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Cultural Competency Knowledge

Step 1 - Cultural CompetencY: Knowledge

This badge represents an acquired knowledge of cultural differences/similarities between (some) racial and ethnic groups that requires successful course completion, extracurricular activities and written reflection focused on enhanced knowledge, and experiential and/or service learning to enhance cultural competence.

Any questions and all submitted work should be emailed to, Department of Sociology and Anthropology.


1. Successfully complete with a grade of B or higher one of the following courses:

  • Africana Studies 220: Introduction to Africana Studies
  • Dance 251
  • World Dance 252
  • African Dance English 154/254: African American Literature
  • Foreign Literature 238: African Women Writers
  • History 220: The Holocaust
  • Music 114. Music and the Immigrant Experience
  • Music 115. Introduction to History of Jazz
  • Music 116. Music in World Cultures
  • Native American Studies 200: Native American Studies
  • Philosophy 313: Philosophy of Race
  • Sociology 207: Social Problems in Contemporary America
  • Sociology 225: Social Inequality and the Media
  • Sociology 235: Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Sociology 293A: How to be Antiracist (1 credit)
  • Theater 170. World Theatre and Drama
  • Women and Gender Studies 170; Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
  • Women’s and Gender Studies 215: African Women Writers

To request approval for a course not listed email, Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

2. Attend at least two experiences on-campus events (NOTE: participation requires attention to the event/speaker/panel/group without disruption).

For each experience, a 2-page double-spaced reflection must be submitted within one week of event. A rubric will be provided.

Examples include: Books Clubs, Concert and Lecture, Film Screenings and Discussions, Keynote Lectures, Plays-Productions, and Round Table Discussions.

Questions about approved events can be submitted to, Department of Sociology and Anthropology at least 48-hours prior to the event.

3. Participate in at least one experiential/service learning/engagement activity (minimum of 8 combined hours).

For this experience, a 4-page double-spaced reflection is required. A rubric will be provided.

Examples include: Multicultural Days of Service, MLK Day of Service, Study Abroad, and pertinent Service/Volunteer opportunities listed on WVU iServe.

Propose all activities to, Department of Sociology and Anthropology at least one-week prior to the experience.