The Global Core requirement consists of courses that examine areas not the primary focus of Literature Humanities and Contemporary Civilization and that, like other Core courses, are broadly introductory, interdisciplinary, and temporally or spatially expansive. Courses in the Global Core are organized around a set of primary texts or artifacts, which may range from texts of literate traditions to media (e.g. film), ritual performances or oral sources, produced in the regions of the world in question. Global Core courses fall into two categories: those that focus on a specific culture or civilization, tracing its appearance and/or existence across a significant span of time and sometimes across more than one present-day country or region; and those that address several world settings or cultures comparatively (and may include Europe and the West), in terms of a common theme, a set of analytic questions, or interactions between different world regions.
What is required?
Two courses. Consult the Global Core List of Approved Courses (also available in the CSA and 208 Hamilton) for approved course options.
Recommended in sophomore and junior years.
Can I test out?
This requirement was formerly the Major Cultures requirement. Students in the class of 2011 should refer to the CC Bulletin for details on opting to complete the requirement according to the previous Major Cultures guidelines.