All Global Heritage courses include at least two of the following student learning objectives:
- Students will engage with core ideas, values, texts, or traditional sources of authority in a specific culture, civilization, or group.
- Students will understand how the contemporary culture interacts with these sources of authority (that is, the “conversation” between the tradition and contemporary life).
- Students will examine how people in these cultures have been affected by internal or external forces (such as cultural borrowing, colonialism, the global economy, or ethnic/ideological conflict), and how these forces have shaped cultural identity.
In addition to the above criteria, an off-campus Global Heritage course will:
- Take students abroad for at least 14 days.
- Provide detailed travel plans demonstrating that at least 80 percent of the course content will consist of activities that allow for direct interaction with the people, places, and/or works constituting the subject of the course.