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Global Scholar: Step-by-step

set yourself apartStep 1) Meet with your UARC Adviser or your Faculty Adviser (in your major) to discuss the Global Scholar Certificate and how it fits into your plans for graduation and beyond. You may find this Global Scholar Planning Sheet helpful.

Step 2) Declare the Global Scholar Certificate in Titan Web as you would an academic program, like a major or minor. This allows you to track your progress on your Advising Report and signals to those who examine your Advising Report before graduation that you have fulfilled the requirements to be distinguished as a Global Scholar at graduation.

Step 3) Chart your path with the help of your adviser, chart a couple possible paths you might take to completing the requirements. You will need:

1. 3cr. Global Citizenship (GC) (100/200 level). You may have already completed this! This is the USP Global Citizenship Requirement – you fulfill the requirement by taking a course designated GC – it may be a Quest course or an Explore course and may be paired with a signature question (or not). Before fall 2016, GC courses were denoted NW for Non-Western – that NW course may count, ask your adviser.

2. 9 cr. Global Scholar (GS) courses (300/400 level) – That’s three 3 cr. courses at the upper division level.

Only 6 cr. may be taken in the same department or program (so if you are a history major, you can take two GS History courses, but you’ll need a third GS course from a different department). Your goal is be broadly educated about Global Issues, contexts and problems… so think what kinds of courses might complement your growing global interests, or challenge you to think about programs from multiple perspectives.

You may substitute 3 cr. of additional GC designated foreign language (100/200 level) for a 3 cr. Global Scholar (GS) courses. This GC foreign language course cannot count as your GC course for #1 above.

3.Engage in a “high impact learning” experience, document that experience in an ePortfolio blog-style presentation and reflect on your learning as a Global Scholar. There are no credits associated with this requirement. Through your ePortfolio presentation you’ll document and reflect on experience, highlighting what you learned in relation to your personal and academic development, how you understand the world more broadly, can actively problem solve big issues, and appreciate the consequences of an interconnected and changing world for your field of study.

Here are some suggestions for different kinds of impactful learning experiences:

Study Away (exchange student at a U.S. University)
Study Abroad (international exchange student)
Participation in Model United Nations
Globally focused service learning activities
International research experience
Globally focused Faculty – Student collaborative research
Field work or field clinical
Globally focused independent research

Document and reflect on your experience and your global learning at UWO: Work with your faculty adviser to plan for your ePresentation requirement. The final product is provided to the Global Council. Your faculty adviser will sign a form that you have completed the requirement.

Step 4) Review your Advising Report and get ready for graduation! You will need: a cap and gown, family members, supportive faculty and friends, and a smile.