Cultural Diversity Requirement

University Council cultural diversity requirement for undergraduates, Adopted, June, 1997.

In order to further enrich the educational experience of the University of Georgia and to ensure that our graduates acquire the understanding and respect for cultural differences necessary for an enlightened citizenry, all undergraduate students will be required to study cultural diversity within a domestic or global context before graduation. This requirement may be completed by curricular or extracurricular experiences. The curricular requirement option may include study abroad, supported learning experiences, infusion of content across courses, or one course or a series of courses, so long as the particular approach meets the approval of the student's college or school. The extra-curricular option may be fulfilled with a community service program or related project approved by the individual school or college. Having once satisfied this requirement, the student will not have to fulfill it again unless it is part of program requirements for his or her major. Both the curricular and extra-curricular options will be developed or revisited by each school or college in consultation with students from that particular school or college. The cultural diversity requirement should enable students to develop their understanding of issues of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, and class, not only within the cultures they are studying, but also as applied to their own cultures. Thus faculty teaching courses or supervising extra-curricular experiences should help students process their experiences and insights by application to the contemporary culture(s) in which they live.

Each school and college is charged with determining what courses and/or experiences of domestic or global study fulfill the curricular option, and what activities fulfill the extra-curricular option. Units will design the requirement so that there is not an increase in hours beyond the approved limit. Each school and college will be responsible for monitoring the compliance of its students to the requirement, beginning in the Fall of 1998.

The University will not mandate a cultural diversity requirement for students in post baccalaureate programs. However, each school or college with a post baccalaureate program is encouraged, using its own procedures, to evaluate the adequacy of those programs with respect to diversity content and issues and to make modifications where necessary.