CD Credit - Study Abroad Petition Form

Petition Guidelines:

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.)

Students should petition for CD credit based on participation in a university-approved study-abroad program within two semesters after the study-abroad experience or a semester prior to an anticipated graduation date.


Petition must include:

  • The form of CD requested
  • A 500-1000 word essay explaining how the transfer course addresses the learning outcomes of the CD competency. You must demonstrate clear evidence of competency in all four CD learning outcomes listed below. For each learning outcome the essay should explain how and why the course met the learning outcome. You must present evidence to support your claim. Petitions will be strongly evaluated on the essay.

Essays are evaluated using a four-criteria assessment based on the learning outcomes of the CD competency:

Learning Outcomes of the CD Competency:

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.
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