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Global Perspectives and Cultural Diversity
There are two pathways to completing the Global Perspectives and Cultural Diversity requirement. Which pathway a student takes depends on whether they have met Indiana State University's Non-Native Language (NNL) requirement in high school.
Non-Native Language Requirement: 4 semesters of a single high school foreign language with a grade of C- or better.
Students who have NOT met the Non-native Language Requirement in high school are required to take:
- Two courses (6 credits) at ISU in a single or multiple non-native languages, (select from 101 and 101, or 101 and 102), or two courses (6 credits), from an accredited college or university, in a single language, including American Sign Language.International
Students who HAVE met the Non-Native language requirement in high school are required to take:
- One GPCD course (3 credits)
There are two pathways within the GPCD category: Global Perspectives and Cultural Diversity. All courses meet the Common Learning Objectives; every course also meets the learning objectives of one of the pathways.
Common Learning Objectives
- Examine one’s own and global cultures through multiple lenses, such as race, ethnicity, gender, social class, environment, economics, target language, and/or other social characteristics.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the socially constructed nature of culture.
Global Perspectives Learning Objectives
- Demonstrate an understanding of the contemporary and/or historical interaction between global human and natural systems (e.g., social, economic, political, or environmental) and various cultures and worldviews.
- Analyze one or more global contemporary and/or historical issues using various cultures, worldviews, and/or global systems (e.g., social, economic, political, or environmental/natural, etc.).
Cultural Diversity Learning Objectives
- Critically examine how culture shapes one’s own and other worldviews.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the way in which cultures and/or languages are impacted by and adapting to globalizing influences.
Skill Applied Learning Requirements
- Explicitly demonstrate how the curriculum will develop critical thinking skills.
- Explicitly demonstrate how the curriculum will develop information literacy skills.
- Include a graded writing component, which whenever possible is developmental.
Category Learning Objectives Student Evaluation
International students will take the designated Global Perspective and Cultural Diversity course.
Students on the Non-Native Language pathway, with a certified learning disability, must work with the Center for Student Success to meet the Global Perspectives and Cultural Diversity requirement.
Note: Students who took non-native languages in high school, but did not take two years in a single language earning a C- or better should take the language placement test at ISU to see if they can place into a non-native language class at a higher level. If they take the higher-level course and earn a C+ or better, they will have met the non-native language pathway.