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Liberal education today must include preparation for effective citizenship in a diverse multicultural society and in a pluralistic global setting. The Perspectives on Diversity Requirement encourages students to reflect on identity formation and its place in social, global and historical contexts, as well as to develop awareness of their own and others' worldviews. To achieve these ends, students satisfy the requirement in three areas:
Domestic Diversity — We exist within a history of systemic cultural, political and economic oppression and privilege. In the Domestic Diversity portion of the requirement, students examine the ways groups define themselves and have been defined within this context. The groups addressed in this requirement are usually identified in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, class or ethnicity. Courses may occasionally address other socially constructed categories that have been used to name and control, and for which there are significant bodies of scholarship.
Courses with a Domestic Diversity designation meet three or more of these criteria:
International Diversity — Learning to see through the eyes of other peoples and cultures is essential to becoming a citizen of the world. In the International Diversity portion of the requirement, students study cultures outside of the United States, examining these cultures' self-definitions and their interaction with external forces. This invites an expanded worldview and greater understanding of cultural perspective.
Courses with an International Diversity designation meet three or more of the following criteria:
Language — Language is at the heart of the human experience. Studying languages in their cultural contexts helps us to develop greater awareness of ourselves, of other cultures and of our relationships to those cultures. A knowledge of other languages and other cultures is also a powerful key to successful communication: knowing how, when and why to say what to whom. Furthermore, studying languages opens connections to additional bodies of knowledge in the arts, social sciences, natural sciences and domains outside our present frames of reference. Through comparing and contrasting languages and cultures, we develop greater insight into our own languages and cultures and realize that there are multiple ways of viewing the world. Participation in multilingual communities in a variety of contexts and in culturally appropriate ways leads to fuller engagement in the global community.
To fulfill the Language Component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement, students must:
Students who take a language placement examination and/or who are recommended by the Department for a second semester of a language course will satisfy the Language Requirement by taking that course.
Students who place beyond the point at which the College requires work in a second language do not receive a reduction in the number of credits needed for graduation nor do they earn any credits on their transcript.
Notes about the Requirement