Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU), an 86 year old Catholic women’s
college in Los Angeles, proposes a faculty development project that will
establish a model for both: a) integrating international cultures into
our undergraduate and graduate curricula, and b) strengthening the
connection to the humanities in our professional schools of nursing,
physical therapy, education and business.
With the world’s second largest economy and a rapidly growing
influence on global politics and culture, China is one of the most
important international cultures to understand for the 21st century.
However, it is largely unknown to MSMU undergraduates – many of whom are
Latina, first-generation college students from low-income family
backgrounds who have not had the opportunity to travel outside of
Southern California. To bridge this gap, a cohort of eight faculty
members (four from the humanities and four from the professions) will
immerse themselves in the study of women in China, with an emphasis on
changing gender roles over time from ancient China through the 21st
The two-year, intensive learning experience for faculty includes the following key phases:
As a result of this project, we will: 1) Modify or create 15 courses
across three degree levels and eight majors; 2) Develop our Cultural
Studies minor into a major; 3) Deepen our relationship with China’s
Nanjing University for ongoing student/faculty dialogue and the
development of shared coursework; and 4) Expand MSMU’s Center for
Cultural Fluency as a forum for ongoing dialogue and sharing among
faculty — particularly between those in the humanities and those in the
professions — by creating a “China Resource Network” under its auspices.
Ultimately, we see this project as a model that can bring greater
depth to our teaching of international cultures, and intend to adapt and
apply this approach to other parts of the world in the future.
Photos were taken by Alan Lee, Julie Feldman-Abe, David Leese, and Montserrat Reguant.
12001 Chalon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049
10 Chester Place
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Copyright © -
Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles • All rights reserved