Academic Courses

Below are courses offered at Concordia University that focus on or address diversity

COM309 Intercultural Communication – 4 credits
Students explore the principles and processes of communication between cultures. Course topics include intercultural communication models, the impact of different cultural patterns on the communication process, the anthropological concept world view and its impact on intercultural communication, detection of communication problems in intercultural situations, gender and diversity issues in intercultural communication, and constructing valid strategies for communicating interculturally. (Prerequisite: COM103)

ED330 Human Diversity and Relations 2 credits
This course helps students experience, understand, and become sensitive to human diversity and presents strategies for teaching human relations skills in the classroom setting. A 25-hour field experience that satisfies a portion of the university’s human relations requirement is included.

ENG327 Reading and Writing for Hmong – 2 credits
Students enrolled in the class will gain general understanding of the origin of the Hmong language and also be able to read and write basic Hmong.

ENG328 Reading and Writing for Hmong-Intermediate- 2 credits
With regular interactive group activities, students will enhance their Hmong through a series of reading and writing Hmong short stories, poems, proverbs as well as key activities surrounding family and social events. (Prerequisite: ENG327 or have some proficiency in reading and writing Hmong.)

HMG101 Introduction to Hmong Studies – 2 credits
Through a combination of lectures, reading and research, students will gain a better understanding of the Hmong community and the area of Hmong studies through the work of Hmong scholars and researchers from around the world.

HMG110 Introduction to Hmong History – 4 credits
This course will examine the rich history of the Hmong people in China, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and America and the various roles that the Hmong have had on these nations. The class will also look at the various challenges and opportunities that the Hmong faced in these countries.

HMG201 Hmong Culture and Society – 4 credits
Through a combination of lectures and field work experiences, students will gain a better understanding of the Hmong community here and throughout the world as they deal with changes relating to globalization and acculturation.

HMG202 Hmong Literature and Art – 4 credits
In this course, students will explore the various literatures (folk as well as modern) and art forms that have been in use by the Hmong for over 4,000 years. A combination of field experiences/observations, and readings, as well as class discussion will be used.

SOC357 Class and Community – 4 credits
This course analyzes the nature and functions of American social class and community life. The primary focus is on patterns of social in equality and resulting systems of stratification, both of which are evaluated in terms of their consequences for the individual and the community. The debate of rights verses responsibilities forms the basis of inquiry into the individual-community relationship. (Prerequisite: SOC152)

SOC358 Minority Groups – 4 credits
Students study various racial, ethnic, and other social groups in the broad context of American society. Attention is given to the concept of minority status as it relates to prejudices, discrimination and segregation in contemporary life. (Prerequisite: SOC152)

SOC359 Social Welfare as an Institution – 4 credits
This course examines basic social welfare theory and methods in order to understand the structure and function of public and private welfare in American society. Social welfare is examined as part of the larger American social structure, reflecting cultural values as well as political and economic processes. Attention is given to several areas of social welfare in which specialization has occurred, including work with the elderly, the chemically dependent and battered children and adults. (Prerequisite: SOC152)