General Education

Explore the World Cultures Theme

World Cultures is one of the five themes around which HPU's general education curriculum is organized.  These courses concern the study and analysis of various cultures, including their historical development, institutions, values, art, and religion. An important goal is to have students experience other cultures and to use what they learn about others’ experiences to reflect critically on their own ways of understanding the world. Courses in this theme also explore the roles of gender, power, race, class, and religion in cultural systems. Courses may focus on individual cultures or regions or make cross-cultural comparisons.

Students take three courses in the World Cultures theme as part of the General Education Common Core, one from Cultures,Themes and Movements, one from Engaging with Difference and one from  Other World Cultures Courses. Students also complete an Upper-Division Citizenship requirement. Several of the Global Citizenship options for that requirement also emphasize the World Cultures theme. Use the links under "Detailed Course Descriptions" for an in-depth discussion of each category and the applicable courses.

World Cultures A:  Cultures, Themes, and Movements

These courses center on the historical development of cultures and the significance of important movements of themes which have shaped those cultures. 

Choose one option:

ARTH 2000

The Art of Asia (introductory humanities course prerequisite; Art, Aesthetics and Creativity course)

ARTH 2100

Tribal Arts(introductory humanities course prerequisite; Art, Aesthetics and Creativity course)

ARTH 2200    

Foundations of Western Art (introductory humanities course prerequisite; Art, Aesthetics and Creativity course)

ENG 2101

Representations of Pacific Life (Com. Skills A prerequisite)

GEOG 1500

World Regional Geography

HIST 2001

History of World Cultures to 1500 (Com. Skills A prerequisite)

JADM 2000

Laws and Courts in World Cultures

MATH 2007

Math Across the Ages (MATH 1130 or higher, prerequisite)

REL 1000

Introduction to World Religions Counts here beginning Fall 2011


World Cultures  B: Engaging with Difference

In these courses students explore and analyze various manifestations of cultures, look at the roles played by such factors as gender, race, class and ethnicity, and develop skills that will enable them to assess and engage with cultural difference in a compassionate and systematic fashion and use other people’s experiences as a way to reflect critically on their own ways of understanding the world. 

Choose one option:

AL 1000

Language Awareness

ANTH 2000

Cultural Anthropology

BR 1020

(Bridge Program) Cultural Studies

COM 2300

Culture and Communication (Com. Skills A prerequisite)

HIST 2402

American History since 1865 (Com. Skills A prerequisite)

HUM 1270

Introduction to Women’s Studies

MUS 2101

Music In World Culture (Res. & Epist. A prerequisite; Art, Aesthetics and Creativity course)

REL 1000

Introduction to World Religions  

REL 2001

Search for Meaning (Com. Skills A prerequisite)

SOC 1000

Introduction to Sociology

STSS 2601

War and Civilization (Com. Skills A prerequisite)


 World Cultures C: Other World Cultures Courses

This category allows for a variety of approaches to the theme of World Cultures and includes courses in Art, Music, Literature, History, and Geography.  Many of the courses in this category satisfy the Art, Aesthetics and Creativity Cross-theme. 

Choose one option:        

AL 2000

Introduction to Linguistics (Com. Skills A pre-requisite)

ARTS 1000

Introduction to the Visual Arts (Art, Aesthetics and Creativity course)

ARTS 2150

Introduction to Design (Art, Aesthetics and Creativity course)

BIOL 2170

Ethnobotany: Plants & People

ENG 2510

World Literature I (Com. Skills A prerequisite; Art, Aesthetics and Creativity course)

ENG 2520

World Literature II (Com. Skills A prerequisite; Art, Aesthetics and Creativity course)

GEOG 2500

Maps and Civilization (Com. Skills A prerequisite; Art, Aesthetics and Creativity course)

HIST 2113

Modern Europe (Com. Skills A pre-requisite)

HIST  2401

American History to 1877 (Com. Skills A prerequisite)

MUS 1000

Intro. to Western Classical Music (Art, Aesthetics and Creativity course)

REL 2151

Hebrew Bible as Literature (Com. Skills A prerequisite)

THEA 2320 

 Basic Acting for Stage and Screen (Art, Aesthetics and Creativity course)