Global Engagement Requirement

Starting in Fall 2018, Global Engagement will consist of approved intensive experiential learning, and enrollment in the 1-credit Global Engagement course following the experience. The goal of this experience is to bring into conversation theoretical ideas and concepts from the classroom with everyday realities on the ground. This experience will require you to reflect upon what it means to engage with the world in a thoughtful and ethical way, to understand and navigate uneven power dynamics, to build relationships with individuals and communities, and to consider questions of reciprocity and accountability.

You can fulfill this requirement through, for example, volunteer work, internships or experiences abroad, subject to advance approval by the program.

To fulfill this requirement you must:

  1. Submit a proposal for your Global Engagement Experience that includes the points below. The proposal should be two pages long, single-spaced.
    – Describe your Global Engagement experience in detail, including the location and the type of work you will be doing.
    – Explain how this experience will speak specifically to the content and themes of Global Studies courses. What are the specific types of questions or issues you will be exploring through your experiential learning site?
    Proposals will be considered twice a semester (Week 3 and Week 11). If you are planning to do your Global Engagement Experience this summer or fall, please send your proposal by April 15.
  2. Complete a minimum of 40 hours over the course of the experience. (Most students complete the experience during a semester or over the summer).
  3. Document your experience in the form of a hand-written or electronic journal (blog or other options). You may also include others materials (such as photographs, objects or other representational documents). Your written documentation must cover the entire period of the experience. These materials will be required for participation in the Global Engagement Colloquium, which you will be enrolled in the following semester.
  4. Register for the 1-credit Global Engagement course (UGLB 3903) the semester following your experience.


Examples of students’ Global Engagement experiences are available here.
Guidelines on how to keep a journal are available here and here.