Cultures and Worldview

Students may take for general education credit up to 3 courses in the Cultures and Worldview category, at least one of which must be a modern language course at the 102-level or above.


In the context of general education, culture means all knowledge and behaviors shared by a people, including the ways in which they are communicated; a people may be identified by factors including, but not limited to, ethnicity, socio-economic level, nationality, religion, region, and language. Worldview is the lens through which an individual views and evaluates experiences and makes sense of the world. Courses examining aspects of one’s own culture or other cultures, whether past or contemporary, will increase the student’s understanding of culture as something constructed by a people in response to the circumstances in which they find themselves. Cultures are subject to both challenge and change. Understanding how the student’s own worldview is culturally conditioned will facilitate communication with those who have a different worldview.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a Cultures and Worldview course, students will
1. demonstrate increased knowledge of their own or another culture, understanding how worldviews (cultural frameworks) are constructed and maintained;
2. have increased empathy and understanding of how cultures address common problems;
3. be able to use language appropriate to each culture or worldview under consideration;
4. be able to interact with texts and artifacts from different cultures in a respectful manner.
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