The United States is a nation rich in cultural diversity, experiencing variations in race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, ability, age, socioeconomic class, religion, and more. For this “diverse nation” and for the children of this “diverse nation” to prosper, it is imperative that individuals recognize and understand the nature of this diversity, and how perceived differences may affect social behavior and interpersonal relationships. Students will consider information, issues, theories, and beliefs essential to understanding and relating to individuals in diverse cultures. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of the school as a socializing agent, and the responsibility of professionals who are influential in the lives of children to effect social adaptation and change. This course includes field study.