CCE Requirements – New Students Fall 2020
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.
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 a developed competency to effectively serve Christ in a global society.
Beginning in Fall 2020, all entering traditional undergraduate students seeking an Asbury University Bachelor’s degree will be required to satisfy the Cross-Cultural Engagement CCE150 course (1.0 credits) and the Cultural Immersion Experience CCE150EX (0.5 credits). (Students enrolled prior to Fall 2020 complete the CCE requirements under the previous bulletin.) These requirements must be completed before a student will be approved for graduation.
Students with more than 60 transferred credits at the time of matriculation (not counting AP and college credits earned prior to high school graduation) may be considered to waive CCE150EX, the immersion experience, but are required to take CCE 150, Cross-Cultural Engagement & Responsibility.
International students or those who have lived extensively outside of the U.S. and Canada may not have to travel to complete their CCE 150EX requirement, but they must satisfy the CCE 150EX paperwork and academic requirements. They must also complete the CCE 150 course and are encouraged to enroll within their first year at AU.
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 and of sufficient length and intensity to have an adequate impact upon the worldview of the participant.
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.
▾ I have already traveled abroad prior to enrolling at Asbury. Can that satisfy my Cross-Cultural Engagement requirement?
To ensure a student has reached the maturity level and received adequate preparation to experience a cultural immersion to the fullest extent, travel experience prior to Asbury enrollment will not be accepted.
This course is intended to prepare students to understand their own ethnicity and cultural background, as well as equip students to engage diverse cultures through their Cultural Immersion Experience. Therefore, students should enroll in the course before participating in their travel experience.
For more information, contact Shannon Montgomery, Cross-Cultural Engagement Coordinator.