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Diversity on Campus


Virginia Wesleyan actively seeks to enroll a diverse student body. The minority population has increased at VWU over the last few years to approximately 40 percent. VWU 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.


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 University 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
  • Women in Culture and Society
  • American Women Writers
  • U.S. Women's History
  • 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

President’s Council on Inclusive Community

The mission of the President’s Council on Inclusive Community (PCIC) is to foster a community at Virginia Wesleyan University where everyone feels welcomed and valued regardless of race, religion, color, creed, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, covered veteran status, handicap, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. Modeled after The Richmond Promise at the University of Richmond, PCIC will encourage the equitable participation of the campus community, supporting its members as they respect the humanity of one another and work together to learn about others and themselves, as well as strive to remove barriers to full participation and work to sustain a culture of civility, respect, and open dialogue.