First-Year Course Descriptions
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 on campus, and expand your knowledge, attitudes, and practices in our diverse, multicultural, and global environment. This course also outlines the steps you need to complete the Global Experience requirement of the program (outlined below). Some majors accept this course to fulfill the UNIV100 requirement, however, others require you to take their specific version - please follow-up with your academic advisor to confirm.
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.
Second Year Academic Requirements:
The Global Experience
Choose one of the following:
- Education Abroad Course - including BSGC338D - Global Service in the Dominican Republic (General Education: Diversity- Cultural Competency).
- Globally-oriented Internship Course
- Global Service Course - BSGC398A: Global Service (General Education: Diversity- Cultural Competency).
- Experiential Course
After you finish your experience, please complete this form: https://go.umd.edu/GCGlobalExperience
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.