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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cultural Competency Courses

Colorado Mountain College (CMC) requires students in most of the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of General Studies, Bachelors of Arts, and Bachelors of Science degree programs to complete one course designated as a “cultural competency course”. The intention of this requirement is to emphasize the development of critical thinking, analytical skills,and intercultural communication necessary for living in a diverse society. By satisfying this requirement, students will study race, class, gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexuality, nationality, and religion in the context of power, privilege, and marginalization. Equity and inclusion are pillars of the college and it is expected that all CMC students recognize and understand multiple cultural frameworks, values, and norms.

One of the most important elements in the language of cultural competency, along with power and privilege, is the idea of marginalization. Marginalization is often understood as both a current condition and a dynamic process. As a condition, it excludes individuals or groups from participating fully in society. As a multidimensional and dynamic process, it channels the social relations and organizational barriers that block the attainment of livelihoods, human development and equal citizenship. Essentially, marginalization describes both a process and a condition that prevents individuals or groups from full participation in social, economic and political life-including education, private property, economic opportunity, social safety nets, infrastructure, language, protection from violence, food security, health and sanitation. It derives from exclusionary relationships based on power.  Further, to be marginalized is to have a sense that one does not belong and, in so doing, to feel that one is neither a valued member of a community and able to make a valuable contribution within that community nor able to access the range of services and/or opportunities open to others.

The following courses have been approved to fulfill the Cultural Competency Requirement for the applicable degrees. Eligible courses are either generally transferable (✽) or are included in the Colorado Guaranteed Transfer (◆) pathways program.

Cultural Competency Courses

◆ ANT 1001 - Cultural Anthropology (GT-SS3) 3.0 credits  
◆ ANT 2115 - Native Peoples of North America (GT-SS3) 3.0 credits  
✽ ANT 2130 - Sex, Gender, and Culture 3.0 credits  
◆ COM 2300 - Intercultural Communication (GT-SS3) 3.0 credits  
✽ EDU 2341 - Multicultural Education 3.0 credits  
◆ ETH 2000 - Introduction to Ethnic Studies (GT-SS3) 3.0 credits  
◆ GEO 1005 - World Regional Geography (GT-SS2) 3.0 credits  
◆ GEO 1006 - Human Geography (GT-SS2) 3.0 credits  
◆ HIS 2105 - Women in U.S. History (GT-HI1) 3.0 credits  
◆ HIS 2200 - History of Latin America (GT-HI1) 3.0 credits  
◆ HIS 2110 - African American History (GT-HI1) 3.0 credits  
✽ HUM 2011 - Cultural Diversity in the Humanities 3.0 credits 
◆ LIT 2005 - Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in US Literature (GT-AH2) 3.0 credits   
◆ LIT 2046 - Literature of Women (GT-AH2) 3.0 credits  
◆ LIT 2058 - Latinx Literature (GT-AH2) 3.0 credits  
◆ LIT 2059 - Survey of African American Literature (GT-AH2) 3.0 credits  
◆ SOC 1001 - Introduction to Sociology I (GT-SS3) 3.0 credits  
◆ SOC 1002 - Introduction to Sociology II (GT-SS3) 3.0 credits  
◆ SOC 2007 - Environmental Sociology (GT-SS3) 3.0 credits  
◆ SOC 2015 - Contemporary Social Problems (GT-SS3) 3.0 credits  
◆ SOC 2016 - Sociology of Gender (GT-SS3) 3.0 credits  
◆ SOC 2018 - Sociology of Diversity (GT-SS3) 3.0 credits  
◆ SOC 2020 - Sociology of Religion (GT-SS3) 3.0 credits 
✽ SPA 1011 - Spanish Language I 5.0 credits  
✽ SPA 1012 - Spanish Language II 5.0 credits   
◆ SPA 2011 - Spanish Language III (GT-AH4) 3.0 credits  
◆ SPA 2012 - Spanish Language IV (GT-AH4) 3.0 credits  
   SUS 3310 - Cultural & Place-Based Equity 3.0 credits  
◆ WST 2000 - Introduction to Women’s Studies (GT-SS3) 3.0 credits  


Note: the Outdoor Education (AA) program has a condensed list of Cultural Competency courses from which to choose.