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Flag Criteria

To successfully complete your Flag petition, you must demonstrate that the course meets the Flag criteria. See below for more information about the criteria and interpretation.

Cultural Diversity in the United States
At least one-third of the course grade must be based on content dealing with the culture, perspectives, and history of one or more underrepresented cultural groups in the United States.

Ethics & Leadership
At least one-third of the course grade must be based on work in practical ethics, i.e., the study of what is involved in making real-life ethical choices.

Global Cultures
At least one-third of the course grade must be based on content dealing with in-depth examination of the broader cultural context and perspectives of one or more non-U.S. communities, countries, or coherent regional groupings of countries, past or present.

Independent Inquiry
At least one-third of the course grade must be based on the students’ independent investigation and presentation of their own work. The presentation of their work can take place in many venues including presentations in a capstone course, a performance, independent research, or a thesis.

Quantitative Reasoning
At least one-half of the course grade must be based on the use of high level quantitative skills (e.g., data analysis and modeling, simulation, statistics, probability, and quantitative decision analysis) to analyze real-world problems.

Writing

  • Students must write regularly (several times during the semester) and complete writing projects that are substantial
  • Students must receive feedback from the instructor to help them improve their writing, and be given an opportunity to revise at least one assignment
  • Students’ writing must make up at least one-third of the course grade.

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