Core Requirements

 
  Core Graduation Requirement Summary
  Mathematics and Science
  Written and Oral Communication
  Humanities and/or Social Sciences
  Multicultural Awareness
  Capstone Course or Experience
  International Understanding
  Transfer and Advanced Placement Credit
  For more information - MAJORS
  For more information - MINORS
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International Understanding (9) credits

All undergraduate plans of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Forestry, or Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture must include a minimum of nine credits from the international understanding selectives list on this page, or equivalent study abroad programs, international travel courses, or international work experiences. Six credits are required in programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering or Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering degree.

International understanding selective credits may be used to fulfill written and oral communication, social sciences and humanities, or departmental requirements.

In today's rapidly changing international environment, students must broaden their understanding and appreciation of the historic, cultural, linguistic, and geographic diversity of the world's peoples, while enhancing their ability to interact effectively with people from other cultures. The objective of the international understanding component of the core curriculum is to stimulate students to explore the world and responsibly apply their learning and knowledge to global challenges.

Study Abroad Programs or International Travel Courses

In lieu of including nine or more credits of international understanding selectives in a plan of study, students may partially or totally fulfill the international understanding requirements by earning credits in an approved study abroad program or international travel course.

Regardless of the academic discipline, all credits earned in an approved study abroad program or international travel course may be used toward the nine-credit international understanding requirement.

International Work Experience

Successful completion of an approved noncredit international work experience (AGR 49500) may be used as follows:

  • An experience of 4-7 weeks may be used in lieu of three credits of international understanding selectives to fulfill the international understanding requirement.
  • A minimum eight-week summer session experience may be used in lieu of six credits of international understanding selectives to fulfill the international understanding requirement.
  • An academic semester experience may be used in lieu of nine credits of international understanding selectives.

Total number of credits required for graduation are not reduced when students fulfill international understanding requirements through participation in approved noncredit international work experiences.

Military Service in Other Countries

Military service in other countries may be used as follows:

  • Documented military serv​ice of 4-7 weeks may be used in lieu of three credits of international understanding selectives to fulfill the international understanding requirement.
  • Documented military service in other countries equivalent to an eight-week summer session may be used in lieu of six credits of international understanding selectives to fulfill the international understanding requirement.
  • Documented military service in other countries equivalent to an academic semester may be used in lieu of nine credits of international understanding selectives.

Total number of credits required for graduation are not reduced when students fulfill international understanding requirements through military service in other countries.

Foreign Citizens

Foreign citizens who have lived in their native country prior to enrolling at Purdue University fulfill the College of Agriculture International Understanding core requirement.

International Understanding Selectives

International understanding selectives have been approved by the Agriculture Curriculum and Student Relations Committee.  The courses meeting this requirement are identified in the Ag Core course listing which is available in three formats:

 Often students meet the international understanding requirement by wisely selecting communications, humanities, and/or social sciences selectives or other courses which apply to toward the major.

Revised June 6, 2013​