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 College. 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 2018-2019 include 1-credit courses. Seniors have priority.

For Fall 2018, IDIS 290 options are:

"Black Lives Matter" Sections A and B.
"Cultures and Community-Islam" Sections C and D.

For Interim 2019, the options are:

IDIS 290 (1 credit) "The Cultural Self and Others" taught by Alisa Tigchelaar.
IDIS 290 (1 credit) "Intergroup Dialog Training" taught by Penny Dykstra-Pruim and Christina Edmondson.
PSYC W60 (3 credits) "Practicum: Children at Risk" by special application only taught by Marjorie Gunnoe.
SOC W40 (3 credits) "Grand Rapids: Race and Place" taught by Joseph Kuilema

For Spring 2019, the 1-credit options are:

IDIS 290 "Hispanic Culture in the U.S." taught by Cynthia Slagter.
IDIS 290 "Minority Voices in Science" taught by Dave Warners and Margaret Caulfield.
IDIS 290 "Intergroup Dialog-Hot Topics" taught by Penny Dykstra-Pruim and Christina Edmondson.
IDIS 290 "The New Jim Crow" taught by Tommie Brown.
IDIS 290 "Black Lives Matter" taught by Eric Washington.
IDIS 192 "Crossing Cultures" taught by Sara Vander Bie.

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