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Experience Level Descriptions


Levels, in the NNU Cross Cultural Requirement, correspond roughly to the degree of intercultural immersion.  Thus a Level 1 course which requires five hours of interaction with individuals of another culture indicates a much less intense and immersive experience than a Level 4 Semester Abroad.

Given that the Levels also correspond with the point value of each experience, and that 4 points are required for graduation, one can understand the combinations of experiences required to fulfill the General Education requirement. i.e., 1 level 4 experience or two Level 2 experiences will complete the requirement.
  


Level 4 Experience

  1. Completion of CLST1004CC Intercultural Lab (no credit) prior to participating in a cross-cultural experience, and
  2. Approved overseas semester (no language requirement), or
  3. Approved Travel (e.g., 2 week mission trip to non-English speaking country), and
  4. 10-page paper about the cross-cultural experience including observations, development of knowledge, attitudes, and cross-cultural skills and analysis of basic values.

If you lived outside the US in a non-English speaking country for at least a year after the age of 7, then you are not required to take a trip or a cross culturally approved course that includes "contact time" but you are required to complete CLST1001CC. Intercultural Lab (no credit) and write a reflective paper on your experience with other cultures.

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Level 3 Experience

  1. Completion of CLST1003CC Intercultural Lab (no credit) prior to participating in a cross-cultural experience, and
  2. Approved Travel (e.g., mission trip to non-English speaking country ), between 7 and 10 days, and
  3. 7-page paper about the cross-cultural experience including observations, development of knowledge, attitudes, and cross-cultural skills and analysis of basic values.

Level 2 Experience

  1. Completion of CLST1002CC Intercultural Lab (no credit) prior to participating in a cross-cultural experience, and
  2. Approved travel (non-US/Canada) between 7 and 13 days, or
  3. Approved US/Canada cross-cultural experience, or
  4. Second semester Modern Language Course, or
  5. Courses for Credit with additional 10-15 hours of contact, and
  6. 5-page paper about the cross-cultural experience including observations, development of knowledge, attitudes, and cross-cultural skills and analysis of basic values.

Level 1 Experience

  1. Completion of CLST1001CC Intercultural Lab (no credit) prior to 10 hours of approved cross-cultural contact experiences, (may be repeated 3 times), or 
  2. Courses for Credit with 5-10 contact hours or 
  3. First semester modern language course, and
  4. 5-page paper about the cross-cultural experience including observations, development of knowledge, attitudes, and cross-cultural skills and analysis of basic values.