|Original Policy Source
|APPM Section III. Item 29.
|Policy Approval Authority
|Responsible University Office
|Office of the Provost
|Associate Vice Provost
|Ian Gawron firstname.lastname@example.org
|Effective Adoption Date
|Last Review Date
Faculty & Academics
This information is intended to set forth the basic procedures by which a department, program area (e.g., Center for Black Studies), school, or college can submit a course to fulfill the Human Diversity baccalaureate requirement for graduation.
NIU’s Human Diversity baccalaureate degree requirement reaffirms the university’s commitment to human diversity and the belief that inclusion, academic equity, and diversity represent dimensions of excellence. The human diversity degree requirement places NIU in compliance with IL Public Act 87-581, which requires that institutions of higher learning in the state of Illinois address human diversity in the course of a student’s education. This proposal seeks to ensure that every student will have the opportunity to develop the cultural competency and awareness of social justice necessary to participate meaningfully in a multicultural and global society.
All undergraduate students must complete the human diversity baccalaureate requirement either through a designated human diversity course, or a non-course based experience that is designated as "human diversity." Human Diversity is defined as gender, ability, race/ethnicity, citizenship, wealth/material resources, religion, age, or sexual orientation, and includes an analysis of power and addresses people's differing access to resources/opportunities in the present or past. Students may meet this requirement within their general education program, their major program, a minor program, electives, through community college courses with an IAI designation "N" or "D," or through a university-approved co-curricular experience. To qualify as Human Diversity:
Submitting a course or non-course based activity to fulfill the Human Diversity baccalaureate requirement for graduation:
To have a course or non-course based activity removed as a Human Diversity Requirement, show the removal as an “other catalog change” in the appropriate college curriculum committee attachments.
Approved by the Baccalaureate Council: September 14, 2017
Revised by the Baccalaureate Council: December 12, 2019