2021-2022 Update:

  • In addition to the courses listed below please feel free to reach out to GC staff at globalcommunities [at] umd.edu to see if another course you are considering would qualify for our GC course requirement.

  • As a reminder, the course must include an experiential learning component, such as working on a project with students from another country. The objective is to apply what you have learned in the classroom in the real world.

Take your learning out of the classroom by enrolling in a globally-oriented experiential course. These experience-based courses are taught by UMD faculty in collaboration with a community partner, non-profit organization, or research initiative. Students who engage in these courses develop writing, interviewing, communication, and analytical skills as they contribute to the mission of the organization. In the classroom, students reflect on the process and conduct background research to understand the particular context of the organization's work. In the field, students will support their partner organization by working on various tasks, such as archiving, conducting interviews, or executing a program. 
The following course(s) are pre-approved:

*NOTE: Courses are subject to change. Students are advised to check Testudo or the offering department for additional details.   

Course Title

Course Description

Global Classroom Courses (3 credits)


Global Classrooms are virtual, project-based courses offered in collaboration with partner universities abroad. Visit Global Classroom Course offerings here
HESI318M - Applied Contextual Leadership; Leadership and Education
(3 credits) - Usually offered in Spring Semester  
This course will explore public education policy in the United States, including historical context, the achievement gap, school funding, standardized testing, and alternatives to the current public education system. It will also explore the meaning of leadership in an educational context and advocacy for change within this context. All students enrolled in the course must commit six hours per week of the semester to work with the America Reads, America Counts, or Partners in Print program and must receive permission to enroll by contacting Alison Barlow at abarlow [at] umd.edu. Visit www.arac.umd.edu for more information about AR*AC*PNP programs.
HESI418V - Special Topics in Leadership; Global Leadership in a Virtual Context (3 credits)

This is a Global Classrooms course, developed in partnership with the Office of International Affairs (OIA) to provide opportunities or virtual, project-based, international collaboration. Learn more Global Classrooms: go.umd.edu/gci.

In this course, UMD students are placed on virtual teams with students from an international institution to explore cross-cultural leadership. Students will be expected to meet for live sessions 5-7 times out of the semester, likely on Friday evenings, to accommodate time zone differences with our international partners.

ENGL361 - Recovering Oral Histories

Usually offered in Spring Semester 

Prerequisite: Students must have completed one course in English, Latin American Studies, or Education.

Service-learning course that gives students an opportunity to develop writing, interviewing, and communication skills as they contribute to the work of a community organization. In the classroom, students will reflect on the process and do background research to understand the particular context of the organization's work. In the field, students will interview (or have informal discussions with) young people helped by the organization in order to construct a narrative about their lives, their perceptions of themselves, and their experiences.

Prerequisite: Must have completed at least one course in English or Latin American Studies. Credit only granted for: ENGL261 or ENGL361. Formerly: ENGL261/ENGL361

AAST378 - Experiential Learning in Asian American Studies
Must register for at least 3 credits

Note - Contact instructor for enrollment and more information.

Project options may include:

  • Research Assistant for Study on Ethnic Racial Socialization Among Low SES and Middle SES Chinese American Families

  • Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project

  • Media Preservation - Interviews with Asian Americans

  • AAPI Advocates

GVPT 388R: Topic Investigations- Race Relations in the US & France 

The goal of the course is to contrast the experiences of racial and ethnic minorities in the US with those in France. It is designed to explore how racial and ethnic groups shape and are shaped by the American and French political systems. Among the topics to be covered include the meaning and measurement of race and ethnicity, immigration politics, prejudice, and political representation.

ARHU398Q - Elective Course Working with Entrepreneurs in Africa
(Spring Only)

Examines strategic quality management in a globalized setting with an emphasis on cross-cultural communication and culturally influenced perception of quality. One of four courses in the QUEST curriculum.

In this Quest course, we build on the foundation concepts of quality and substantially broaden our field of view. Specifically, we consider the subjective, customer-created definition of quality and the social and cultural forces that shape customer perspectives. We explore the differences in quality perceptions between US and non-US consumers, the sources of these differences, and the challenges they present in measuring expectations, performance, and customer satisfaction in a multinational business environment.

If you are not in QUEST please register for section 0102. 

CPSS 240: Contemporary Issues in STEM Education

This special section of CPSS 240 (DSSP; SCIS): Contemporary Issues in STEM Education is a collaboration between STS and World Learning, a global development and exchange nonprofit. The course is an opportunity to develop and apply your technical skills through critical design, application, and reflection of an ongoing cross-
cultural STEM initiative. You will collaborate with students from UMD, USA, Iraq, and the Palestinian territories. The course investigates a global perspective on STEM education, project management and design, coding, and international development.

To be considered for admission please email the course instructor - Matthew Aruch, maruch [at] umd.edu. Include your UID in the email. 

CPBE 270: Education Abroad Practicum A virtual study abroad course that will recreate the global experience, connecting YOU to people and companies from around the globe. While you may not be able to wander the winding streets of a new city, you can still gain meaningful global experiences – and earn three credits that will fulfill three general education requirements: diversity (global competence), scholarship in practice, and i-series. 

Spring 2021 class times are as follows: 

  • Monday 8:30-9:45AM (connects the class with leaders in Europe & Middle East) AND
  • Wednesday 7-8:30PM (connects the class to leaders in Asia).     
Companion Courses (you must take 2 or more courses in this category to secure the 3-credit requirement) 

Companion Courses - You must take 2 or more consecutive courses to secure the 3-credit requirement (More Course Coming Soon!):

  • In the 2020-2021 school year students are able to take two or more consecutive, companion courses to meet the 3-credit course requirement. Pre-approved courses are listed below. If you have additional courses of interest please reach out to Dr. Haufler for approval. 
    • CHSE 338 - Teaching and Learning about Cultural Diversity through Intergroup Dialogue (1 credit)
    • PLCY200 - Designing the Future of the World: The Sustainable Development Goals (1 credit)

SPAN374: Spanish in the Community (3 credits)

Provides students with context for understanding, communicating with, and working with the Spanish-speaking community. Topics include Latino/a demographics, cultures, communities, work opportunities and local uses of Spanish. Requires outside service-learning work.

Prerequisite: SPAN303; and (SPAN311 or SPAN316). Or permission of instructor.

Credit Only Granted for: SPAN374 or SPAN359B.

Formerly: SPAN359B.



Global Experience - Course at UMD Capstone Poster
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