Program Requirements - Class of 2017


Program Requirements - Classes of 2015 & 2016

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For students in Cohort VI and VII, program requirements are located here.

  • GCP 010: Introduction to Global Citizenship (Fall)
  • GCP/ENGL 007: Global Literature (Spring)
  • Related service activities and day excursions
  • GCP 285: Junior Practicum (Fall or Spring)
  • GCP 385: Capstone (Fall and Spring)
Floating Requirements*
  • 3-GCP approved, student chosen elective courses (of these 3 courses, we recomment students take 1 introductory GCP-approved course)
  • second experience abroad (Study Abroad)
  • at least 2-3 co-curricular activities per semester
  • 5 courses
  • 2 practica
  • 1 Capstone project
  • 2 study abroad experiences
  • multiple co-curricular events on and off campus


*Floating Requirements

Three GCP-approved elective courses are chosen by each student according to his or her curricular needs. Students choose among the numerous courses (re)designed by the faculty who participated in the GC faculty seminars. These courses are designed to fulfill distribution requirements across all three colleges and can be taken any time during the student’s undergraduate study. They can also count as general electives or fulfill major or minor requirements. The full list of courses is constantly updated. Find the current list here. Consultation with your major advisor and with the Director is advised.

Introductory GCP-approved courses may include (but are not limited to):

  1. IR 010: Introduction to World Politics
  2. POLS 003: Comparative Politics
  3. GS 001: Introduction to Global Studies
  4. EES 002: Introduction to Environmental Science
  5. ANTH 111: Comparative Cultures
  6. MLL 006: Globalization and Cultures

ECO 001 counts for students admitted between Fall 2004-2008, but not after.

Second Study Abroad experience usually takes place during junior year. The second study abroad experience need not bear credit to count toward the GC certificate, although students may apply credit earned to their degree requirements. Learn more here.

Co-curricular activities include GC-sponsored or GC-approved events like speakers, movies, or trips, but also internships, volunteering experiences, etc. Co-curricular activities do not carry academic credit but are critical to the program's goals. Students are encouraged to not only take part in co-curricular activities already available on campus, but also to assist in the planning and organization of such activities.


Course Descriptions

GCP 010: Introduction to Global Citizenship
A reflection on the multi-faceted notion of “global citizenship.” What does it mean to be a “citizen”? Is there an irreconcilable divide between patriotism/nationalism and cosmopolitanism? Is it possible to cultivate contrasting allegiances (e.g., to one’s community, one’s country, the world)? How can we reconcile the sometimes conflicting calls of local action and global impact? Fulfills the ENGL 001 requirement and is designed specifically for students in the GC Program. For students who have AP or other transfer credit for ENGL 001, GCP 098 counts as a separate course (no student loses credit).

GCP/ENG 007: Global Literature
This multidisciplinary seminar asks students to explore the notion of “global citizenship” by using the lens of literature, i.e., by applying rhetorical and persuasive techniques to address various issues. Literature from the country or region targeted by the intersession trip will be the object of the students’ explorations. Additionally, students will work on the literary journals written during their intersession trip abroad. GCP/ENGL 007 fulfills the ENGL 002 requirement, and is designed specifically for students in the GC program. Students who have AP or other transfer credit for ENGL 002 can take GCP/ENGL 007 without relinquishing their credit for ENGL 002. However, students with AP credits for both ENGL 001 and ENGL 002 can only have one of them counted towards the GC requirements. Contact the Program Director for further clarifications.

GCP 085: Sophomore Practicum
Preparation for sophomore Global Citizenship intersession trip. Focus on the country of travel will include culture, politics, economics, art, religion, trade and technology. Taught by the faculty leader of the inter-session trip.

GCP 285: Junior Practicum
A junior year seminar aiming at preparing students in the GC Program for their senior Capstone. Participants may be paired with current seniors to assist them in designing and implementing their Capstone projects.  Additional activities may include: philanthropic activities; reading groups; guest speakers from prominent local non-profit organizations and/or international NGOs; writing and reflective exercises on second study abroad experience; small research projects; service and/or service-learning activities; production of media-based artifacts relating to global citizenship.    

GCP 385: Global Citizenship Capstone
Students are required to complete a senior project or paper that reflects on their personal concept of global citizenship as it relates to a specific topic in their individual disciplines. Students meet weekly in a seminar format to discuss their projects and peer review each other’s work. Global Citizenship projects can be wrapped into other senior projects that are required for students’ majors or programs. Seminar is taught by the Director of Global Citizenship, who will work closely with students and their faculty advisors.

GCP-approved elective course offering