Cultural Diversity Competency Area

Understanding Cultural Diversity

Understanding cultural diversity means students will have a broad exposure to a variety of social systems, cultures, and subcultures, both within the United States and the rest of the world. This portion of the curriculum encourages an appreciation of the realities of a racially and culturally diverse world. Students who satisfy this requirement will demonstrate that they are able to do all of the following:

  1. Recognize that social and cultural systems develop out of adaptation to environmental and historical circumstances;
  2. Communicate an understanding of the ways in which race, ethnicity, and/or gender are socially constructed;
  3. Communicate an understanding that different cultures may hold different views of the same issues;
  4. Evaluate pertinent information and assertions for relevance, bias, stereotyping, manipulation, and completeness.

Cultural Diversity Requirement

Students must take 6 hours in courses designated Cultural Diversity (CD1 and CD2), at least 3 hours of which will focus on persons of African, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Native American ancestry (CD1 courses). In many cases, these courses will also fulfill other Content Area requirements (e.g., a Cultural Diversity course may also count as a Social and Behavioral Science requirement).

Cultural Diversity Appeals

Students who feel as if they have completed a "cultural experience" (study abroad, transfer credit, or life experience) have the ability to submit a CD petition. Guidelines, petition forms, and a sample petition can be found below. Only one Cultural Diversity credit may be earned by petition.

Petition Deadlines:

  • May graduates: September 1st (Appeal decision will be provided prior to registration for the following term)
  • December and August graduates: February 1st (Appeal decision will be provided prior to registration for the following term)
  • Non-graduates: petitions must be made within two semesters after the cultural diversity experience or the semester after transfer to UofL.

Appeals will not be processed during summer terms.

 

Petition for Study Abroad CD Credit

 

Students may petition for Cultural Diversity (CD) credit after participation in a university approved study-abroad program. University of Louisville courses not previously approved for general-education credit will not be accepted for CD credit even if they are part of a university-approved study abroad program. The petition must include an essay identifying which form of CD credit is requested, describing the program and explaining how the experience met the learning outcomes of the CD competency.
CD credit by petition is limited to one course.

Instructions for Appeal and Assessment Guidelines
Petition Example
Petition for CD Credit - Study Abroad (Submit Online Petition)

Petition for Transfer Course CD Credit

 

A student may petition the General Education Curriculum Committee to evaluate transfer courses identified by the Admissions Office as not equivalent to any existing approved CD course. The student requesting the evaluation must provide a catalog course description and a syllabus of the course(s) in question as well as an essay identifying which form of CD credit is requested and explaining how the transfer course addresses the learning outcomes of the CD general education requirement.
CD credit by petition is limited to one course.

Instructions for Appeal and Assessment Guidelines
Petition Example
Petition for CD Credit - Transfer Courses (Submit Online Petition)

Petition for Life Experience CD Credit

 

A student may petition for Cultural Diversity (CD) credit based on life experience. The petition must include an essay identifying which form of CD credit is requested, describing and explaining how the life experience met the learning outcomes of the CD competency.
CD credit by petition is limited to one course.

Instructions for Appeal and Assessment Guidelines
Petition Example
Petition for CD Credit - Life Experience (Submit Online Petition)