There is great value in learning how to cross borders and understand the perspectives of people different from yourself. The CCE credit challenges students to engage with cultures and communities other than their own, to prepare them for a lifetime of global citizenship.

CCE Learning Objectives:

Students will

  1. Articulate knowledge of their own culture and a culture different from their own.
  2. Engage effectively across cultures and, where appropriate, adapt to cultural expectations.
  3. Demonstrate understanding and discernment regarding cultural embodiments of values and faith traditions.

What is a "Culturally Engaging" experience?

The requirement that the engagement be in a culture "significantly different from one's own" requires justification. It is difficult to define what would be culture significantly different from the student's own culture for students at Calvin University. Proposals for courses intended to meet the CCE requirement should outline the nature of culture differences that exist between the students in the class and the community of engagement. For all such courses, the dimensions of time, intensity and cultural difference should be seen as related. That is, for experiences of short duration or limited intensity, the culture differences should be greater; for semester or year-long experiences, smaller differences may be able to accomplish the same purpose. For White, North American students, if the engagement is done in North America, it should be with a different racial or linguistic community (e.g., African American, Hispanic or non-English speaking immigrant). In cases where significant cultural difference is not apparent, the proposal should explain how there are sufficient differences to enable the goals of the course to be met and how the course will use these differences to meet the goals for the CCE requirement.

For information about CCE courses, please see the course catalog.

Need CCE credit?

On-campus and off-campus courses that carry CCE credit are different each term. The on-campus CCE options listed in the course catalog are not guaranteed to be offered every year. Please confirm with the professor or department of a CCE-course as soon as possible, if you are interested in or have any questions about fulfilling the CCE requirement through that course.


On-campus options for 2019-2020 include 1-credit courses. Seniors have priority.

Fall 2019 IDIS 290 options are:

"Black Lives Matter" taught by Eric Washington
Section A: First half of semester, Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 pm
Section B: Second half of semester, Thursdays, 3:30-5:00 pm

"Intergroup Dialogue-Hot Topics" by special application only, taught by Christina Edmondson and Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim
Section C: Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00 pm

"Muslims and Christian Hospitality" taught by Doug Howard and Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim
Section D: Tuesdays, 9:00-9:50 am

"Grass Roots Floor" for dorm floor taught by Joe Kuilema
"First Year Seminar-International Cohort" for international students taught by Jane Bruin

Interim 2020 options are:

IDIS 290-A and B "Cultural Selves" (1 credit, 2 sections) taught by Alisa Tigchelaar
Section: A: 9:45-12:00 noon
Section: B: 2:00-4:15 pm

IDIS 290-C "Worship and Culture Worldwide" (1 credit) taught by CICW staff
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:00-8:00 pm (January 9, 14, 16, 21, 23) plus attendance for 3 days at the Worship Symposium during interim break (Jan. 30-Feb. 1). Includes shared meals and free Symposium registration.

IDIS W33 "Chinese Medicine and Culture" (3 credits) taught by Anding Shen
2:00-5:00 p.m.

PSYC W60 "Practicum: Children at Risk" (3 credits) taught by Marjorie Gunnoe and Emily Helder. Paperwork required after registration. Pick up the required forms in the Psych office.
8:30-12:00 noon

Spring 2020 options are:

IDIS 290:
"Disability: Rights and Pride" (1 credit) taught by Kevin Timpe
Section B: Tuesdays, 9:00-9:50 am

"Minority Voices in Science" (1 credit) by application only, taught by Maggie Caulfield and Dave Warners
Section C: Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00 pm

"Income Tax Assistance" (0 or 1 credit) taught by David Cook. Contact professor ASAP (prerequisites: Sophomore status or above, ACCT 203 or ACCT 204 or permission of instructor).
Section D: Training sessions: January 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 6:00-8:30 pm. Two hours each week from February 1 through April 15

"Muslim Neighbors and Christian Hospitality" (1 credit) pending demand, taught by Jeff Bouman and Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim
Section E: Tuesdays, 10:30-11:20 am

IDIS 192-A "Crossing Cultures" (1 credit) taught by Sara Vander Bie. Enrollment by application only; contact Sara at for application.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-2:20 pm

CMS 251-B (1 credit) "Christian Community Development" taught by Todd Cioffi
Mondays, 2:30-3:20 pm (but will not meet every week)

(additional options may be added)

The topics vary by term. You can get more information by contacting the instructor or emailing the registrar's office.

For off-campus options, see Off-campus Programs.


Please email the associate dean for diversity and inclusion at