The University of West Georgia offers majors, minors and certificates that explore various aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion. Select a link to learn more about their teaching philosophies and course offerings.
Studying philosophy helps students develop skills that are valued by employers in many different fields. It especially enhances one’s ability to think and write clearly. Students learn to analyze theories, clarify concepts, dissect arguments and solve problems in effective and creative ways. This contributes to the development of students’ communicative powers, making any philosophy majors especially good candidates for opportunities in law, business, government, education, counseling, publishing, technical writing, mass communication, and many other professions. Click to learn more about the Philosophy (Religion) Major.
Foreign Languages and Literature:
French, German, & Spanish
Our aim is to become a top destination for students in the state of Georgia and beyond who are passionate about foreign languages and cultures, and who seek to engage critically with questions of diversity, multiculturalism, and globalization as they manifest themselves in a variety of countries, languages, and cultural artifacts. We endeavor to make contact between and among cultures a daily reality for the general community at the University of West Georgia and to thus enhance multicultural and global awareness and sensitivity. Click to learn more about the Foreign Languages and Literature majors in French, German, and Spanish.
The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies is an inquiry-centered degree for students who want to engage in extended study of a complex problem--one with multiple dimensions or interacting parts that cannot be adequately addressed fully within the confines of a single discipline (field of study). For example, a comprehensive answer to the question, “Can democracy work at a global scale?”, would need to combine insights from a mix of disciplines, such as political science, sociology, mass communications, psychology, geography, economics, philosophy, history, and literature. Addressing complex problems necessitates:
- depth of knowledge in multiple academic fields,
- intellectual boundary-crossing in search of ideas, concepts, and techniques, and
- integration of these to produce a comprehensive solution or understanding.
Thus, the BIS offers an academic pathway for students who want to work both within and across multiple academic disciplines while systematically developing the techniques and tools of interdisciplinary inquiry and problem-solving. Click to learn more about pursuing a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
International Economic Affairs
The B. A. with a major in International Economic Affairs offers a liberal arts education with careful attention to international economics and foreign language skills, as well as providing an understanding of international affairs. Students are prepared for internationally-oriented careers in business, the professions, and public service. Learn more about a degree in International Economic Affairs.
Global Studies is an interdisciplinary inquiry into the developments which have in the past and will continue to shape the interconnectedness of people and places around the world. It employs critical analyses of the processes which have contributed to both the complexity and variety of our world societies and to the common features of the changing human and natural environments. It begins with basic questions, such as how does people's struggle to survive connect them across time and space, or what common features are there in the dynamics of conflict for people in different regions with similar experiences, and, how do apparently local issues or developments in one region of the world have profound impacts on people across the globe? Global studies is much more than just the tracking of elements of "globalization," a process which has been going on since human communities first began migrating beyond the confines of their geographic origins. It is about the ways we both see and affect each other, and how people, states, societies, and the global community struggle to reconcile common individual and local interests with broader world-wide interests. Global Studies is, therefore, the study of us, and the world we share from a variety of perspectives. Learn more about a degree in Global Studies.
The Africana Studies minor is a multidisciplinary program jointly housed in the English and History departments that combines the study, research, interpretation, and the dissemination of knowledge concerning the African presence in Africa, the Americas, and other parts of the world from the birth of human civilization to the present. This program of study introduces students to theoretical perspectives and empirical studies of Africa and the African Diaspora. Undergraduate work in Africana Studies prepares students for employment opportunities in a variety of professional careers or for graduate study in the humanities and social sciences. Students are also equipped for careers in education, research institutions, corporations, multicultural institutions, community outreach, human resources management, social services, and public policy. Students in business and the professions (law, medicine, etc.) particularly enhance their ability to deal with a culturally diverse clientele. Learn more about a minor in Africana Studies.
This is a program devoted to the multi-disciplinary study of cultures and civilizations of Asia. Students may study the rich historical, religious, artistic or literary traditions of the continent, while also engaging with the region’s contemporary dynamic economic, business and social aspects. Students may take advantage of one of the many travel and study abroad programs that work well in conjunction with our program, and will discover that a wide range of opportunities become possible. Learn more about a minor in Asian Studies.
Gender and Sexuality Studies
This interdisciplinary minor provides a humanities-based forum for examining gender and sexuality in global cultures. Students in the minor learn about—and challenge their understandings of—topics such as LGBTQ sexual diversity, gender differences across cultures, and how femininity and masculinity have changed over time. Courses in the minor focus on representations of gender and sexuality across the arts, history, media, languages, and social sciences. Students in the minor discuss how their own experiences of gender and sexuality relate to race, class, nationality, and language. Because of this, the minor appeals to an increasingly diverse population at UWG, and it is also a base for educating the entire campus and the greater Carrollton community. Students in the minor are prepared for a wide range of careers in fields that demand knowledge of and experience with diversity, from education and community outreach to business. Learn more about a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Here at UWG, we study religion from a comparative and philosophical perspective. Rather than advocating for any particular religion, or for or against religion more generally, we instead seek to better describe and explain diverse examples of religious beliefs, texts, practices, and traditions, and to understand the role they play in shaping the areas of human life mentioned above. Learn more about a minor in Religion.
Women's Studies at UWG is an interdisciplinary program designed to introduce students to feminist scholarship which emphasizes the cross-cultural understanding of the social, political and cultural experiences of women. Women's Studies seeks to critically analyze the intersection/interaction of gender, race, class and power across time and space. Our program draws faculty from a variety of different disciplines within and outside of the Social Sciences in order to provide students with valuable training in interdisciplinary practice. Learn more about a minor in Women's Studies.
Foreign Languages and Literature:
Spanish, French, and German
Cultural Resource Management
Cultural Resource Management (CRM) is defined as anthropological and archaeological research carried out to document and preserve significant places, properties, and objects of cultural heritage. CRM offers high-quality employment opportunities for Anthropology graduates in the private sector and in federal, state, and local governments. Recent discussions with members of the Georgia Council of Professional Archaeologists, archaeologists of the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service, archaeologists for private CRM firms, and archaeologists at other academic institutions indicate that employers are very interested in hiring students with knowledge and skills in CRM. Learn more about a certificate in Cultural Resource Management.
The purpose of the Global Studies certificate program is to provide an additional opportunity for students at UWG to gain specific training and academic experience to enable them to pursue further study and/or to gain access to employment in a variety of fields which are supported by the UWG and USG mission and goals. Learn more about a certificate in Global Studies.
Human Rights Advocacy
This certificate program is intended to provide academic and practical training for students who intend to work in a range of organizations focused on the issues of human rights. This includes domestic and international organizations. The program integrates classroom learning with practical field experience through a series of courses across three different disciplines. The program seeks to help to fill a need for students seeking work in this field. Human rights advocacy is a rapidly growing area of work among non-governmental, governmental, and intergovernmental organizations around the world. Learn more about earning a certificate in Human Rights Advocacy.
The certificate in International Business can equip you with a solid foundation in international business basics and potentially give you an edge when applying for positions, particularly those in organizations which have connections or do business with other countries. Learn more about a certificate in International Business.
Learn more about a certificate in Social Diversity.