What is the Cross-Cultural Engagement (CCE)?
The Cross-Cultural Engagement (CCE) course and experience strengthen students’ abilities to interact with the world community, to expand their worldview, and to increase their cultural sensitivity with the ultimate goals of a broadened awareness as to how they might fit into God’s plan of redemption in other cultures and develop competency to effectively serve Christ in a global society.
Why is the Cross-Cultural Engagement so important?
Asbury University believes our students should be enriched by their encounters with other cultures through instruction and full immersion experiences. It is our hope to equip our students to engage other cultures and communities and advance the cause of Christ around the world. We desire to train our students to embrace global responsibility since we are not isolated people but part of a global community that is ever-changing and ever-growing.
What is a Cultural Immersion Experience?
Asbury’s Cultural Immersion Experience is an immersion into another culture, engaging the student in a variety of life-spheres (family, education, religion, art, media, economics, and government). Most experiences will expose the student to cultural dynamics outside of the United States. The experience must be pre-approved by the CCE department and must be of sufficient length and intensity to have an adequate impact upon the worldview of the participant.
Must I travel internationally for my Cultural Immersion Experience?
Most experiences will expose the student to cultural dynamics outside of the United States. This experience may be fulfilled through semester/summer-long study abroad programs, travel courses, mission or volunteer trips, athletic-sponsored service trips, or personal international explorations. Stateside experiences may be approved on a case-by-case basis.
Who Must Complete a CCE?
ALL entering full-time traditional undergraduate students seeking an Asbury University Bachelor’s degree will be required to satisfy a Cross-Cultural Engagement. These requirements must be completed before a student will be approved for graduation.
International and Third Culture Students
- International students and those who have lived extensively outside of the U.S. during their high school years may use their immersion into U.S. culture as their Cultural Immersion Experience. They are still expected to complete all other CCE-related requirements, including the post-immersion assignments.
- International and third culture students are encouraged to complete their CCE requirement within their first year of enrollment at Asbury.
- Students with 60 or more transferred credits at the time of matriculation (not including AP and college credits earned prior to high school graduation) may receive a waiver of the Cultural Immersion (CCE073 or CCE150EX).
- Transfer students enrolled as of Fall 2020 must still complete the CCE150 course.
- Students enrolled prior to Fall 2020: These students may use a previous travel experience (trips taken no earlier than the summer before their senior year of high school) for their Cultural Immersion. They must complete their CCE073 within their first year at Asbury.
- Students enrolled beginning Fall 2020: To ensure a student has reached the maturity level and received adequate preparation to experience a cultural immersion to the fullest extent, any travel experiences prior to Asbury enrollment will not be accepted.
Students with extenuating circumstances that make it difficult for to complete a Cultural Immersion Experience should meet with CCE staff to discuss accommodation options.
CCE073 or CCE150?
The Cross-Cultural Engagement requirement is currently in transition. The specific components of a student’s CCE will depend on the initial enrollment term:
- Enrolled prior to Fall 2020 – Complete the CCE073 Cultural Immersion Experience. The CCE073 Orientation Session (90 minutes) must be completed prior to the Cultural Immersion.
- Enrolled beginning Fall 2020 – Complete the CCE150 Cultural Engagement and Responsibility course (1 credit hour) and the CCE150EX Cultural Immersion Experience (0.5 credit hour). The CCE150 course must be completed prior to the Cultural Immersion.