|University Undergraduate Advising Handbook|
UNITED STATES CULTURES AND
INTERNATIONAL CULTURES REQUIREMENT
(University Faculty Senate Guide to Curricular Procedures)
Baccalaureate degree candidates must complete a 3-credit course designated as United States Cultures (US) and a 3-credit course designated as International Cultures (IL) and/or a course that meets both the United States and International Cultures (US/IL) requirement. Since 6 credits are required, a single 3-credit course may not fulfill both requirements. Associate degree candidates must complete a 3-credit course designated as US, IL, or US/IL. Students may still satisfy these requirements through experiential learning. A student may petition for other forms of credit acquisition to satisfy the United States Cultures or International Cultures requirements through the appropriate dean's office.
A student's degree audit monitors his/her completion of this requirement. (See section 14 of this sample degree audit.)
Fulfilling Multiple Requirements
United States Cultures (US) courses will include two or more of the following characteristics:
International Cultures (IL) courses will include two or more of the following characteristics:
The codes used to designate approved United States Cultures and/or International Cultures courses are US, IL, or US;IL. These codes are listed parenthetically next to the course number: e.g., AAA S 145 (GH;US;IL).
A list of US, IL, and US;IL courses is on the Web (with a General Education code when appropriate). Some sections of courses are approved as US and/or IL on a semester basis and will be listed with the appropriate designations in the Schedule of Courses.
In the Schedule of Courses, the US, IL, and US;IL course designations are provided in course listings and descriptions. In addition, U.S. Cultures Courses and International Cultures Courses offered in a particular semester can be found by using Additional Search Criteria. For authorized advisers, ISIS screen ARUCU designates courses as US, IL, or USI (for courses approved as both) in the "DIVERSITY" field.
Honors and Writing-Intensive US and/or IL Combinations
Typically honors courses (H) that are US and/or IL have the suffix U; writing-intensive courses (W) that are US and/or IL have the suffix Y. The suffix will appear next to the course number in General Education in the Curriculum and the Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin (in course descriptions and in listings of major requirements). A different suffix may be used in the Schedule of Courses to indicate that the combination of US, IL, H, and W designations has been modified for a specific course or section of a course in a given semester or at a particular campus. A degree audit will indicate which requirement(s) a student has fulfilled by taking a particular course.
FULFILLING MULTIPLE REQUIREMENTS
Completion of any course that meets the United States Cultures and International Cultures requirement may also fulfill other requirements in a student's degree program, e.g., major, minor, elective, and/or General Education. Credits are counted only once. Completion of a student's US or IL requirement cannot also satisfy his/her Other Cultures requirement for the bachelor of arts degree.
The University may make changes in policies,
procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. Please
consult a Penn State academic adviser for more detailed information.
This page is part of the University Undergraduate Advising Handbook, which is maintained by the Division of Undergraduate Studies, DUS@psu.edu.
Last Update: May 2012