Academic Diversity

Virginia Wesleyan University is committed to cultivating an inclusion learning, living, and working community that facilitates success of all people and supports all individuals. VWU values diversity in culture, socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, nationality, place of origin, language, ability, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, religious or non-religious identity, political and social ideology, family background, veteran status, and age. Virginia Wesleyan envisions an open and safe campus climate for all who learn, live, and work in our campus community.

An inclusive community is one of the focuses of the VWU Mission statement. To create an inclusive community, VWU was the first institution in the Hampton Roads region that included gender identity and gender expression within our Statement of Non-Discrimination.


Virginia Wesleyan actively seeks to enroll a diverse student body. The underserved 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 committed to preparing students for global citizenship. A strong Foreign Languages 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

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