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[MATH 103] Cultural Approaches to Mathematics

What we think of as “mathematical” ideas may be viewed by other cultures within the contexts of art, navigation, religion, record-keeping, games, or kin relationships. This course treats mathematical ideas investigated by cultures such as North and South American Indians, Africans, and various peoples of the Pacific Islands, and analyzes them through Western mathematics, developed in Europe, the Middle East, and India. The course helps the student understand what mathematics is, both to Western culture and to other cultures, and how cultural factors influenced the development of modern mathematics.

Course Title

Cultural Approaches to Mathematics

Course Code

MATH 103



Fulfills Domain/Capstone Requirements



Offered once per year.


Also listed as Interdisciplinary Studies 103.

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