Cultural Events Requirement
of the Requirement
graduation, each undergraduate student
began at Winthrop as a freshman is required to attend three
cultural events for every 20 hours completed at Winthrop
University, not to exceed 18 cultural events.
Transfer students will be
required to attend 3 cultural events for every 20 hours needed to reach
124 hours. For example, a
student bringing in 30 hours of accepted transfer credit would be
required to complete 14 cultural events.
Since 31 hours of
credit is the minimum number of hours that must be earned for a degree
at Winthrop,the minimum Cultural Event requirement is four.
The academic programs
at Winthrop University are designed to help students develop to their
full potential as educated persons. The University offers its
students a setting in which they can mature culturally as well as
intellectually. In an effort to provide a well-rounded education,
the Winthrop faculty has approved a cultural events policy. The
purpose of the cultural events requirement is to establish and foster a
life-enriching pattern of cultural involvement. A record of
student attendance at cultural events is part of the student’s
permanent record and senior audit.
is a Cultural Event?
semester a calendar of events, mostly on-campus events, which have been
approved as fulfilling the cultural events requirement, is prepared.
This calendar will have events added over the course of the
semester. Approved cultural
events cover a wide variety of programs both on and off campus.
Events that are selected will be
areas such as plays, films, art exhibitions and dance and musical
performances or from lectures of general appeal
Selection of those
items which will be approved as cultural events is made by the Cultural
Can the Requirement Be Fulfilled?
may fulfill this requirement through any one of the following three
methods or a combination of these methods:
an approved on-campus events. To receive credit the student must be scanned both in and out of the event.
for credit for attendance at an event off- campus.
This option requires a petition form,
proof of attendance (ticket stub or program), and a one-page
Present a portfolio of culturally-related life
experiences. All experiences cited must be post-high school.
This option is designed for the non-traditional student with
an extensive background of cultural experiences.
Students are encouraged to earn some cultural event
credit through events in which they are not participating.
Students may not earn more than one half of the total required cultural
event credit through a single event (e.g. trip abroad, conference).
are solely responsible for completing their cultural events
requirements. Students who feel that they cannot fulfill the cultural
requirement by graduation, for whatever reason, should discuss their
situation with the Coordinator for Cultural Events (Office
of Records and Registration) who can work with them and advise them on the options available
to them. Students anticipating this situation should contact the
Cultural Events Office as early in their college career as possible so
as to allow maximum opportunities to work on the problem.
Cultural Events Committee
The Cultural Events
Committee consists of eight members plus the Coordinator for Cultural
Events in an ex-officio capacity. The committee is made up of six
members of the Winthrop faculty, appointed by the office of the Academic
Vice-President, and two student members, selected by the Winthrop
Council of Student Leaders. The committee's job is to select
events as approved cultural events and to approve or deny credit for
cultural events petitions and portfolios, making decisions regarding the
number of cultural events credits to be awarded on travel petitions and
on portfolios. The committee meets once a month to consider these
items. If you have concerns contact the Coordinator for Cultural
Events in the Office
of Records and Registration.
and History of the Cultural Events Requirement
The Cultural Events
Requirement was adopted as an academic requirement by the Winthrop
Faculty Conference in 1984 at the suggestion of the president at that
time, Phil Lader. The proposal was adopted because the president
and the faculty felt that exposure to culture was an important part of a
well educated and well rounded individual and that, in general, Winthrop
students did not enter the University with such exposure in their past.
The faculty conference hoped that by instituting this requirement they
would change the students' perceptions of culture, open them up to new
experiences, and provide a pattern for future involvement in such
activities. The original requirement adopted called for a maximum
of 24 events over the course of a student's undergraduate career at
Winthrop. The Cultural Events Committee was established at the
same to time oversee the selection of approved events. All events
selected were arts related and were on-campus events. The number
of approved events each semester was very small, around 25. The
logistics of keeping track of attendance for each event was the
responsibility of the student development office.
Around 1989 the definition of a cultural event was expanded to allow for
the inclusion of lectures, particularly when such lectures involved a
respected and renowned speaker. The petition process was
instituted in 1991 to allow students to gain credit for events
off-campus. During this time period the number of approved
cultural events each semester rose to around 45. In the fall of
1992 a new, part-time position was created, the Coordinator for Cultural
Events, and a Cultural Events Office was established. The
Coordinator and the office took over the responsibility for dealing with
the logistics of the cultural events requirement, monitoring attendance,
making the calendar of events available, coordinating changes, etc.
The Cultural Events Office was initially part of the College of Visual
and Performing Arts but was later shifted to the Office of the
Vice-President for Academic Affairs, and
then University College.
It is now part of the Office of Records and
This office now serves as the primary contact for everyone concerning
the cultural events requirement. Students with questions or
concerns about their attendance records, the calendar, or the
requirement in general; sponsors of events; those submitting petitions
and portfolios; and many other cultural events related items can now
take their concerns to the Office of Records and
The portfolio process, for the non-traditional student, was officially
put in place in 1998. At the same time, after two years of
consideration, the faculty conference reaffirmed their support for the
cultural events requirement but reduced the maximum number of events
required to 18 (from 24).