The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force recommends the Politics of Identity and Justice Concentration as a critical component of the Political Science undergraduate curriculum. Consistent with the charge provided to the DEI Task Force, we recommend this concentration as an intentional DEI effort to ensure the department can “fully meet our central mission of promoting discovery and learning that addresses fundamental questions of governance and politics, broadly training the next generation of scholars, and producing research and education that makes a tangible difference in society.”
This 9-hour certificate explores how political systems address long-standing challenges of economic, racial, and other forms of structural disadvantage, discrimination, and inequality. Students in this concentration gain knowledge in how governments and civil society deal with these challenges at the local, national, and international level. Students explore how political elites and citizens can create inclusive communities that thrive and flourish, while gaining expertise on issues of diversity, justice and identity.
This concentration provides majors with a critical qualification for nearly all career opportunities in the public and private sector; the “business case” for expertise in diversity and inclusion is widely accepted among employers. The nine-hour concentration serves as a foundation for graduate education and, law school as well as for employment paths in government, advocacy organizations, non-profits, and corporations.