Ethics and Multicultural Awareness (3 credits)

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Ethics and Multicultural Awareness (3 credits)

Programs are required to devote part of the General Education Options credits to courses focused on values, ethics, or multiculturalism.  Programs can choose to either require 9 credits in a modern language or 3 credits from the Ethics/Multicultural List (EMEL), or a proper subset of this list.  Courses on the EMEL list must (1) appear on one of the Gen Ed menus and (2) demonstrate all of the educational goals associated with one of the following areas:

Multicultural Awareness

Students will become knowledgeable about cultural similiarties and differences.  Students will gain an "understanding of how people's experiences and perspectives are shaped by gender, ethnicity, culture and other factors that distinguish groups of people, coupled with recognition of common elements within human experiences that transcend time, space, race and circumstances" (BOG).

Multicultural awareness assists individuals, regardless of ethinicity, gender, disabilities, social class or race, to understand and appreciate events and people from various points of view.  The primary focus of a courses on this menu must be one or more of the following: gender, sex, ethnicity, racial diversity, world religious belief systems or cultural diverity.

Educational Goals:

  • To recognize one's own cultural background and views including biases and prejudices towards other groups, while comparing and contrasting them with the values, beliefs, and practices of other cultural groups;
  • To outline diversity, either historically or cross-culturally, for the population(s) under study;
  • To explain how cultural groups define social constructs (e.g. gender roles, gender attribution, gender ideology and gender identity) and how these are expressed;
  • To identify and explain the social behavior of the population(s) under study;
  • To explain why tensions exist between cultural groups and how such tensions are expressed, such as attribution and ideology.


Students will gain an "understanding of the role of values in personal, professional and civic life; experience in recognizing and analyzing ethical issues" (BOG).  The study of ethical values includes the acts, customs and institutions regarded in a particular, usually favorable, way by a group of people.  Ethical and moral values must be the primary focus of the course, not just a topic.  The phrase "ethical values" should be understood in contrast to values applicable only to limited contexts, such as personal or professional success, or adherence to laws and regulations.

Educational Goals:

  • To apply bodies of knowledge to form the basis for an analysis of ethical values;
  • To explain how ethical values are developed within diverse human frameworks;
  • To analyze an analysis of ethical values to other branches of knowledge or to issues of universal human concern;
  • To adhere to ethical standards in the world at large and within professional settings.

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