Diversity Requirement

Through meeting the diversity requirement, you will have an opportunity to learn about human diversity, including

  • how different patterns of behavior and thought evolve
  • how development of cultures is influenced by interactions among different social groups  

UMass Boston believes that explicit study of the diversity of the world’s peoples is an essential component of an undergraduate education. The university defines diversity broadly to include

  • race
  • gender
  • culture (national origin, ethnicity, religion)
  • social class
  • age
  • sexual orientation
  • disability

Attention to cultural and social groups previously ignored or marginalized in curricula helps you acquire analytical tools and knowledge with which you can understand human diversity in our complex and changing world, and strengthens your academic preparation by exposing you to a rich body of scholarship from a wide range of disciplines.  

Courses meeting the United States diversity area or the International diversity area are designated in WISER.

Students in the Colleges of Liberal Arts, Science and Mathematics, Education and Human Development, and Public and Community Service:

  • If you enter UMass Boston with fewer than 60 credits, you must take one course in United States diversity and one course in international diversity.
  • If you enter UMass Boston with 60 or more credits, you must take one course, which can be either United States or international diversity.

Students in the College of Management:

You must complete one diversity course; it can have either a United States focus or an international focus.  Note that the college also requires you to complete an "international management" course chosen from a list of courses that they have determined.

Students in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences:

  • If you are in the EHS program, you will meet the diversity requirement by taking EHS 220 and EHS 260.
  • If you are in the nursing program, you will meet the diversity requirement automatically by taking courses required for the major.