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Contemporary Social Values

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Contemporary Social Values (8 cr.)

Non-Western Cultures (3 cr.)

Courses that fulfill the General Education Non-Western Cultures requirement focus primarily on cultures or societies outside of the United States and Europe. In the twenty-first century, we live in a richly interconnected world, with closely intertwined political and economic relations, widespread cross-cultural influences, and information flowing across national boundaries. Globalization is the new norm. As a result, we are all now in a significant sense "global citizens." It is impossible to work or plan effectively, or to adequately understand our own country and society, without knowledge of the diversity of global cultures world-wide, as well as the diversity within particular global cultures, and how these other cultures intersect with each other and with our own.

For these reasons, students are required as part of their General Education to complete a course in Non-Western and Global cultures. Such a course should enable students to:

  1. Demonstrate specific knowledge of at least one culture or society outside of the United States, specifically one or more non-European cultures (i.e., those originating from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, or East or South Asia, the Pacific, or indigenous cultures outside the United States).
  2. Describe examples of how those cultures or societies studied intersect with or have intersected with other cultures (possibly including US or European cultures and/or a colonial legacy).
  3. Identify at least one specific aspect(s) of such a culture, such as its history, thought, customs, art, religion(s), economy, political institutions, colonialism, etc., and say how this aspect is related to other features that shape or have shaped that culture.

  • AHST-A 307 Introduction to Non-Western Art
  • ANTH-A 250 Anthropology in the Modern World
  • ANTH-A 385 Topics in Anthropology
    VT: Anthropology of Cybercultures
    VT: Brazil: Culture, Race and Identity
    VT: Contemporary Chinese Society
    VT: Rise and Fall of Ancient Civilizations
    VT: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
  • ANTH-A 460 Topics in Anthropology
    VT: Global Health
    VT: International Inequalities
  • ANTH-E 105 Culture and Society
  • ANTH-E 310 Introduction to the Cultures of Africa
  • ANTH-E 320 Indians of North America
  • ANTH-E 321 Peoples of Mexico
  • ANTH-E 323 Indians of Indiana
  • ANTH-E 335 Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica
  • ANTH-E 365 Women and Power
  • ANTH-E 391 Women in Developing Countries
  • ANTH-E 397 Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East
  • ANTH-E 402 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • ANTH-P 398 The Rise of Civilization
  • EALC-E 271 Twentieth Century Japanese Culture
  • EALC-E 350 Studies in East Asian Society
  • EDUC-E 201 Multicultural Education and Global Awareness
  • ENG-L 382 Fiction of the Non-Western World
  • FINA-A 307 Introduction to Non-Western Art
  • GEOG-G 110 Human Geography in a Changing World
  • GEOG-G 120 Regions of the World
  • HIST-C 391 History of Medieval and Modern Near East I
  • HIST-E 300 Issues in African History
  • HIST-G 358 Early Modern Japan
  • HIST-G 369 Modern Japan
  • HIST-H 207 Modern East Asian Civilization
  • HIST-H 211 Latin American Culture and Civilization I
  • HIST-H 237 Traditional East Asian Civilization
  • HIST-W 300 Issues in World History
  • MUS-M 375 Survey of Ethnic and Pop Music of the World
  • PHIL-P 283 Non-Western Philosophy
  • PHIL-P 374 Early Chinese Philosophy
  • POLS-Y 107 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POLS-Y 109 Introduction to International Relations
  • POLS-Y 324 Women and Politics
  • POLS-Y 330 Central American Politics
  • POLS-Y 337 Latin American Politics
  • POLS-Y 343 The Politics of International Development
  • REL-R 153 Religions of Asia
    VT: Religions of the East
  • SOC-S 362 World Societies and Cultures
    VT: Belize (study abroad)
    VT: Costa Rica (study abroad)
    VT: Mexico (study abroad)
  • SOC-S 460 Topics in Non-Western Cultures
  • SPAN-S 275 Hispanic Culture and Conversation
  • TEL-T 313 Comparative Media Systems
  • WGS-E 391 Women in Developing Countries
  • WGS-W 301 International Perspectives on Women
    VT: Global Perspectives on Women
  • WGS-W 400 Topics in Women’s Studies
    VT: Gender and Work in Global Economy

Diversity in United States Society (3 cr.)

Courses fulfilling this requirement focus on issues of difference and commonality in the United States, such as race, class, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, indigeneity, nationality, disability, and/or religion. Special attention is paid to the intersectionality of these categories.

After completing a Diversity in United States Society course, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate specific knowledge of the history, values, politics, art, communication styles, economies, or beliefs and practices of one or more under-represented groups in the United States, as defined by factors such as race, ethnicity, immigration status, indigeneity, class, sex, gender, religion, disability, and/or sexual orientation.
  2. Recognize the ways multiple factors such as race, ethnicity, immigration status, indigeneity, class, sex, gender, religion, disability, and/or sexual orientation shape individual lives, experiences, challenges, and opportunities in society.
  3. Describe their own intersectional positions in society, and how their positions shape their own lives and their capacity to understand others, to empathize with others' experiences, and to communicate effectively with others.

