Students must complete at least one 3 credit hour course in 'AMALI' (that is, cultures and traditions of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America or Indigenous Peoples of the World), which must meet the following criteria: (a) the course focuses primarily upon facets of specific cultures from these regions or these cultures in general (a minimum of 75% of the course content must deal directly with the culture(s) from these regions); (b) exploration of the culture(s) is developed in a comparative perspective which helps the student understand and appreciate differences between culture(s) under consideration and American culture; and (c) the course includes exposure to primary writings and artifacts from the culture(s).
To submit an existing course for consideration as an approved AMALI course, submit a Course Revision Proposal in the Curriculum Forms System. For a new course, the AMALI review should be requested at the same time the New Course Proposal is submitted. For both proposal forms, be sure to check "Yes" to the question on the proposal form regarding the AMALI graduation requirement and include a rationale in the comments section on how the course meets the AMALI criteria. AMALI course requests will be reviewed by an AMALI panel of experts who will review and grant/deny the AMALI designation.
AMALI designated courses should be designed to facilitate the students’ ability to accomplish the following learning outcomes:
In Fall 2021 the Academic Senate approved a new graduation requirement starting fall 2023 for all incoming first time in college students. Each student must complete at least one 3 credit hour course in “IDEAS.” These are courses designed to recognize the benefits and challenges of living in a diverse society and to address the influence of power among social groups within the United States.
IDEAS designated courses may count both towards this graduation requirement and general education requirements; however, IDEAS courses cannot count towards both the IDEAS graduation requirement and the AMALI graduation requirement.
Students can satisfy the IDEAS graduation requirement in three ways:
Courses with an IDEAS designation should address some significant aspects of U.S. society as their central focus. A minimum of 75% of the course content must deal directly with topics that will meet the learning outcomes.
IDEAS designated courses should be designed to facilitate the students’ ability to accomplish the following learning objectives:
Course submissions should list and describe which of the IDEAS learning outcomes are addressed in the course. Not all learning outcomes must be addressed. Sample learning outcomes descriptions can be found on the Sample Alignment Table.