• ISSN: 2155-7993
  • Journal of Modern Education Review

First-year Undergraduate Students’ Attitudes towards
Heterosexism and Christian Privilege

Shannon L. McGowan
(University of Idaho, USA)

Abstract: Over the last few years it has become imperative to understand how the media portray biases. For first-year undergraduate students, this can be a daunting task. However, by participating in a general education diversity course examining social issues, students’ attitudes towards these issues changed. Participants (N = 31) completed a pre- and post-instruction questionnaire regarding privilege specific to sexual orientation and religion Data from a paired sample t-test found a significant change in students’ attitudes related to these privileges. This research demonstrates that a one-semester course in which first-year college students critically explored social issues impacted their attitudes of these issues.
Keywords: first-year students, diversity courses, heterosexism, Christian privilege, implicit biases

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