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Cultures and Peoples Course Requirement

Cultures and Peoples courses allow students to study in-depth one or more aspects of a non-Western culture (i.e., those of Africa, the Middle East, East Asia, and indigenous cultures of Oceania, and North and South America) or to study historical and contemporary interactions between non-Western and Western cultures.  Courses may consider art, music, drama, literature, religion, science, philosophy, history, politics, or social norms and practices of non-Western cultures and peoples.  Courses may also focus on a non-Western sub-culture within a Western culture.  In this case emphasis should be placed on the sub-culture's non-Western roots and on its effort to preserve a distinct identity within the mainstream culture.  To be approved, the content of a course must be substantially on non-Western cultures and peoples, that is, at least half of the semester should be devoted to non-Western culture and peoples.

Completion of a Cultures and Peoples course has been a part of the College's general education requirements since June 2005.  Prior to this date, courses in Cultures and Peoples were offered as electives.

Courses used to satisfy the Cultures and Peoples requirement may be used to satisfy prerequisites and major requirements, but not another general education requirement.


Subject and Course NumberCourse Title
ANTH 201Intro Archaeol & Physical Anth
ANTH 202Intro to Cultural Anth & Comm
ANTH 225Human Ecology
ANTH 300Ethnography
ANTH 310Ethnographic Film
ANTH 311Ecological Anthropology
ANTH 312Medical Anthropology
ANTH 313Cultures of SE Asia & Oceania
ANTH 314Prehist & Hist Nat Am Cult SE
ARTH 220Survey of Asian Art History
ARTH 225Islamic Art
ARTH 241African Art
ARTH 321Art of South Asia
ARTH 322Art of China
ARTH 323Art of Japan
CHIN 280Selected Topics in Chinese
CHIN 304Chinese Culture Through Film
CHIN 306Intercult Comm-East & West
CHIN 307Modern China
CHIN 401Advanced Chinese I
CHIN 402Advanced Chinese II
CHIN 412Chinese Lit in Translation
ECO 336Economics of Native Americans
ECO 441Comparative Economic Systems
ENGL 204Survey of World Literature
ENGL 320African American Literature
ENGL 324American Ethnic Literature
ENGL 339Race, Gender, and Empire
ENGL 340African Literature
ENGL 422Native American Literature
ENGL 435Global Digital Cultures
ENGL 436Literature & Human Rights
ENGL 437Selected Topics in World Lit
ENVS 201Intro Environ Social Science
FREN 306French World: Africa, Euro, Am
GER 406Multicult/Diversity in German
GSP 301Introduction to Gender Studies
HIST 291Modern Middle East
HIST 292Modern East Asia
HIST 293Hist People Sub-Saharan Africa
HIST 294History of Slavery & Slave Soc
HIST 296Colonial Latin American Hist
HIST 297Modern Latin American History
HIST 490Adv. Semina Europe & Non-West
INTL 260Comparing States & Societies
INTL 361Middle East Politics
INTL 362China: Foreign Relations
INTL 363African Politics
INTL 383Revolutions & Regime Change
LACS 320Americas Seminar I
LACS 321Americas Seminar II
MENA 354Mid East, North Africa Seminar
MLLC 223Seminar in Global Perspectives
PHIL 201World Philosophy
PHIL 331African Philosophy
PHIL 333Chinese Philosophy
PHIL 335Buddhist Philosophy
REL 221Introduction to Islam
REL 222Introduction to Confucianism
REL 240Religions of the World
REL 260Introduction to Religion
REL 261Religious Pilgrimage
REL 263Ethnography of Religion
REL 331Christian/Islamic Theology
REL 351Political Islam
REL 353Contemporary Islam
REL 357Buddhist Religious Traditions
REL 358Hindu Religious Traditions
REL 361Fieldwork on Religion
REL 362Ritualized Space, Middle East
SOC 250Sex & Gender Across Cultures
SPAN 305Hispanic World:Spanish America
SPAN 309Linguistic & Cult Competence
SPAN 311Social Change, Hispanic World
THEA 424African American Drama