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Diversity and Perspectives Waiver


Cultural Diversity and Community "D"

Cultural Diversity and community courses align with the University’s mission to foster in students an appreciation for cultural diversity.  Here, ‘cultural diversity’ refers to the differences among people in terms of beliefs, customs, values, politics, and experiences.  In essence, culture is a worldview; it is both learned and evolved.  The following factors are seen as underlying these differences:  age, economics, education, gender, geography, language, nationality, occupation, physical ability, race and ethnicity, religious affiliation, and/or sexual orientation among others.  A Cultural Diversity and Community course is more than a mere survey or exposure of the students to different cultures; rather it teaches students to think critically about the basis for intercultural differences.

Millersville University's Diversity Policy

Students who completed an academic fall or spring semester abroad as part of a baccalaureate degree will be considered to have fulfilled the Diversity requirement. International students studying at Millersville will also be considered to have fulfilled the Diversity requirement.  In addition, those students who complete professional experiences abroad such as internships, student teaching field placements, or social work field placements that meet the departmental baccalaureate requirements will also be considered to have fulfilled the Diversity requirement regardless of whether those experiences occur in fall, spring, or summer.  For all other study abroad experiences, a student may request to fulfill the Diversity requirement by successfully completing an outcomes paper.  The outcomes paper will be evaluated through Global Education.  This Diversity waiver does not cover credit hours.  A student employing this waiver will be required to satisfy three credit hours of general education courses in lieu of the waived three credit Diversity course.  This is in addition to any other Open Elective requirements of the student.


Guidelines to Request a Diversity Waiver

DEADLINE: December 15th, following your summer study abroad experience. 

Your six-page double-spaced (Times New Roman 12) outcomes paper should demonstrate:
  • Awareness of your own cultural rules and biases;
  • Understanding of the complexity of cultural elements through various lenses such as history, values, politics, communication styles, gender, economy, or beliefs and practices;
  • An ability to interpret events and/or actions in a manner that recognizes the worldview of oneself and other cultural groups.
Please submit your essay by emailing it to your Program Coordinator or to Global.Education@Millersville.eduOnce reviewed, you will receive notification from the Global Education.  Allow a minimum of four weeks for feedback to be provided and/or for a decision to be made.

Here is a sample rubric that will be used to assess the outcomes paper. Diversity Waiver Rubric

Millersville University's Perspectives Policy

Students who complete an academic fall or spring semester abroad as part of a baccalaureate degree will be considered to have fulfilled the Perspectives requirement. International students studying at Millersville will also be considered to have fulfilled the Perspectives requirement.  In addition, those students who complete professional experiences abroad such as internships, student teaching field placements, or social work field placements that meet the departmental baccalaureate requirements will also be considered to have fulfilled the Perspectives requirement regardless of whether those experiences occur in fall, spring, or summer.  This waiver does not cover credit hours. A student employing this waiver will be required to satisfy three credit hours of general education courses in lieu of the waived three credit Perspectives course. This is in addition to any other Open Elective requirements of the student.