What you need to start a DEI major
This fall, undergraduates at Bentley will be able to major in diversity, equity and inclusion — a set of courses not commonly offered for undergrads.
Students in the major can earn either a B.A. or a B.S. Both degrees will require students take some common classes, such as ones on managing diversity in the workplace and on gender and the law. B.A. students will take more courses in philosophy, literature, and sociology; B.S. students will enroll in marketing, management, and more law courses.
The program seeks to meet students’ interest in equity, and help fill a growing demand for DEI professionals and consultants. It also aims to help graduates understand the nuances of and differences between diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
Students will be able to enroll in the major on July 1, about one year after every state saw protests for racial justice. But the idea for the major preceded last summer’s activism.
Kiana Pierre-Louis, a senior lecturer, and Gary David, a professor of sociology, were among the instructors who pitched and worked on the new program at the business-oriented university.
Pierre-Louis teaches courses called “Race and the Law” and “Social-Justice Law,” and in recent years she’s noticed that many students want to learn more and go deeper than the course material.
She says she began thinking about a major focused on DEI and how systemic and institutionalized racism works in society. David wanted a major…