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 2020-2021

Note that seniors have priority when registering for these courses.

Fall 2020 options are:

IDIS 290 A, 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 C: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 pm

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

Interim 2021 - regular courses options are:

IDIS W35 - "Managing Diversity and Inclusion" (3 credits) taught by Maria Lam
8:30 am-12:00 noon

IDIS W37 - "Chinese Medicine and Culture" (3 credits) taught by Anding Shen
2:00-5:00 pm

IDIS 290 A, B - "Members of One Another: The Cultural Self and Others" (0 or 1 credit, 2 sections) taught by Alisa Tigchelaar
Section A: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:45 am-12:00 pm
Section B: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00 pm-4:15 pm

IDIS 290 C - "Worship and Culture Worldwide" (0 or 1 credit) taught by CICW staff Kai Ton Chau
11:00-11:50 am for synchronous online learners.

IDIS 290 E - "Worship and Culture Worldwide" (0 or 1 credit) taught by CICW staff Kai Ton Chau for asynchronous online learners.

IDIS 290 D - "Emotional Resilience for Justice Seekers" (0 or 1 credit) taught by Christina Edmondson
Hybrid asynchronous and synchronous discussion; you choose two of four times for discussion weekly. Times include Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 am and 6:00 pm (EST), January 6-22.

(additional options may be added)

Interim 2021 - DCM options are:

IDIS 150 02 - "World Christianity in Local Perspective" taught by Retief Muller
8:30 am-12:00 noon

IDIS 150 09 - "Disability, Community and Inclusion" taught by Kevin Timpe
8:30 am-12:00 noon

IDIS 150 24 - "Finding Refuge" taught by Sara VanderBie
8:30 am-12:00 noon

Spring 2021 CCE course options are:

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

(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 CCE committee: