 - Mexican culture through its literature, especially the Spanish conquest, French Intervention, Mexican Revolution, and current topics such as el machismo, La Llorona, the student massacre of 1968, the life of the campesino, máscaras mexicanas, and figures such as Angeles Mastretta and Carlos Fuentes. Prerequisite(s): SPAN 2312 or SPAnN 2315

Sports and Exercise Sciences

 

Commitment to inclusion

West Texas A&M is committed to enhancing diversity and equity through the inclusion of individuals reflective of characteristics such as: age, culture, different ideas and perspectives, disability, ethnicity, first-generation status, familial status, gender identity and expression, geographic background, marital status, national origin, race, religious and spiritual beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and veteran status. In addition, given the historic and legal discrimination that has existed in American society, particular emphasis needs to be placed on the inclusion of individuals who are members of groups that have been excluded.