Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Business and Management


Equality, Diversity and Social Responsibility

Governments, media, and society at large increasingly hold organizations accountable for the social consequences of their activities. “Diversity is good for business” is a mantra often heard in the business world. In addition, “Equality means business” initiatives have been developing globally to empower women to be engaged in their local economies. Economic, ethnic, gender, and racial equality requires social change, progress, and action. In the 21st century, many businesses are expected to contribute to societal equality through hiring practices, retention practices, and treatment of employees. Many businesses consider social justice and equality not only in hiring and retaining employees, but also in terms of how businesses can contribute and support their employees in creating a more just and equal society. Students with this concentration will better understand how business practices, goals, and priorities can support societal equality and how businesses can become socially responsible entities in their communities. This concentration will also help students to understand that organizations are not pitted against society, but that both are clearly interrelated/interdependent.


AFDS 103 Introduction to African, African American, Diaspora Studies
ANTH 255/WGS 255 Women in Africa
ANTH 333 Economic Anthropology
ANTH 350/WGS 350 Gender and Social Organization
ECON 222 Economics of Race and Racism
ECON 241/WGS 241 Women in United States Economy
ECON 288 Foundations of Political Economy
HIST 213 The History of the Civil Rights Movement
HIST 234/WGS 238 United States Women since 1890
HIST 338 United States Labor History
HIST 340 Sex and Work
PHIL 255/WGS 250 Feminism, Philosophy and the Law
PSY 251 Multicultural Psychology
PSY 290 Psychology of Women
SOC 200 Social Movements
SOC 210 Inequality (recommended)
SOC 230 Race and Ethnicity
SOC 245 How Organizations Work
SOC 260 Gender Inequality
SOC 270 Immigration
SOC 310 Gender and Nation
SOC 320 Race, Gender and Poverty
WGS 101 Introduction to Women's Studies
WGS 228 Transnational Feminisms

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