  • AFAM-A 150 Survey of the Culture of Black Americans
    (crosslist: HIST-A 100)
  • AHSC-H 330 Intercultural Health Communication (6 cr.)
  • ANTH-E 380 Urban Anthropology
  • CMLT-C 253 Third World and Black American Films
  • EDUC-G 375 Multicultural Counseling-Related Skills and Communication
  • EDUC-H 340 Education and American Culture
  • ENG-E 110 Diversity in U.S. Literature
  • ENG-L 370 Recent Black American Writing
  • ENG-L 379 American Ethnic and Minority Literature
  • HIST-A 100 Issues in United States History
    VT: Survey of the Culture of Black Americans (Crosslist: AFAM–A 150)
  • HIST-A 310 Survey of American Indians I
  • HIST-A 352 History of Latinos in the United States
  • HIST-A 355 African American History I
    VT: Afro-American History to the 1890s 
  • HIST-A 356 African American History II
    VT: Afro-American History, 1890s to the Present
  • HIST-H 106 American History II
  • HIST-H 124 Latino and African American Civil Rights Movements
  • HIST-H 225 Special Topics in History
    VT: Freedom Summer
  • HIST-H 260 History of Women in the United States
  • HIST-H 425 Topics in History
    VT: Freedom Summer
  • HSC-H 327 Introduction to Public and Community Health
  • LSTU-L 110 Introduction to Labor Studies: Labor and Society
  • LSTU-L 390 Topics in Labor Studies
    VT: Labor in U.S. History
  • POLS-Y 327 Gender Politics in the United States
  • POLS-Y 329 Racial and Ethnic Politics in the United States
  • PSY-P 391 Psychology of Gender and Ethnicity
  • REL-R 160 Introduction to Religion in America
  • SOC-S 161 Principles of Sociology
  • SOC-S 306 Urban Society
  • SOC-S 316 The Family
  • SOC-S 317 Social Stratification
  • SOC-S 335 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC-S 338 Gender Roles
    (crosslist WGS-S 338)
  • SOC-S 360 Topics in Social Policy
    VT: Law & Society
  • SPCH-S 450 Gender and Communication
  • SWK-S 102 Understanding Diversity in a Pluralistic Society
  • WGS-H 260 History of American Women (cross list HIST-H 260)
  • WGS-P 391 Psychology of Gender, Race, and Ethnicity
    (crosslist PSY-P 391)
  • WGS-S 338 Sociology of Gender Roles
    (crosslist SOC-S 338)
  • WGS-W 100 Gender Studies
  • WGS-W 201 Women in Culture-Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
  • WGS-Y 327 Gender Politics
    (crosslist POLS-Y 327)

Health and Wellness (2 cr.)

Courses in this category are primarily about the role wellness plays in a successful life, as well as instruction in activities that will enhance a lifelong commitment to personal wellness. Students will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to incorporate the many dimensions of wellness into a well-articulated philosophy of health and well-being. These courses require students to demonstrate familiarity with the interwoven concepts and principles of physical fitness, healthful living, and the prevention of disease. A comprehensive approach to health and wellness prepares learners for life beyond the university. For these reasons, students are required as part of their General Education to complete a course in Health and Wellness.

Such a course should enable students to:

  1. Identify wellness concepts.
  2. Participate in the performance of activities that will enhance lifelong commitment to personal fitness and wellness.

  • EDUC-M 359 Health and Wellness for Teachers (2 cr.)
  • HPER-E 133 Fitness and Jogging I (1 cr.)
  • HPER-E 190 Yoga I (1 cr.)
  • HPER-E 233 Fitness and Jogging II (1 cr.)
  • HPER-E 333 Fitness and Jogging III (1 cr.)
  • HPER-E 290 Yoga II (1 cr.)
  • HPER-N 220 Nutrition for Health
  • HSC-H 102 Lifetime Wellness for Health
  • MUS-X 070 University Choral Ensembles (1-2 cr.)
  • NURS-B 108 Personal Health and Wellness (1-3 cr.) (only open to Nursing students)
  • NURS-B 109 Personal Health and Wellness (1 cr.)
  • NURS-B 233 Health and Wellness (4 cr.)
  • THTR-D 110 Social Dance (2 cr.)
  • THTR-D 111 Introduction to Latin Dance (2 cr.)
  • THTR-D 115 Modern Dance I (2 cr.)
  • THTR-D 120 Ballet I (2 cr.)
  • THTR-D 130 Flamenco I (2 cr.)
  • THTR-D 140 Jazz Dance I (2 cr.)
  • THTR-D 150 Middle Eastern Dance I (2 cr.)
  • THTR-D 215 Modern Dance II (2 cr.)
  • THTR-D 220 Ballet II (2 cr.)
  • THTR-D 230 Flamenco Dance II (2 cr.)
  • THTR-D 240 Jazz Dance II (2 cr.)
  • THTR-D 250 Middle Eastern Dance 2 (2 cr.)

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