Over the two-year program, Global Communities students must take the educational courses described below to gain familiarity with campus life and expand their knowledge on contemporary issues including food security, sustainability, social media, and world economy. In their second year, students are encouraged to apply what they learned in the classroom in an experiential global experience.

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.

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.

Second Year Academic Requirements:

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:

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.

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