Required Coursework for Global Bachelor's Program

The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences has specific requirements for students completing the Global Bachelor's Program. Learn more about the required courses for both the Ireland and China options.

 


Required for Both Tracks

Three one-credit cohort courses are required, as well as a minimum level in a foreign language.

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 the first destination.

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 students are abroad for their second or third experience.

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.

Additionally, all CCAS students in the Global Bachelor’s Program must complete one full year or two sequenced courses of study in the same foreign language or one full year or two courses of study in two foreign languages. It is suggested that students do even more foreign language study, at least to achieve second-year proficiency in one foreign language.

 


Additional Requirements by Location

Belfast

  • PSTD 3191: The Northern Ireland Conflict and Paths to Peace. PSTD 3191 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.

Shanghai

  • ECON 1011: Principles of Economics. 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. This is an upper-level Economics course that all students will take during their first semester abroad at Fudan University in Shanghai.

 


Suggested Course Schedules

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)

First Year

  • ECON 1011 - Principles of Economics I (Required)
  • ECON 1012 - Principles of Economics II (Recommended)

Sophomore Year Fall

  • IAFF 2040 - Global Inquiries (1 credit)

Sophomore Year 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.