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Learning Objectives & Outcomes

All ACM colleges are grounded in the liberal arts tradition, and this educational commitment extends to ACM off-campus study programs. By participating in one of these programs, you’ll benefit from studying in a new location that combines experiential, place-based learning with academic purpose similar to your home campus as you pursue the program's learning goals.

In each program you’ll enjoy small class sizes, allowing you to work closely with faculty and other students. You’ll also live in housing and participate in activities that provide everyday opportunities to connect course-based learning with the local community and culture.

You’ll find that the learning objectives and outcomes of each ACM program reflect these liberal arts educational values.

The India: Culture, Traditions, & Globalization program is designed to provide you with a broad and immersive introduction to the cultures of globalizing India and the importance of its multiple traditions.

Program learning objectives:

  • Develop a broad understanding of Indian society and intercultural literacy through cultural immersion.
  • Deepen your knowledge of Indian development, environmental, and cultural issues through coursework, local engagement, and independent projects.
  • Develop a working knowledge of Marathi language sufficient for you to communicate in everyday situations and to understand the place of Maharashtra in Indian history and culture.

When you complete the program, you should be able to identify and analyze a number of complex issues facing India in the context of globalization; explain in depth one aspect of the society, based on your semester-long independent study project; demonstrate enough fluency in Marathi to converse with your host family and to handle everyday situations; show a basic understanding of the history and culture of Maharashtra; and apply your deepening intercultural literacy to living and learning in Pune.