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Diversity, Cross-Cultural, and Global Perspectives Requirements

  • Is the Diversity, Cross-Cultural, Global Perspectives (DCCG) requirement comparable to peer institutions and other higher educational settings in the United States?

    Yes. This core requirement addressing issues of diversity, multiculturalism and expanding an intercultural dialogue at Iona College meets a requirement laid out by many accrediting academic organizations (i.e. CATE, Middle States, AACSB, and CSWE) and is widespread across higher educational institutions.
    A recent study found 52 percent of sampled AACU member institutions have a requirement for all students in global and or world cultures and 34 percent in diversity studies. The study was conducted on behalf of AACU and published in 2015.
    For more information articulating these perspectives, visit the website for the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) that include the Intercultural Knowledge and Competence Value Rubric and the Global Learning Value Rubric.
  • How will I know if a course is designated as DCCG and will count to my core requirements?

    Courses will eventually have a special designation in People Soft and the catalogue. Please check with the core director or your advisor.
  • What characteristics does a course need to be accepted in the DCCG section?

    To qualify as the course that is not the foreign language course in the DCCG requirement, the course’s inclusive content and student learning outcomes should embody and assess one or more of these three elements (diversity, cross-cultural, and global perspectives) throughout the semester. Foundational to each course is the integration of intercultural perspectives, potentially transcending traditional teachings in that discipline’s history and development. In doing so, an expanded consciousness and understanding relative to that respective field or discipline is sought for the students, of and for, complex social contexts, identities, communities, and cultural groups.
  • Is the DCCG requirement optional or replaceable with additional courses from other core required areas?

    No. This 6-credit requirement (3 credits in a foreign language + 3 additional credits not in a language) applies to all majors and undergraduate programs in both schools.
  • Are transfer students required to meet this core requirement?

    No – If the student transfers with an associate degree, the student is not required to complete the core curriculum but takes the Columba Cornerstone as a requirement of graduation from Iona College.

    Yes – if the student is transferring without an associate degree. These transfer students complete the core curriculum, including the DCCG requirement. Their transfer credits may be applied to the DCCG area upon evaluation by the appropriate dean’s office.
  • May one of the DCCG courses also fulfill another area of the core?

    Yes, but it does not simultaneously fulfill the same number of credits. A course in Fine and Performing Arts, for example, may be designated as a DCCG course. Such a course could be taken to fulfill 3 credits in the DCCG area but it cannot simultaneously fulfill 3 credits of the Fine and Performing Arts requirements within the Humanities area and vice-versa. 
    On the other hand, if, for example, the course Criminal Justice 360 –Terrorism fulfills the DCCG core requirement and it is in the Violence ICT, the course may count toward both core areas. It fulfills 3 credits of DCCG at the same time as it functions as one of the three integrated courses of the Violence ICT.
  • May a student select any two courses on the list to fulfill this requirement?

    No. There are two required parts:
    • One 3-credit course is required in a foreign language course.
    • A second 3-credit course can either be a culture-focused course offered by the Foreign Language Department or one of the many non-language courses listed from different departments.
  • May two sequential foreign language courses fulfill this requirement?

    No. While students are encouraged to take multiple language courses, only 3 credits in a language course may be applied to the DCCG area. The second three credits must be a course from another department or a culture and/or topic-centered course in a foreign language.
  • How many language course options are available to students?

    Many language courses are available; please see the Foreign Language Department webpage and the College catalogue.