Non-Western Civilization

This component of general education is designed to encourage students to look outside the predominant Western attitudes that have shaped American views of the world and introduce them to the important characteristics of at least one civilization in addition to that of the West. A course satisfying this component must emphasize a civilization (or civilizations) that has/have been significantly influenced by historical and/or cultural forces outside those generated by Western Europe and must present a coherent analysis of at least three of the major dimensions of the civilizations(s) under study: arts, economics, intellectual activities, politics, religion, social organization, and technology.  Outcomes include:

  • understand the civilization(s) within a significant historical context, but also with an understanding of its(their) impact on the contemporary world
  • identify multiple dimensions of the civilization(s) under study
  • identify significant modes of thought and values unique to the civilization(s) under study
  • distinguish the Non-Western civilization(s) from Western civilization
  • analyze and interpret historical significance and change
  • practice methods of integrating various dimensions of civilization
  • demonstrate a shared, non-technical vocabulary that enables educated people to communicate with one another