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About This Micro-Credential

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Deepen your knowledge of and experience with under-represented minority cultures through reading, discussing, and writing about works by diverse BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) authors. Today, employers believe that familiarity and respect for diversity is an essential career trait and that becoming more knowledgeable and aware of a range of cultures is central to a life of meaning and purpose.

This micro-credential contributes to the students’ respect and sensitivity for diversity in literature and in life. As a result, students will be well on their way to becoming more socially conscious and culturally aware employees, citizens, and humans.

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Skills You Will Gain

Equity; Diversity; Inclusivity

Cultural Differences

Academic Readings

Academic Writing

Diverse Literature

Learning Outcomes

  • Explore the intersections of race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and power through the analysis and interpretation of texts.
  • Analyze the experiences and contributions of diverse groups of people, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
  • Develop research, writing and communication skills necessary for living and working effectively in a contemporary global society with increasingly diverse and interdependent populations. 
  • Cultivate creative, rhetorical, and analytical forms of writing that investigate equity, diversity, identity, justice, and inclusiveness.

Required Courses

  • ENG 212 - Literatures of Inclusion
  • ENG 307 - Diverse Voices in English Studies

Choose one of the following:

  • ENG 217 - African American Literature to 1940
  • ENG 218 - African American Literature 1940 - Present
  • ENG 316 - Social Issues in Literature

ENG 212, ENG 307, ENG 217, and ENG 218 are offered fully online, face-to-face, and hybrid format. ENG 316 is offered in face-to-face and hybrid formats.

Please Note: ENG 217 is offered every other Fall; ENG 218 and ENG 316 are offered every other Spring.


Jennifer Bachner, PhD
Dr. Kristine Yohe
Literature/Justice and Inclusion, First semester offered: Spring 2021


Northern Kentucky University
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