Upon successful completion of this course, students will demonstrate through written and oral communication an understanding of the connections between work and identity in a global context. Students will learn to use the literature of meaningful work as a bridge to cultural identity. To develop a global understanding of work-related issues, students will move from a narrow, local framework emphasizing WV industries to a national and global context, including, but not limited to Chinese and Sub-Saharan African literature. Since students should be able to explore the impact of diversity on their career choices, the course will build community and bridge cultures by using labor as the connective tissue. This course will meet Pierpont’s General Education criteria of oral and written communication, critical thinking, professionalism, as well as globalism, and will serve as a General education elective.