Global and Intercultural Understanding

Global and Intercultural Understanding provides students with an understanding of the customs, cultures, mores, practices, contributions, and struggles of peoples around the globe. Through ethnographic accounts, students are exposed to various ways of life across the world, and gain the academic preparation needed to succeed in an increasingly global workforce. Selected courses should emphasize the increased study and application of a cultural and global perspective to historical and contemporary issues and concerns and an understanding of  how the nations of the world are economically, politically, socially, and culturally interdependent.

Focus theme requirements stipulate students take at least one course out of the three required outside their own ethnic or cultural framework and that focuses on a culture, society, literature, or language of a nation or region that, as a general principle, is located outside the United States, Canada, or Europe. Courses that focus on Native American history or culture may also fulfill the requirement.

Student learning outcomes

  • Develop intercultural knowledge and sensitivity.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles that culture, politics, and economics play in exacerbating international problems or contributing to their solutions.
  • Exhibit an understanding of the contributions made by different communities and societies in the arts, sciences, humanities, education, and technology.
  • Apply a cultural and global perspective to historical and contemporary issues and concerns.
  • Show evidence of an understanding of how the nations of the world are economically, politically, socially, and culturally interdependent

Sample courses

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

  • Environmental and Water Resources, Resource Economics

College of Fine Arts

  • Schools of Art, Music and Theatre, Film and Television

College of Humanities

  • Classics, Creative Writing, Africana Studies, East Asian Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Judaic Studies, Latin American Studies, Mexican American Studies, Near Eastern Studies, English, French and Italian, German, Russian and Slavic, Spanish and Portuguese

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology

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