Area of Engagement: Global Perspectives

Requirement Purpose

Global Perspectives courses engage students in an exploration of societies outside of the United States. While some courses may deal with a specific problem (e.g., global warming, genocide, human rights), others focus on larger trends over the course of time (e.g., art, religion, politics, history, economics, literature). By acquainting students with the diversity of thoughts, beliefs and values of a society (or societies) external to their own, these courses encourage a greater appreciation of and sensitivity to global diversity. Students will gain the knowledge and ability to operate within that diverse world in a manner that promotes engaged citizenship.

Required Course Characteristics

A course in this area will

GP CC1. investigate the origins and development of the culture and organization of the society
GP CC2. challenge student views and perceptions about cultures and societies different from their own
GP CC3. help students demonstrate sensitivity to cultural similarities and differences
GP CC4. have students assess their roles in the interconnected global community


Area of Engagement Learning Objectives

Through completion of a GP course, students should be able to

GP SLO1. analyze societal values through cultural practices, products and perspectives
GP SLO2. identify the challenges and achievements of the culture(s) and society(ies) under study
GP SLO3. analyze the values of the culture(s) as reflected in the decisions the society(ies) makes


GP Proposal Form