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Multicultural Designation

Click here for the Multicultural Course Criteria and Application.


“Culture” includes, but is not limited to, the cumulative knowledge, experience, beliefs, values, attitudes, meanings, hierarchies, religion, language, notions of time, roles, spatial relations, social activities, concepts of the universe, and material objects and possessions acquired by a group of people over time.

Students in Multicultural Studies (MC) courses at Marshall University engage in critical thinking about their own and other cultures.  They learn to explain and examine some of the elements of multiple cultures, past and present.  Multicultural Studies courses encourage students to compare their own cultures with other cultures, enabling them to evaluate their own.


Multicultural Course Assessment

Departments develop courses for Multicultural Studies credit.  Departments maintain oversight of instructors of their Multicultural Studies (MC) courses.  Departments are responsible for assessing MC student outcomes for their courses as part of Annual Assessment Reports and Five Year Program Reviews.

Approval of Limited-Duration, Special-Topics, and Honors Seminar Courses

Special topics courses, honors seminar classes, and other courses that will have a limited duration (i.e., the course will only be offered one or two times) may apply for MC designation by submitting application materials directly to the General Education Council following approval at the department and college level.  The same application form should be used for these courses as any other class that is being considered for the MC attribute. Once approved by the General Education Council, the Registrar will be notified that the course has been approved.

Multicultural Designator Five-Year Recertification

Five years after a course gains the designation as part of the Core Curriculum, departments must resubmit the course to the General Education Council for recertification via the expedited curricular path (department -> GEC -> registrar).   Departments must apply to revalidate the course early enough so that the GEC and the registrar will have time process the application before the course list for the next semester is generated.

Multicultural Course Designation

  • A course may be either International or Multicultural but not both.


Submissions must include…

(1)    A detailed, completed Multicultural Course Application
(2)    A detailed sample syllabus which includes

a.       A list of typical assignments and assessments tied to MC learning outcomes;
b.      A list of typical readings; and
c.       A weekly schedule of activities.