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Global Cultures Flag Criteria and Interpretation

Criterion

The following criterion was developed and approved by the Faculty Council.

To satisfy the Global Cultures flag, at least one-third of the course grade must be based on content dealing with in-depth examination of the broader cultural context and perspectives of one or more non-U.S. communities, countries, or coherent regional groupings of countries, past or present.

Interpretation

The following interpretation was developed by the faculty committee that oversees the Global Cultures flag and was approved by the Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee.

Courses carrying the Global Cultures flag typically focus on the histories, traditions, practices, or aesthetics of one or more non-U.S. communities as a way of understanding their culture. Global Cultures courses may study any area of human activity so long as they aim at an understanding of the cultural communities under consideration. Proposals to flag courses may come from any discipline, but in every case should explain how the course will lead students to an understanding of the broader cultural context of the material studied.

Ideally, the Global Cultures flag will challenge students to explore the beliefs and practices of non-U.S. cultural communities in relation to their own cultural experiences so that they engage in an active process of self-reflection.