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University Studies Program

Cultural Context (C, CH, CS, CA)


Disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses emphasizing various aspects of the study of culture and the recognition of the complex traditions and practices of a diverse democracy.


All baccalaureate students should engage the dispositions, traditions, and bodies of knowledge of the humanities (CH), social and behavioral sciences (CS), and fine arts (CA). Through these disciplines and interdisciplinary fields, students gain the ability to deal with complex issues, trace cultural traditions, recognize the viewpoints of others, function effectively in multicultural communities, recognize the responsibility to participate in democratic society, and communicate clearly in a civic environment.


Students may meet the USP requirement by one three-credit course from each of the three categories:  humanities (CH), social and behavioral sciences (CS), and the fine arts (CA).  Embedded written communication, global awareness, and U.S. diversity requirements may be satisfied by any of these courses if they meet the criteria as specified by all appropriate categories.  Students may also satisfy the USP requirement by taking an integrated course (C) course as they become available in the UW curriculum, as well as two out of three of the CH, CS, and CA categories.  It is envisioned that these integrated courses will emphasize an integrated, interdisciplinary approach spanning across traditional categories of the cultural context disciplines, and may also satisfy one or more embedded requirements.

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