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Guidelines for Cultural Diversity and International Perspective Courses

In addition to taking courses from each of the ten categories described above, students are required to take courses with themes of cultural diversity in the United States and of international perspective as described below.

Theme of Cultural Diversity in the United States


These courses increase students' awareness and understanding of significant differences among people in the United States and how these differences impact individuals and groups. Students will examine social, cultural, and political contributions of different groups, learn about diverse traditions and values, and consider their relationships to persons different from themselves.

Courses in this theme focus on being sensitive to and understanding significant differences that exist among people in the United States. Primary emphasis is on dimensions such as race, class, gender, ethnicity, age, disability, affectional orientation, and religious diversity.

Further criteria and considerations which will be used in considering courses for this theme are:  Does the course offer students an opportunity to critically examine issues of human and cultural diversity?  Does the course guide students to step outside their own cultural perspective and explore issues and traditions from a different perspective? 


Theme of International Perspective


These courses increase students' awareness and understanding of issues or topics from an international or global perspective, examining interdependencies or differences that exist in our world.

Courses in this theme focus on at least one of the following topics: 1)issues or problems which transcend national boundaries, 2)cultural, political, economic, or other interdependencies, 3)significant differences across national or broad cultural boundaries, or 4)an in-depth study of some aspect of one or more nations or cultures outside of the United States.

Further criteria and considerations which will be used in considering courses for this theme are:  Does the course guide students to step outside their own national perspective and explore issues or topics from a different perspective?  Does this course provide students the opportunity to integrate their learning and understanding with contemporary issues?

No Course May Be Designated As Fulfilling Both IP and CD.

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