Global Citizen Scholars Minor Program Information
Dr. Karen Kornweibel, Director
PO Box 70294
The Global Citizen Scholars minor is only available to students admitted to the Global Citizen Scholars program. The Honors Global Citizen Scholars Program (GCS) utilizes an interdisciplinary approach based in the liberal arts and humanities to teach students to confront the most critical challenges of our globalized age. In doing so, it prepares students for personal and professional lives that make positive impacts both in their communities and in our rapidly changing global society. Through strategic institutional, community, and international partnerships as well as innovative academic, experiential, and co-curricular programming, students learn to become effective global citizens and global professionals who engage meaningfully and effectively with diverse people, places, events, challenges, and opportunities. The Global Citizen Scholars program focuses on helping students develop competencies to make them more prepared for and competitive for 21st-century workplaces. The three primary qualities related to global learning that define a GCS student are: global awareness (understanding the most important challenges facing all humans), global responsibility (exploring one’s ethical role in the world), and global participation (enacting changes that make a positive difference in the world). Others are more traditional competencies related to things like teamwork, communication, and adaptability, for example.
The Global Citizen Scholars minor is a tailored honors curriculum that offers unique learning opportunities in the liberal arts and humanities, global learning, and U.S. diversity. Honors Global scholars take a three-semester sequence, Human Rights and Global Citizenship, a series of honors critical thinking seminars that use the humanities and project-based learning to cultivate cultural literacy, knowledge of diversity and inclusion, and ethical thinking, while deepening skills of critical thinking and writing. The sequence includes a required study abroad at the end of the first year. Each Global Scholar will also complete an honors capstone project in their field of study, a project informed by the rest of their curriculum.