Required Coursework

General Required Coursework for both GBP Tracks

Three one-credit cohort courses will address pervasive global trends, issues of culture and identity, challenges and opportunities associated with cultural immersion, and the integration of global learning experiences with their overall undergraduate education. 

- IAFF 2040: Global Inquiries - This course will require students to set specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, and timely (SMART) goals for their global learning experience and identify key approaches and contributions of a specific discipline to address one or more global issue.  This course will be taken prior to each student’s departure to his or her first destination.

- IAFF 2040: Global Investigations - This course will require students to consider how their attitudes, behavior, and choices have an impact on their experiences abroad and how they have been changed by the host culture. They will also continue working towards their previously identified SMART goals.  This course will be taken while the student is abroad for his or her 2nd or 3rd experience.

- IAFF 2040: Global Insights - In this capstone course, students will assess how their global learning experiences have affected their knowledge and understanding within their discipline and develop a research product to present their global learning experience to the GW community.  This course will be taken during the student’s senior year.  

 

Required Coursework for Students Interested in the Belfast Option

PSTD 3191: The Northern Ireland Conflict and Paths to Peace is an upper-level Peace Studies course that all students will take during their first semester abroad at Queen’s University Belfast.  There are no prerequisites for this course.

 

Required Coursework for Students Interested in the Shanghai Option

Students are required to have completed at least the first half of the Principles of Economics sequence (ECON 1011) during their freshman year, but the entire introductory Economics sequence of ECON 1011 and ECON 1012 is advised.

ECON 2180: International Economics is an upper-level Economics course that all students will take during their first semester abroad at Fudan University in Shanghai.

 

Additional Coursework Required for CCAS Students

CCAS students in the Global Bachelor’s Program are required to complete at least one year of coursework in a foreign language. In preparation for the semester in Shanghai, it is recommended that students take CHIN 1001: Beginning Chinese I, but students are encouraged to choose whichever language will complement their intended study abroad experiences. (Please note that the foreign language coursework must be completed in-residence at the university level. Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate credit and language placement tests cannot waive this requirement.)

 

Suggested Timeline of Required Global Bachelor’s Coursework:

 

Belfast

First Year

Spring

IAFF 2040 - Global Inquiries (1 credit) – Taken after admission to the program

 

Sophomore Year

Fall

Cohort Semester Belfast

PSTD 3191 - The Northern Ireland Conflict and Paths to Peace (5 credits)

 

Junior Year

IAFF 2040 - Global Investigations (1 credit)*

2nd Study Abroad Semester

3rd Study Abroad Semester OR 8+ Week International Internship**

 

Senior Year

IAFF 2040 - Global Insights (1 credit)

 

Shanghai

First Year

- ECON 1011 - Principles of Economics I

ECON 1012 - Principles of Economics II (Recommended)

 

Sophomore Year

Fall

- IAFF 2040 - Global Inquiries (1 credit)

Spring

Cohort Semester Shanghai (Spring)

ECON 2180 - Survey of International Economics (3 credits)

 

Junior Year

IAFF 2040 - Global Investigations (1 credit)*

2nd Study Abroad Semester

3rd Study Abroad Semester OR 8+ Week International Internship**

 

Senior Year

IAFF 2040 - Global Insights (1 credit)

 

*The second cohort course, Global Investigations, is an online course that can be taken while the student is abroad during either the fall or spring semester of junior year or the fall of senior year.

**The optional 8+ Week International Internship may be completed at any time after the first cohort semester. Students who are considering undertaking an international internship should note that the Belfast semester runs from mid-September through mid-December, and the Fudan semester runs from March through late June. Internship start and end dates should be planned accordingly.