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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?

Recurring Capacities

Every focus capacity course includes the following activities:


Writing, totaling at least 10 pages in length or the intellectual equivalent


Presenting material to the class, smaller groups, or the public through oral presentations, webpages, or other means


Collaborating in pairs or groups to learn, design, solve, create, build, or research

These elements – referred to as “recurring capacities” – will help you repeatedly practice crucial skills for future study, life, and career success.

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:

Faculty Resources

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

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