Core 200 Information
Please fill out and submit the proposal, which includes the cover sheet and tracking form, and also the application.
- Criteria for fulfilling CORE 200 Requirement
- CORE 200 Learning Outcomes
- Purpose of CORE 200 Curriculum
- CORE 200 examples
Required Submission Forms
- CORE 200 Proposal and Submission Process
- Application for a new General Education course
- Application to change an existing General Education course
- Through a 2 course linkage:
- The instructors teaching these courses will link them thematically.
- The courses must address the CORE 200 curriculum goals.
- One of the courses must have predominant content about aspects of a culture* outside the borders of the U.S.
- At least one of the courses must fulfill a general education fields of knowledge course requirement.
- Through an approved study abroad course or extension:
- All Meredith study abroad courses.
- Borderlinks, Danish International Study (DIS) or other approved programs.
- Other institutions’ study abroad courses as approved by the director of general education.
- Meredith courses focusing on another culture that include a course extension trip abroad#. The itinerary and activities of this trip will clearly augment the content and goals of the course.
Through CORE 200 courses and linkages students will:
- think and reflect critically,
- research, analyze, and compare cultures,
- improve oral and written expression, and
- express their knowledge of cultural comparisons through qualitative and quantitative means.
* Culture may be broadly defined. The general education committee welcomes proposals that provide some depth of focus on a culture, or culture area beyond the U.S. borders. Culture may be defined in terms of nationality, religion, ethnicity, common history, or geographic region.
# The trip will not necessarily be for credit nor required of all students in the course. It will take place under the auspices of Meredith Study Abroad and be supervised by Meredith faculty. Satisfactory completion of the trip and thereby the CORE 200 requirement will be reported by the faculty member to the director of general education and the registrar.
The purpose of CORE 200, Cultural Connections, to be taken during the sophomore or junior year, is to build on what students learned about social and cultural diversity in The Context of Culture. The emphasis will not be on diverse cultural experiences but on diverse cultural values. The locus of this exploration will not be the USA, but another part of the globe. Inevitably, however, Cultural Connections will foster cultural comparison, inviting students to reflect on what they learned in their foundation course as they come to understand another country or region.
The question at the heart of this experience is: in the face of diverse values and beliefs, how can nations and cultures achieve community? Basic to that enduring question, are two others: What might we mean by community? and How diverse are human beings? Are there common goals and values that all humans share and, if so, what are they?
In the belief that cross-cultural understanding will be helpful to cross-cultural communication, one of the chief aims will be for the students to learn a great deal about a part of the world different from their own, including its geography. Students will continue to work on strengthening their oral, written, and analytical skills. In addition, a significant focus on an issue or aspect of culture that invites exploration of comparative national and/or cultural values will be an important component.
CORE 201: The World in Context: 20th Century History and Literature
HIS 103: The World in the 20th Century and ENG 203: 20th Century Literature in Translation
This linkage creates a learning community that will involve the study of significant 20th century events, issues and developments from a predominantly non-western perspective. Literature selections come from a selected sample of non-western cultures and weave together with predominant historical themes such as colonialism; war and revolution; class, caste, and race. Format will be lecture-discussion; film and other media will be employed. Application toward general education requirements as CORE 200 and Literature elective (ENG 203) and history requirement or elective in Cultural Perspectives (HIS 103).
CORE 203: Latin America: History, Religion, Culture - Tragedies and Triumphs
HIS 200: History of Latin America and REL 200 Latin American Liberation Theology
Through the use of various themes such as conquest, independence, relations between the church and state, revolution, liberation and dependency, this linkage will explore the varied social, cultural, religious, economic and political realities of Latin America. Films will be used throughout this linkage to connect the two distinct courses. Counts toward general education requirements as CORE 200 and Cultural Perspectives elective.
CORE: 204 World Food
FN 227: Introductory Nutrition and GEO 205: World Regional Geography
Students will discover how geography and culture intertwine to influence diet and cuisine in selected regions of the world. They will explore how people around the world meet their nutritional needs through their unique culinary traditions, and how recent developments related to population, urbanization, economic activity and globalization function as a force changing the structure of human activity and diet. Students will experience first hand some of the different foods of the world. Application toward general education requirements as CORE 200 and Social and Behavioral Science elective.
CORE 210: Cultural Dances in Theory and Motion
DAN 200: Dance in Society and DAN 156: World Dance
Students will complete 1 credit of either Health and Physical Learning or Cultural Perspectives and 3 credits of either Cultural Perspectives or Aesthetics and the Arts.
Study Abroad Options:
All Meredith Study Abroad Programs, Borderlinks semester on the border, Danish International Study, and a variety of other Meredith-approved study abroad programs.