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Cultures & Peoples

Cultures and Peoples courses allow students to study in depth one or more aspects of a non-Western culture (i.e., those of Africa, the Middle East, East Asia, and indigenous cultures of Oceania, and North and South America) or to study historical and contemporary interactions between non-Western and Western cultures. Courses may consider art, music, drama, literature, religion, science, philosophy, history, politics, or social norms and practices of non-Western cultures and peoples. Courses may also focus on a non-Western sub-culture within a Western culture. In this case emphasis should be placed on the sub-culture's non-Western roots and on its effort to preserve a distinct identity within the mainstream culture. To be approved, the content of a course must be substantially on non-Western cultures and peoples, that is, at least half of the semester should be devoted to non-Western cultures and peoples.

Completion of a Cultures and Peoples course has been a part of the College's general education requirements since June 2005.  Prior to this date, courses in Cultures and Peoples were offered as electives. 

Courses used to satisfy the Cultures and Peoples requirement may be used to satisfy prerequisites and major requirements, but not another general education requirement.  Courses currently approved by the Wofford faculty to fulfill the Cultures and Peoples requirement are listed below:

ANTH 201 - Introduction to Archaeology and Physical Anthropology
ANTH 202 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and Communications
ANTH 225 -  Human Ecology
ANTH 300 -  Ethnography
ANTH 310 - Ethnographic Film
ANTH 311 - Ecological Anthropology
ANTH 312 - Medical Anthropology
ANTH 313 - Cultures of Southeast Asia and Oceania
 ANTH 314 - Prehistory and History of Native American Culture in the Southeast

 ARTH 220 –  Survey of Asian Art History
 ARTH 225 – Islamic Art 
 ARTH 241 – African Art
 ARTH 321 – Art of South Asia
 ARTH 322 – Art of China
 ARTH 323 – Art of Japan
 
 CHIN 304 – Chinese Culture Through Film
 CHIN 306 – Intercultural Communication between East and West
 CHIN 307 – Modern China: 1850 - Present
 CHIN 412 – Chinese Literature

 ECO 336 – Economics of Native Americans
 ECO 441 – Comparative Economic Systems

 ENGL 204 – Survey of World Literature
 ENGL 319 – Native American Literature
 ENGL 320 – African American Literature
 ENGL 324 – Ethnic American Literature
 ENGL 339  – Race, Gender and Empire
 ENGL 340 – African Literature
 ENGL 358 – Literature & Human Rights
 ENGL 359 – World Literature; The Global South
 ENGL 361 – African American Drama

 FREN 306 – The French World: Africa, Europe, and the Americas

 GER 406 – Multiculturalism and Diversity in the German-Speaking World

 GOV 361 – Middle East Politics
 GOV 362 – China:  Politics, Economy, and Foreign Relations
 GOV 363 – African Politics
 GOV 383 – Revolutions and Regime Change

 GSP 301 – Introduction the Gender Studies

 HIST 291 – Modern Middle East
 HIST 292 – Modern East Asia
 HIST 293 – History of the Peoples of Sub-Saharan Africa
 HIST 294 – History of Slavery and Slave Societies
 HIST 296 – Colonial Latin American History
 HIST 297 – Modern Latin American History

 LACS 320 – Americas, Seminar I
 LACS 321 – Americas, Seminar II

 MENA 354 - Middle Eastern and North African Studies: An Area Studies Seminar

 MLLC 223 – Global Perspectives

 PHIL 201 – World Philosophy
 PHIL 331 – African Philosophy
 PHIL 333 – Chinese Philosophy
 PHIL 335 – Buddhist Philosophy

 REL 221 - Introduction to Islam
 REL 240 – Religions of the World
 REL 260 – Introduction to Religion
 REL 261 – Religious Pilgrimage
 REL 263 - Ethnography of Religion in the Middle East and North Africa
 REL 353 - Contemporary Islam
 REL 355 – Islamic Religious Traditions
 REL 357 – Buddhist Religious Traditions
 REL 358 – Hindu Religious Traditions
 REL 362 - Ritualized Space in the Middle East

 SOC 250 – Sex & Gender Across Cultures

 SPAN 305 – The Hispanic World: Spanish America
 SPAN 309 – Building Linguistic and Cultural Competence Through Oral Texts
 SPAN 311 – Leadership & Social Change in the Hispanic World

 THEA 361 – African-American Drama