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Global Understanding & Engagement

Global Understanding & Engagement



In an increasingly interconnected global environment, it is critical to understand the processes that shape people’s experiences as well as the differing worldviews of various societies and cultures. Analyze diverse historical, social, and political exchanges that shape nations, regions, and cultural traditions.

Learning Outcomes

These are the learning outcomes that are expected of students after completing a course.


Classify and analyze diverse historical, social, and political exchanges that shape nations, regions, and cultural traditions of the world.


Translate among contrasting civic cultures, social values, and moral commitments that characterize differences among peoples and societies, including those beyond the North Atlantic region.


Assess ways that political and economic institutions shape contemporary global relations.


Explain human and environmental challenges that transcend national borders.

Questions for Students

These are the types of questions you should be able to answer after completing a course.


What forces connect and distinguish the experiences of peoples, societies, and human organization around the world?


How can I understand and compare differing worldviews?


What connections and differences exist between particular worldviews, experiences, societies, or power structures?


What ideas, approaches, and international sources allow scholars to compare societies?

Course Offerings

There are a wide range of courses you can take to meet the Global Understanding & Engagement focus capacity requirement. Here are a few examples

ENEC 201

Introduction to Environment and Society


GLBL 210

Global Issues and Globalization


NUTR 175

Introduction to Food Studies: From Science to Society


RELI 167

Global Christianity


WGST 101

Introduction to Women’s Studies


Faculty Resources

Any department may offer classes that fulfill any focus capacity as long as they meet the learning outcomes for that capacity.