The Cultural Events Requirement:
What is a Cultural Event?
What is the Cultural Events Requirement?
· Completing the Cultural
· The Cultural Events
· Background and History of
the Cultural Events Requirement
is a Cultural Event?
a student experiences firsthand the diverse offerings of
and artistic expression found in a community.
Approved cultural events cover a
wide variety of programs both on and off campus.
Events that are selected
chosen from areas such as plays, films, art exhibitions and dance
and musical performances or from lectures of general appeal.
Cultural Events Committee determines what events are accepted for
Cultural Event status.
Each semester a
calendar of approved cultural events, is prepared and posted on the
Over the course of a semester more
cultural events are added to the calendar as they are approved.
is the Cultural Events Requirement?
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
In an effort to provide a
well-rounded education, the Winthrop faculty has approved a cultural
The purpose of the cultural events
requirement is to establish and foster a life-enriching pattern of
A record of student attendance at
cultural events is part of the student’s permanent record and degree
By graduation, each undergraduate student who
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.
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 4.
Completing the Cultural Events Requirement:
Students may fulfill their Cultural Events
requirement through any of the following three methods:
EVENTS: Attend an
approved on-campus events.
The student must be scanned
both in and out of the event
to receive credit.
Cultural Events Calendar
EVENTS: Petition to
receive credit for attendance at an event off- campus event.
The student must complete a Cultural
Events Petition form, attach proof of attendance (ticket stub or
program); provide a one-page typewritten report of the student’s
Events for Off-Campus
OF EVENTS: Present a
portfolio of culturally-related life experiences.
All experiences cited must be post-high school and prior to
matriculation at Winthrop.
This option is designed for the post-traditional student with
an extensive background of cultural experiences.
If you have any questions please contact the
Cultural Events Coordinator in the Office of Records and
Registration (803) 323-4849.
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).
-Students are solely responsible for
completing their cultural events requirements.
-If a student does not complete all of their
required cultural events by graduation they will not receive their
degree, nor be able to participate in the commencement ceremony.
Cultural Events Committee
When a student
petitions for cultural event credit and/or submits a portfolio for
approval, it goes before the Cultural Events Committee.
Cultural Events Committee consists of eight members.
The committee is made up of six
members of the Winthrop faculty, appointed by the office of the
Academic Vice-President & Provost, and two student members, selected
by the Winthrop Council of Student Leaders.
The Cultural Events Coordinator
attends each meeting and serves in an ex-officio capacity. The
responsible for approving on-campus cultural events, determining
whether approved cultural events meet the criteria for global
learning cultural events,
and decides upon student cultural events petitions and portfolios.
committee meets once a month.
Background 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
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
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 & Provost, and then University College.
It is now part of the Office of
Records and Registration, under the Division of Academic Affairs.
This office now serves as the
primary contact for everyone concerning the cultural events
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 may contact
the Cultural Events Coordinator in Office of Records and
Registration (803) 323-4849.
The portfolio petition process, for the
post-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
Beginning in fall
2011, Winthrop University implemented Global Learning Cultural
Events. Winthrop University defines “global” as “local, regional,
national and/or international experiences that may differ from one’s
own culture.” A global learning cultural event is “one
in which the event’s primary or secondary focus meets the global
definition.” All global learning cultural events
clearly designated on the cultural events calendar and the
university events calendar.
Cultural Events Calendar.