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Cross Cultural Experience

Thaphe Cross-Cultural Experience requirement is part of the Common Experience section of the King University Core. Students can fulfill this requirement in one of four ways outlined below.  Whichever way you choose to meet this requirement, the experience should meet the criteria outlined in the description below taken from the King University Catalogue:

The cross-cultural experience confronts students' pre-suppositions and helps broaden their awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures. It seeks to prepare them to operate more thoughtfully in a world that is increasingly inter connected. As students encounter other cultures, they may realize ways to interact creatively to meet needs they see and will also realize that new situations transform them.


Local Opportunities

Students may fulfill the requirement by signing up for KING 3000 in the semester in which they plan to complete community service for the cross cultural experience. Students will meet with the Assistant Dean of Student Engagement to choose a service site and complete 30 hours of service at an approved location during the semester in which they have signed up for KING 3000. At the end of their experience, students will produce a product such as a presentation or video that describes their experience.

Working at the Salvation Army, with Big Brothers-Big Sisters Program, supporting a King University International Student, volunteering at Remote Area Medical expeditions, or befriending a child whose parent is in prison are some of the ways King students will be serving others close to campus.

For more information about this option contact Julie McReynolds at 423.652.6310 or jamcreynolds@king.edu.


bowStudy Abroad

King students have a long tradition of participating in study abroad. Often study abroad is planned to enhance students' fluency in a second language, but not always, as trips to English speaking countries in Africa, the Pacific and trips to the U.K. are common as well.

The College has relationships with various schools, programs, and universities, which ensures that students receive transferable credit for their coursework in foreign countries.

Visit Travel Opportunities for more information or contact Karen Shaw at 423.652.4798.


Mission Trips

The University plans several mission trips each year. Short-term trips happen during Spring Break both in the U.S. and abroad. Longer trips to Africa, India, and other destinations are planned by the Chaplain's Office.

Others are planned by coaches and allow athletes to minister to children in other countries through their sports.  For more information about this option to fulfill the cross cultural experience, contact the Chaplains Office at 423.652.4157.


Cross Cultural Petition

You can choose to do something on your own that is not King-sponsored or King pre-approved. The experience must occur between your acceptance to King and your graduation date from King.  You must follow this process for a petition: 

  • Get a petition for cross cultural experience from the Registrar's Office or print it here.
  • Fill out the petition, get your advisor's signature, and take it back tot he Registrar's Office in the King building.
  • The written description of your plan should describe what you are doing and why it should be considered as a cross-cultural experience.  A clear description will help you get your concept approved.
  • After your concept is approved and you complete the experience, write a 500-word essay describing your experience and how it helped you engage an unfamiliar culture in a meaningful way.
  • Approval of the essay is the final step.

For more information about the petition, contact Dr. Katherine Vande Brake at 423.652.4842 or kgvande@king.edu.