Cultural credit is by far one of the most interesting concepts that I heard of when I first got to Stetson University. Who would have thought that at a university would make it mandatory to go to events to make their students more cultured and aware of what is going on in the world? With this being said, this is why I believe cultural credit matters now more than any other time before.
Being cultured is something that means a lot in this day and age. Perspective and experience two of the biggest things that you can gain when pursuing a higher education. I love that Stetson University forces undergraduates to increase their experiences and expand their perspectives. They do this by providing students with a wide variety of events and guests lectures they can attend.
As someone who has only lived for 22 years, I can tell you that perspective is great in college. The world that we live in is changing rapidly, and for college students to understand what is going on they have to get perspective. Problems will get fixed whenever we as a nation recognize this solution. The future of the world lies in the hands of the "problem fixers" a.k.a. the college students. Stetson is preparing their student for just these issues.
A lot of people probably have never heard of cultural credit. ( I know I certainly hadn't before coming to Stetson) When I first got here, I had heard a lot of undergraduate students talking about having to get cultural credit and wondered just what it was exactly. Students are required to have 23 cultural credits to graduate from the university. This concept may make some people laugh, but it definitely is enforced. The university strives for perfection, and wants all of it's students to get a better understanding of the world around them.
As I stated before, this concept is a great one to enforce. In the world that we live in today, problem solvers are in much greater demand than they were 10 to 20 years ago. There is a lot more diversity, a need for social justice, and salience on minority issues--Stetson not only wants its students to keep up, but also to be able to solve problems in the real world. Our future relies on those problem solvers, and with a world that in disarray, producing these extraordinary people is a top priority. Stetson University is making the right strides in the right direction. I fully support this notion, and honestly wish that it had been enforced at my undergraduate institution. Press on, Stetson!