Advising Information
for TCC students
on FSU Multi-Cultural courses

from James Carr
Office: SM 290
Phone: 201-8971

Office hours   can be found here   along with E-mail addresses
Last updated: 14 May 2009

Please click here and read some important suggestions and warnings.

Florida State has some additional requirements that could also affect you.


Multicultural / Diversity Courses

Florida State University requires that every one of its graduates take some courses that explore other cultures and diversity within our culture. Students who start at FSU or transfer to FSU without an AA degree must take one of each type. Students who transfer to FSU with an AA degree only need to take one course and can choose which type of course it is. You can take courses at TCC that meet this requirement; a list of them is in the table below.

Cross Cultural (X) Diversity in Western Culture (Y)
REL2300 * Introduction to World Religion HUM2525 * The American Music Tradition: Jazz
LIT2100 * Masterpieces of World Literature AML2600 * Introduction to African American Literature
MUH2120 * Music of the World ARH2500 * Non-Western Art History
ANT2211 * Peoples of the World SOP2740 * Psychology of Women
ANT2410 * Introduction to Cultural Anthropology SYG2010 * Contemporary Social Problems
ANT2511 * Introduction to Physical Anthropology SYG2230 * Race and Minority Group Relations
GEA2000 * World Regional Geography AMH2091 + African-American History
GEO1400 * Introduction to Human Geography IDS2900 + Change in Multi-Cultural Society
    LIT2380 + Women in Literature
    EDG2701 ?? Teaching Diverse Populations (check)

  * Satisfies a humanities general education requirement (3000 words of writing).
  * Satisfies a social science general education requirement (1000 words of writing).
  + Does not satisfy any TCC general education requirement (only counts as an elective).

You can see that many of these courses can be used to meet a general education requirement at TCC, so you can satisfy this FSU requirement without taking any extra classes if you make this part of your plan from the start of your program at TCC.



You should start your decision process by looking over the courses listed above to see which ones interest you. Many students would take one of these classes simply because they are curious about other religions, other cultures, or social issues that affect all of us in the US, or want to learn more about jazz music. You should not, however, look at these classes in isolation because your major might require a specific one.

Social Science:

You are only required to take one course in the social sciences, although some majors require that you take quite a few of them. There are eight courses in the list above (indicated with a course number in black) that could be used to meet the TCC social science requirement and the FSU multicultural/diversity requirement.

If you do take one of these 8 social science courses, you should be careful how you meet the political science (instruction in the U.S. Constitution) requirement. Many students are advised to take POS1041 or POS1112 as a way to meet both the social science general education requirement and the government requirement, but there is a cheaper alternative if you are meeting the social science requirement another way. POS1601 is a one credit class that meets the constitutional study requirement and is offered in a number of different formats (including credit-by-exam). Always check if your major requires a regular 3-credit political science class before taking this option.


You must be very careful if you choose to take one of the three classes in the humanities to meet the diversity requirement. You cannot count HUM2271 or HUM2273 along with one of these; you must pair it with a course that gives balance to your study of the humanities. You must pair up a course from one group with a course from a different group. The official names of these groups are (A) Art History, (B) Literature, (C) Music, and (D) Philosophy and Religion.

Group A     Group B     Group C     Group D
ARH2500 *     AML2600 *     MUH2011     PHI2010
ARH2050     AML2301     HUM2525 *     PHI2100
ARH2051     ENL2000     HUM2529     PHI2600
      LIT2100 *     MUH2120 *     REL2200
      THE2100           REL2300 *

Be sure you have identified a second humanities course that you want to take and can pair up with the multicultural course. For example, you could take the course on American Jazz (group C, music) along with a theater, philosophy, religion, literature (including African American Literature), or art history class, but you cannot pair it with another music course. Similarly, you can pair the World Religion course (group D) with a music or literature course but not with a philosophy course.

Important change effective Fall 2007:
All of the "Gordon Rule" writing requirement will be met within your two english classes and your two humanities classes. The writing required in each humanities class will increase substantially, from 3500 words to roughly 6000 words.



Talk to friends in your classes about some of these course options, but do not just accept a "liked" or "didn't like" comment. Find out why. One person may be allergic to the peanuts that another person loves. Was it the instructor or the course content? Was it the work load (writing a single paper at the end of the semester, which is hard for procrastinators), the exams, the topics covered, required attendance, oral presentations in front of class, or the teaching style used by the instructor?

I ask my students (mostly future engineers, scientists, or computer scientists) about their experiences. A few random comments follow:   ...


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