Diversity & Inclusion Studies Minor  



Diversity and Inclusion Studies (DISM) is an interdisciplinary minor administered by the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership that consists of humanities and social science courses. America is a multicultural polity and demands knowledgeable and pragmatic thinkers who understand the range of human experiences. The Diversity and Inclusion Studies Minor (DISM) exposes cadets to varied perspectives & methodologies for understanding and studying the humanities. By carefully drawing from existing courses in multiple departments, the DISM complements and enhances the core curriculum, academic majors, and several West Point Centers and committees. The DISM helps fulfill the Superintendent’s and Dean’s vision for diversity and inclusion at West Point. Moreover, the DISM at West Point offers cadets a framework for critically and creatively thinking about the broader impact of diversity and inclusion at the individual, organizational, societal, and/or global levels. It also provides our cadets opportunities to pursue diversity and inclusion in intra-, multi- and inter-disciplinary ways.
5-Course Minor
Must take 2 of 3
PL377: Social Inequality
EN352: Power and Difference
SS392: The Politics of Race, Gender, and Sexuality
Must take 1 of 3
HI391: World Religions
HI461: Sex and Civilizations
HI463: Race, Ethnicity, Nation
2 of 42 Free Electives from DISM-designated courses in Sociology, History, English, Philosophy, Psychology, Geography, Law, Foreign Languages, and Social Sciences. One of these free electives, PL300B (Military Leadership: Leading Diverse Teams), would count towards the PL300 requirement. Inclusive leaders effectively lead diverse teams by creating an environment where all members of the team feel respected for who they are, and know their lived experiences and contributions are valued.

  • DISM focuses on substantive analysis of diversity and inclusion based on, but not limited to the following categories: Race & ethnicity, disability, sexuality, religion, gender, class,  age, region, and ideology.
  • Courses may be double counted between the minor and any other curricular component, so long as three (3) courses remain unique to the minor.
  • Cadets participating in semesters abroad, internships, Advanced Individual Academic Development programs (AIADs), and Special Topics courses may receive credit to-ward the DISM.

For more information, please contact 8dis@westpoint.edu
Academic Counselor
MAJ Jacob Absalon, Sociology Program, Jacob.absalon@westpoint.edu , (845) 938-5031
Diversity and Inclusion Studies Minor Co-Chairs:
Dr. Morten Ender, Departments of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership, Morten.Ender@westpoint.edu 
Dr. David Frey, Department of History, David.Frey@westpoint.edu  
Dr. Tony McGowan, Department of English & Philosophy, Gerard.McGowan@westpoint.edu  

 Cadets and faculty volunteer for Homeless Population Outreach Estimate.
Annually, more than three dozen cadets and faculty volunteer for the annual Homeless Population Outreach Estimate (HOPE) in New York City.
Faculty join together at diversity banquet.
COL(R) Diane Ryan, CPT Jacob Absalon (Dept of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership), LTC Winston Williams (Dept of Law), Dr. Regina Werum (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Dr. Ernest Morrell (Columbia University), and Dr. James Martin (New York University) joined together for the Social Justice Panel at USMA's 14th Annual Diversity Leadership Conference.