Course List

BSGC100  (1 credit-Fall) Introduction to Global Communities and to the University—This is the Global Communities version of a freshmen course (UNIV100) required by many majors. Our course introduces you to campus resources, how to develop a sense of community within the program, explore the surrounding community, and come to better understand themselves and how they relate in a diverse, multicultural, and global environment. We introduce the skills you will need to complete the Global Experience requirement of the program (see below). Some majors accept this course to fulfill the UNIV100 requirement, but others may require you to take their own version.

BSGC101 (3 credits-Fall) Globalization (General Education: History/Social Sciences; I-Series)Is globalization sustainable--economically, politically, socially? We explore different perspectives and ways of understanding the historical evolution and contemporary significance of growing interconnectedness in the world. The course challenges you to understand the different dimensions of globalization, the uneven nature of the process, and its susceptibility to reversal. We approach the topic from an interdisciplinary social science  perspective.

Course requirements include writing assignments, group projects, simulations, and debates.

BSGC102 (3 credits-Spring) Global Issues (General Education: History/Social Sciences)Can we solve global problems? Students build upon the previous course to explore some of the most significant global issues, such as refugees, food security, terrorism, and global media. A core requirement is a group project proposing addressing a particular issue or problem. Course requirements include writing assignments, exams, and group projects.
 
The Global Experience
All students must also complete a 3-credit Global Experience course. We want every student to engage with people from communities that are different from their own background—to begin to become comfortable with diversity and perhaps step outside your comfort zone and challenge yourself. We offer many different ways to complete this requirement:

Choose one of the following:

Capstone (non-credit project)

In the final semester of the program, students must submit a poster/slide reflecting the completion of their Global Experience requirement, as well as a Global e-Portfolio documenting their global resume, including courses and experiences outside of the Global Communities program.You must submit this project to Professor Haufler by the end of April in your second year in order to graduate from the program and receive a transcript notation.