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.

2021-2022

Note that seniors have priority when registering for these courses.

CCE options for Summer 2021

IDIS 290 A - "Worship and Culture Worldwide" (1 credit) taught by Kai Ton Chau. Course offered Summer Session 1 (May 18-June 8), online asynchronous.

IDIS 290 B - "Worship and Culture Worldwide" (1 credit) taught by Kai Ton Chau. Course offered Summer Session 2 (June 16-July 7), online asynchronous.

Important note: the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship is providing some financial support for students taking Kai Ton Chau’s IDIS 290 A or B, “Worship and Culture Worldwide,” this summer. To apply to be considered for this support, please go here. (You must also register for the course separately; “audit” status is not available for CCE credit.)

CCE options for Fall 2021

IDIS 290 A(A) - "Minority Voices in Science" (0 or 1 credit) taught by Dave Warners and Kelly DuBois. Course offered in person Wednesdays, 12:00-1:30 p.m., by application only (contact course instructors).

IDIS 290 B(B) - "Emotional Resilience for Justice Seekers" (0 or 1 credit) taught by Dr. Christina Edmondson. Course offered online asynchronously with required synchronous discussion, the first half of the semester.

IDIS 290 C(C) - "Worship and Culture Worldwide" (0 or 1 credit) taught by Kai Ton Chau. Course offered online, asynchronously, the first half of the semester.

IDIS 290 2.0 and 2.1 - "Exploring Race in America" (0 or 1 credit). Course offered for full semester, once-weekly, online synchronously. Details and exact schedule to be worked out and communicated to students after enrollment.

IDIS 290 3.0 and 3.1 - "Muslim-Christian Engagement" (0 or 1 credit). Course offered for full semester, once-weekly, online synchronously. Details and exact schedule to be worked out and communicated to students after enrollment.

2020-2021

On-campus options for Spring 2021

IDIS 290 A, B - "Black Lives Matter" (0 or 1 credit, 2 sections) taught by Eric Washington

IDIS 290 D - "Minority Voices in Science" (0 or 1 credit) taught by Dave Warners and Kelly DuBois (contact professor to apply)

IDIS 290 E - "Income Tax Assistance" (0 or 1 credit) taught by David Cook (contact professor to apply)

IDIS 290 F, G - "Interfaith Scriptural Reasoning: Reading and Understanding Each Others' Scriptures" (0 or 1 credit, 2 sections) taught by Frans van Liere

IDIS 290 H, I, J - "Intergroup Dialog - Caste" (0 or 1 credit, 3 sections) taught by Joe Kuilema

CMS 251 B - "Christian Community Development" (1 credit) taught by Todd Cioffi

ENGL 314 A- "British Lit: Early 19th Century" (3 credits, optional CCE) taught by Jennifer Holberg

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

Questions?

Please email the CCE committee: cce@calvin.edu.