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Cross Cultural Studies

Fascinated by cultures the world over? Always wanted to dig a little deeper into how things work outside your home country? A minor in Cross Cultural studies is your chance to scratch those itches.

Degree Types
Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements
Language Options
French, Spanish, Arabic, ASL & more

Distinctive Courses

REL 2222 - Introduction to Hindu Religions

An introduction to the variety of religious practices and teachings that go by the name “Hindu,” both in the U.S. and abroad. The course includes topics such as Hindu deities (e.g., Ganesa, Krsna, Siva, and The Goddess in her many forms), people worshiped as divine both earlier and today, festivals, pilgrimages, temples, various teachings such as dualistic and nondualistic philosophies, and Hindu communities in the United States. The course includes visits to Hindu institutions in the surrounding area. No prior knowledge of or acquaintance with Hindu religions is required.

AHY 3305 - Sacred Architecture

An historical and systematic examination of both formal and symbolic aspects of structures built for religious purposes, along with their associated religious activities.  Overlapping cultural and symbolic meanings will be studied, with in depth readings of associated religious texts.

HIS 3331 - Gender and the Family in China

Examination of the changing constructions of gender and the shifting configurations of the family, from imperial times to the present. Primary sources (in translation) and secondary literature together convey how changing notions of kinship, property, ritual, space, and the body have informed notions of gender in China, from the traditional courtyard house to the modern high-rise apartment.

Program Requirements

The McDaniel Commitment in Action

The McDaniel Commitment—a series of opportunities guaranteed to all students—provides enhanced mentoring and coaching, and ensures every undergraduate student completes at least two meaningful experiential learning opportunities.