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.


Online courses, summer 2020

The following course is being offered online during summer 2020. To register or to see other available summer courses, see the Summer Term page.

IDIS 290 - Interfaith Scriptural Reasoning: Reading and Understanding Each Others’ Scriptures
Description: Scriptural reasoning is an interfaith practice, developed by David Ford and Peter Ochs, in which Christians, Jews, and Muslims, meet to study their sacred scriptures together, to deepen the understanding of their own faith tradition and that of others. In this course, Calvin students are joining with Jewish and Muslim students from around the world, to explore select readings from their respective sacred traditions, and see how these traditions help believers to make sense of contemporary issues. Calvin students can take this for CCE credit, upon completion of 6 extra hours of cross-cultural engagement.

On-campus options for 2020-2021

Note that seniors have priority when registering for these courses.

Fall 2020 options are:

IDIS 290A, B - Black Lives Matter (1 credit, 2 sections) taught by Eric Washington
Section A: First half of semester, Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 pm
Section B: Second half of semester, Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 pm

IDIS 290 - Muslim Neighbors and Christian Hospitality (1 credit) taught by Frans van Liere and Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim
Section TBD: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 pm

HIST 235A - India and its World (3 credits) taught by Doug Howard
Section A: Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm

(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