Apr 19, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog 
    
2023-2024 University Catalog

College of Science Core: Cultural Diversity (Language and Culture)


Curricular Outcome: Demonstrated breadth of knowledge and cultural appreciation. College of Science students are expected to develop an understanding of at least one other culture in addition to their own through learning a language, taking culture and/or diversity courses, or participating in an approved Study Abroad experience. Satisfaction of this requirement includes completion of a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) course.

Requirement Options


This nine-credit core requirement is satisfied by the completion of one of the following options:

Option 1


Two (2) approved foreign language courses, and one (1) JEDI course from the Culture and Diversity course list.

Option 2


One (1) approved foreign language course, one (1) JEDI course from the Culture and Diveristy list, and an approved short-term study abroad program (minimum eight (8) days containing a minimum 3-credit course and significant immersion in the local culture). See your Academic Advisor for more information.

Option 3


Three (3) approved courses from the Culture and Diversity list below, containing at least one (1) JEDI course.

  • Course selections must enhance a student’s understanding and appreciation of other cultures.
  • Selections must be made from the approved Culture and Diversity list below.
  • Course selections must build upon one another and deepen a student’s understanding of a culture or an aspect of multiple cultures.
  • Courses may be chosen from different subject matter areas or may be within one subject area. If one subject is chosen, courses must build a student’s knowledge of a culture.
  • Only one 10000-level course may be used the meet requirement. A combination of 20000, 30000 and 40000 will be used to complete the requirement.
  • Culture and Diversity Three Course Sequence Approval Form must be submitted to the student’s academic advisor explaining the reasoning behind proposed course selections and intended learning outcomes. The advisor will approve the student’s course selections or work with the student to develop a plan that meets the intent of the Foreign Language and Culture requirement.

Option 4


An approved study abroad experience* and one (1) JEDI course from the Culture and Diversity list below. Once approved, a non-credit waiver will be applied to a student’s degree audit, and six (6) credits are available for elective coursework to meet their 120-credit hour degree requirement. See your Academic Advisor for more informaition.

An approved program must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Take place outside the United States and meet one of the following program requirements:
    • Approved semester or year-long Study Abroad program.
    • Summer program of at least seven and a half weeks duration.
    • Approved short-term study abroad program (not less than 8 days) containing a minimum 3-credit course and significant immersion in the local culture to meet the Culture requirement. 
    • Purdue Summer Internship Program
    • College of Education Maymester in Tanzania Study Abroad Program
  • Include a minimum three (3) credits of coursework or research
  • Include significant immersion in the local culture and language independent of any US-based program in which the student may be participating.

Option 5


International Students. International students meet the intent of the Foreign Language and Culture requirement through their international experience at Purdue University and completion of one (1) JEDI course from the Culture and Diversity list below. A non-credit waiver will be applied to a student’s MyPurduePlan audit, and six (6) credits are added to elective coursework to meet the minimum 120-credit hour degree requirement. See your academic advisor for guidelines and approval.

Curriculum Note


Courses which have been taken to meet the Cultural Diversity requirement may not also be used to meet a student’s General Education or Great Issues requirement.

*Study Abroad Notes


Approval Process


Students wishing to use an approved study abroad program to meet the Foreign Language and Culture requirement are required to complete the Experiential Learning Contract process.

Scholarships


Study Abroad scholarship opportunities are available.

Culture and Diversity Course List