Multicultural Awareness (3) credits
All undergraduate plans of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Forestry, or Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture must include a minimum of three credits of multicultural awareness selectives.
Students must broaden their awareness of the United States domestic, multicultural environment. The objective of the multicultural awareness component of the core curriculum is to stimulate students to become aware of self and others to be better prepared for the workplace and participatory citizenship. Students are encouraged to explore coursework outside their own culture.
- Examine one’s beliefs,
values and assumptions regarding cultural differences and social group
memberships and experiences
the basics of culture
- Describe the
categories of discrimination and their effects, including but not limited
to gender, racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, social stratification,
- Examine cultural
differences in verbal and nonverbal communication within multicultural
interactions and settings.
- Analyze differences in
power and privilege related to social identity groups, i.e., but not
limited to, race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, age, language,
citizenship, religion, class, sexual orientation, or physical ability.
and apply critical thinking
skills, intellectual engagement and motivation.
- Integrate university scholarship and experiential field
and value the wisdom and
experience of students’ biographies as a resource and text.
The requirement may be fulfilled by taking courses 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:
Most often, students meet the multicultural awareness
requirement by wisely selecting a communications, humanities, or social science
selective, or another course applying toward the major.
Alternatively, students may complete an approved non-credit
multicultural awareness work experience (AGR 49600) of a minimum of 4-weeks
duration in lieu of 3 credits of a multicultural awareness selective. The
Assistant Dean for diversity will be the instructor of record for AGR 49600. Course proposals that address the learning objectives of the experience and define how the culture in which the immersion will take place is different from their native culture will be evaluated for approval by the Assistant Dean for diversity. Approval is required as a condition for registration.
Revised January 13, 2016