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The College actively seeks to enroll a diverse student body. The minority population has increased at VWC over the last few years and is currently at 30%. The Admissions Office Staff travels in the United States and the Caribbean to recruit students from a variety of backgrounds.

VWC also enrolls international students from a variety of countries such as Russia, Bulgaria, Trinidad, Korea, Germany, Colombia and Turkey. These students enrich the cultural landscape of our campus through sharing their own heritage and traditions.

Diversity in the Curriculum

International Diversity

Virginia Wesleyan is deeply committed to preparing students to function effectively in a global context. A strong Modern Language Department offers introductory and advanced courses in Spanish, French and German and introductory courses in Latin.

In addition, the College offers courses that provide students with a global perspective. Along with their study of European history and culture, students can take classes on such topics as:

  • Comparative Regimes: The Asian Pacific Rim
  • Political Writings of Latin America
  • Introduction to Africa
  • History of South Africa
  • Economic Development
  • World Religions
  • Topics in Asian History
  • Western Art/Non-Western Traditions
  • Colonial Latin America
  • History of Russia
  • Renaissance Italy

Diversity in American Society

Within the United States, diversity is becoming a fact of life. In recognition of this, Virginia Wesleyan offers courses that focus on diversity in our history and culture. Course examples include:

  • African American History
  • History of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Diversity in American Literature
  • Immigrants and Natives in U.S. History
  • Therapeutic Recreation and Aging
  • Children's Literature
  • Adolescent Literature
  • African American Religious Experience
  • Sociology of Inequality
  • Women and Gender

At Virginia Wesleyan, some courses focus explicitly on women or gender issues. For example, students can take courses such as:

  • Women in Culture and Society
  • Women's Studies Seminar: Senior Integrative Experience
  • American Women Writers
  • U.S. Women's History
  • The Family
  • Women and Judaism

Understanding Diversity

Along with courses which present the cultural variety present in our nation and in our world, other classes focus on re-thinking and re-conceptualizing how we perceive differences. These courses include:

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Understanding Other Cultures
  • Complex Organizations

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